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Here’s every game coming to the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X in 2021

For the early adopters of next-gen hardware

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.

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.

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 01/28/2021 Xbox only No Yes
The Pedestrian 01/29/2021 PS5 only No, PS5 exclusive Yes
Control: Ultimate Edition 02/02/2021 Both Yes, upgrade only with Ultimate Edition Yes
Destruction AllStars 02/02/2021 PS5 only No, PS5 exclusive No
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
Anodyne 2: Return to Dust 02/18/2021 Both Yes No
Maquette 03/02/2021 PS5 only Yes Yes
Yakuza: Like a Dragon 03/02/2021 (PS5) Available now on Xbox, PS5 on 03/02/2021 Yes Yes
Mortal Shell: Enhanced Edition 03/04/2021 Both No No
Monster Energy Supercross: The Official Video Game 4 03/11/2021 Both Yes Yes
Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time 03/12/2021 Both Yes, free upgrade Yes
Mundaun 03/16/2021 Both Yes Yes
Samurai Spirits (aka Samurai Shodown) 03/16/2021 Xbox only Yes Yes
R.B.I. Baseball 21 03/16/2021 Both Yes Yes
Undertale 03/16/2021 Xbox only Yes Yes
Marvel's Avengers 03/18/2021 Both Yes, free upgrade Yes
Can't Drive This 03/19/2021 Both Yes Yes
Black Legend 03/25/2021 Both Yes Yes
DARQ: Complete Edition 03/25/2021 Both No No
Balan Wonderland 03/26/2021 Both Yes Yes
It Takes Two 03/26/2021 Both Yes Yes
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 03/26/2021 Both Free upgrade with Cross-Gen Digital Deluxe Edition Yes
Disco Elysium: The Final Cut 03/30/2021 PS5 on 03/031/2021; Xbox TBD Yes Yes
Outriders 04/01/2021 Both Yes Yes
Curse of the Sea Rats 04/01/2021 Both Yes Yes
Oddworld: Soulstorm 04/06/2021 PS5 Yes Yes
Guilty Gear Strive 04/09/2021 PS5 only Yes Yes
MLB The Show 21 04/20/2021 Both Yes No
MotoGP 21 04/20/2021 Both Yes Yes
Judgement 04/23/2021 Both No No
Genshin Impact 04/28/2021 PS5 Yes Yes
R-Type Final 2 04/29/2021 Xbox only Yes No
Returnal 04/30/2021 PS5 only No, PS5 exclusive No
Terminator: Resistance 04/30/2021 PS5 only Yes Yes
Resident Evil Village 05/07/2021 Both Yes, free upgrade Yes
Hood: Outlaws & Legends 05/10/2021 Both Yes Yes
Subnautica: Below Zero 05/14/2021 Both Yes Yes
Knockout City 05/21/2021 Both Yes Yes
MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries 05/27/2021 Xbox only Yes Yes
The Persistence Enhanced 06/04/2021 Both Yes Yes
Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 06/04/2021 Both Yes Yes
The Elder Scrolls Online 06//08/2021 Both Yes Yes
Neptunia ReVerse 06/08/2021 PS5 No No
Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade 06/10/2021 PS5 only Yes No
Guilty Gear Strive 06/11/2021 PS5 only Yes Yes
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart 06/11/2021 PS5 only No, PS5 exclusive No
Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance 06/22/2021 Both Yes Yes
Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX 06/24/2021 Both Yes Yes
Scarlet Nexus 06/25/2021 Both Yes Yes
Last Stop July 2021 Xbox only No Yes
Little Devil Inside July 2021 PS5 only Yes Yes
F1 2021 07/16/2021 Both Yes Yes
Cris Tales 07/20/2021 Xbox only Yes Yes
Blaster Master Zero 3 07/29/2021 Both Yes Yes
Blood Bowl 3 August 2021 Both Yes Yes
In Sound Mind 08/3/2021 Both Yes Yes
Kena: Bridge of Spirits 08/24/2021 PS5 only Yes Yes
WRC 10 09/2/2021 Both Yes Yes
Life is Strange: True Colors 09/10/2021 Both Yes Yes
Deathloop 09/14/2021 PS5 only No, PS5 exclusive Yes
Hot Wheels Unleashed 09/30/2021 Both Yes Yes
Ghostwire: Tokyo October 2021 PS5 only No Yes
The Dark Pictures: House of Ashes October 2021 Both Yes Yes
Exophobia 10/05/2021 Both Yes Yes
Back 4 Blood 10/12/2021 Both Yes Yes
12 Minutes 2021 Xbox only Yes Yes
Adios 2021 Xbox only No Yes
Aliens: Fireteam 2021 Both No Yes
Aragami 2 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
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
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
Final Fantasy XIV 2021 PS5 Yes, free upgrade 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
Grand Theft Auto V 2021 Both Yes Yes
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
Metro Exodus 2021 Both Yes, free upgrade Yes
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2021 Xbox only No Yes
Mundaun 2021 Both 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
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
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
Solar Ash 2021 PS5 only Yes Yes
Song of Iron 2021 Xbox only Yes Yes
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order 2021 Both Yes, free upgrade Yes
Stray 2021 PS5 only Yes 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 Gunk 2021 Xbox only 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 – 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
Forspoken 2022 PS5 only No, PS5 exclusive Yes
Ark 2 2022 Xbox only No, Xbox exclusive Yes
Hogwarts Legacy 2022 Both Yes Yes
Gotham Knights 2022 Both Yes Yes
Gran Turismo 7 2022 PS5 only No No
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League 2022 Both TBD Yes
The Callisto Protocol 2022 Both No Yes
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum 2022 Both Yes 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.