As soon as the Xbox Series X hit the market in 2020, backward compatibility immediately gave it a catalog filled with hundreds of incredible Xbox One titles. In the following months, however, it put together its own roster of games and next-generation updates that fully utilized its increased processing power. Nowhere is this more evident than in open-world games, which radically benefit from reduced load times and increased frame rates.
If you’re looking for the best open-world games on the Xbox Series X, you’ve got plenty of options to choose from. For this list, we restricted our choices to games that have either launched on the Xbox Series X or have received next-gen updates to improve their performance. Plenty of other great open-world games are still playable on the system but don’t yet have a next-gen update, so they’ve been excluded.
Instead, you’ll want to take a look at these games that showcase the power of your new Xbox Series X.
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Forza Horizon 5 gets a lot of things right, but nothing is more impressive than its colorful landscapes. From volcanoes and small villages to a tropical coast and dense jungles, every inch of its world is begging to be explored. And — thanks to a large roster of supercars — every second is just as thrilling as you’d expect. While Forza Horizon 5 is an easy recommendation for car fanatics, even casual racing fans will find a lot to love about the next-gen game. Everything you do rewards you with experience (even crashing into structures and causing mayhem), so there’s always a constant sense of progression. Couple that with the Xbox Series X’s impressive graphics, and its easy to get lost in this Mexican paradise for hours on end.
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