Just over two months after their release, the PS5 and Xbox Series X / S continue to be some of the most desirable gadgets in the world. While it’s still very difficult to get your hands on a new console, those lucky enough to own one can enjoy something unprecedented in modern gaming history. For the first time, next-gen console owners can take their existing library — whether it’s physical, digital, or a mix of the two — and bring it to a next-gen platform.
That gives consumers unprecedented freedom in deciding where they want to play and what performance benefits are worthwhile enough to upgrade. And technologies like cross-platform play and now even cross-generation support will allow people to still play with their friends, even if they don’t upgrade to the latest gaming hardware.
Giving consumers unprecedented freedom in deciding where they want to play
Yes, both consoles arrived within seven years of the last generation of console hardware. And while it’s likely within the first year of both consoles’ lifespan that many of the hottest titles may launch on last- and current-gen simultaneously, there’s still a good chunk of games that will be exclusive titles playable only a PS5 or Xbox Series X / S.
Besides 4K, the solid-state drives, and other spec changes, Microsoft and Sony have pledged to support close to every title in the existing console platforms’ libraries. Every Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox One game currently playable on existing Xbox One hardware (minus Kinect games) will be playable on the Series X / S, while Sony is supporting a “vast majority” of PS4 games, totaling more than 4,000 titles. With both consoles early into their lifespan, it’s easy for many to return to older games to help fill the gap in between long wait periods for more titles to be added to each console’s library.
The new consoles let you take a majority of your existing libraries with you
This changes the calculus a bit with regard to buying a new console. No longer do you have to abandon what you were playing on your old device and start anew. And thanks to some genuinely consumer-friendly initiatives like Xbox Smart Delivery and similar upgrade programs, plenty of the games we own now or are planning to buy in the next couple of months will not only work on the new platforms, but in most cases, they’ll also come with free upgrades from the standard PS4 and Xbox One versions. Sony also introduced the PlayStation Plus Collection, a library of PS4 games available for free with its online subscription service.
That leaves us with one big issue: how do you know what new games are coming out for which platforms and when? There’s also the painstaking process of parsing whether a game company is giving out a free next-gen upgrade of a cross-gen title, charging a little extra, or releasing a next-gen-only game.
2021 is packed full of new releases and full optimizations of cross-gen games that should further pad out what’s available to play on your new system of choice. We’ve compiled the list below to help you understand every game coming out during the first year of the PS5 and Xbox Series X / S.
This excludes games without release dates that may have been previously announced — like Elder Scrolls VI and the Fable reboot, for example — and any games that were released for either console in 2020, including launch titles. We’ve also chosen only to list release dates for games where the publisher has chosen a concrete date with both day and month.
PS5 & Xbox Series X/S 2021 Release Schedule
Game Release Date Xbox Series or PS5? Cross-gen? PC? Game Release Date Xbox Series or PS5? Cross-gen? PC? MXGP 2020 01/14/2021 PS5 only No, PS5 exclusive No Hitman 3 01/20/2021 Both Free upgrade from digital Yes Ride 4 01/21/2021 Both No No Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy 01/26/2021 PS5 No, PS5 exclusive Yes Cyber Shadow 01/26/2021 PS5 only No, PS5 exclusive Yes The Medium 1/28/2021 Xbox only No Yes The Pedestrian 1/1/2021 PS5 only No, PS5 exclusive Yes Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood 02/04/2021 Both Yes Yes Nioh Remastered – The Complete Edition 02/05/2021 PS5 only No, PS5 exclusive No Nioh 2 Renastered – The Complete Edition 02/05/2021 PS5 only No, PS5 exclusive No Little Nightmares 2 02/11/2021 Both Yes Yes Destruction AllStars February 2021 PS5 only No, PS5 exclusive No Yakuza: Like a Dragon 03/02/2021 (PS5) Available now on Xbox, PS5 on 03/02/2021 Yes Yes Monster Energy Supercross: The Official Videogame 4 03/11/2021 Both Yes Yes Samurai Spirits (aka Samurai Shodown) 03/16/2021 Xbox only Yes Yes Returnal 03/19/2021 PS5 only No, PS5 exclusive No It Takes Two 03/26/2021 Both Yes Yes Balan Wonderworld 03/26/2021 Both Yes Yes Terminator: Resistance 03/26/2021 PS5 only Yes Yes Disco Elysium: The Final Cut 03/01/2021 (PS5) PS5 on 03/031/2021; Xbox TBD Yes Yes Kena: Bridge of Spirits March 2021 PS5 only Yes Yes Outriders 04/01/2021 Both Yes Yes Guilty Gear Strive 04/09/2021 PS5 only Yes Yes Curse of the Sea Rats 04/01/2021 Both Yes Yes Hood: Outlaws & Legends 05/10/2021 Both Yes Yes Deathloop 05/21/2021 PS5 only No, PS5 exclusive Yes Back 4 Blood 06/22/2021 Both Yes Yes Solar Ash June 2021 PS5 only Yes Yes Little Devil Inside July 2021 PS5 only Yes Yes Ghostwire: Tokyo October 2021 PS5 only No Yes 12 Minutes 2021 Xbox only Yes Yes Adios 2021 Xbox only No Yes Aragami 2 2021 Both Yes Yes Blood Bowl 3 2021 Both Yes Yes Braid: Anniversary Edition 2021 Both Yes Yes Bright Memory Infinite 2021 Xbox only No, Xbox exclusive Yes Chernobylite 2021 Both Yes Yes Chivalry 2 2021 Both Yes Yes Chorus 2021 Both Yes Yes Control: Ultimate Edition 2021 Both Yes, upgrade only with Ultimate Edition Yes Cris Tales 2021 Both Yes Yes CrossfireX 2021 Xbox only Yes, free upgrade Yes Cyberpunk 2077 2021 Both Yes, free upgrade Yes CYGNI: All Guns Blazing 2021 Both Yes Yes DARQ: Complete Edition 2021 Both Yes No Dawn of the Monsters 2021 Both Yes Yes Dead Static Drive 2021 Xbox only Yes Yes Doom Eternal 2021 Both Yes, free upgrade Yes Dynasty Warriors 9: Empires 2021 Both Yes Yes Echo Generation 2021 Xbox only Yes Yes EcxoMecha 2021 Xbox only Yes Yes Exo One 2021 Xbox only No Yes Evil Dead: The Game 2021 Both Yes Yes Evil West 2021 Both Yes Yes Far Cry 6 2021 Both Yes Yes F.I.S.T.: Forged in Shadow Torch 2021 PS5 only Yes Yes Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach 2021 PS5 only Yes Yes Flea Madness 2021 Both No Yes Ghostrunner 2021 Both Yes Yes God of War: Ragnarok 2021 PS5 only TBD TBD Goodbye Volcano High 2021 PS5 only Yes Yes Gotham Knights 2021 Both Yes Yes Grand Theft Auto V 2021 Both Yes Yes Gran Turismo 7 2021 PS5 only No No Graven 2021 Both Yes Yes Guilty Gear Strive 2021 PS5 only Yes Yes Halo Infinite 2021 Xbox only Yes Yes Heavenly Bodies 2021 PS5 only Yes Yes Hello Neighbor 2 2021 Xbox only Yes Yes Hellpoint 2021 Both Yes Yes Horizon Forbidden West 2021 PS5 only Yes Yes Hood: Outlaws and Legends 2021 Both Yes Yes In Sound Mind 2021 Both No Yes Insurgency: Sandstorm 2021 Both Yes Yes Jett: The Far Shore 2021 PS5 only Yes Yes King Arthur: Knight’s Tale 2021 Both No Yes Lake 2021 Xbox only No Yes Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga 2021 Both Yes Yes Little Witch in the Woods 2021 Xbox only No Yes Marvel’s Avengers 2021 Both Yes, free upgrade Yes Metro Exodus 2021 Both Yes, free upgrade Yes Microsoft Flight Simulator 2021 Xbox only No Yes Mundaun 2021 Both Yes Yes Neptunia ReVerse 2021 PS5 No No Oddworld: Soulstorm 2021 PS5 Yes Yes Party Crasher Simulator 2021 Both Yes Yes Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis 2021 Xbox only Yes Yes Praey for the Gods 2021 PS5 Yes Yes Psychonauts 2 2021 Xbox only Yes Yes Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart 2021 PS5 only No, PS5 exclusive No Resident Evil Village 2021 Both Yes Yes Riders Republic 2021 Both Yes Yes RPG Time 2021 Xbox only No Yes R-Type Final 2 2021 Both Yes Yes Ruined King: A League of Legends Story 2021 Both Yes Yes Sable 2021 Xbox only Yes Yes Scarlet Nexus 2021 Both Yes Yes Scorn 2021 Xbox only No Yes Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II 2021 Xbox only TBD Yes She Dreams Elsewhere 2021 Xbox only Yes Yes Shredders 2021 Xbox only No Yes Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One 2021 Both Yes Yes Song of Iron 2021 Xbox only Yes Yes Stray 2021 PS5 only Yes Yes Subnautica / Subnautica: Below Zero 2021 Both Yes, free upgrade Yes S.T.A.L.E.R. 2 2021 Xbox only No Yes Temtem 2021 (Xbox) PS5 and PC available now; Xbox in 2021 Yes Yes The Artful Escape 2021 Xbox only Yes Yes The Ascent 2021 Xbox only Yes, free upgrade Yes The Big Con 2021 Xbox only No, Xbox exclusive Yes The Dark Pictures: House of Ashes 2021 Both Yes Yes The Elder Scrolls Online 2021 Both Yes Yes The Gunk 2021 Xbox only Yes Yes The Last Stop 2021 Xbox only No Yes The Lord of the Rings: Gollum 2021 Both Yes Yes The Wild at Heart 2021 Xbox only No Yes The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 2021 Both Yes, free upgrade Yes Tribes of Midgard 2021 PS5 only Yes Yes Tunic 2021 Xbox only No Yes Unlimited Fishing Simulator 2 2021 Both Yes Yes Unexplored 2: The Wayfarer’s Legacy 2021 Xbox only No Yes Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 2021 Both Yes Yes Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong 2021 Both No Yes War Mongrels 2021 Both Yes Yes Warhammer 40,000: Darktide 2021 Xbox only No Yes Way to the Woods 2021 Xbox only No Yes Project Athia January 2022 PS5 only No, PS5 exclusive Yes Ark 2 2022 Xbox only No, Xbox exclusive Yes Hogwarts Legacy 2022 Both Yes Yes Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League 2022 Both TBD Yes The Callisto Protocol 2022 Both No Yes Pragmata 2023 Both TBD Yes
Update November 4th, 2020, 12:35PM ET: Added that ARK: Survival Evolved recently released an Xbox Series X enhancement update that will be available to new console owners on launch day.
Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated Haven would be a PS5-only release and that War Thunder would be Xbox Series-only at launch. Those are incorrect; Haven is also coming to Xbox Series X and Xbox One and as part of Game Pass at launch, and War Thunder is slated for PS5 mid-November. We regret the errors.
Update January 15th, 2021, 5PM ET: Updated to add additional titles releasing in 2021 and update any games that may have been delayed into this year.