Top 10 upcoming Xbox Series X console exclusives not coming to the PS5
Xbox Series X haters might say that there’s no such thing as an Xbox Series X exclusive game. They say that since these games are coming to PC anyway, they aren’t exactly “exclusive.” But regardless of what these people say, the games we’ll be talking about today don’t seem to be coming to the PS5, anyway. Hence, we’ll continue referring to these games as Xbox Series X exclusives, or “console-exclusives”, if you will.
In any case, these ten Xbox Series X exclusive games must be the most anticipated upcoming games for the Microsoft console. With no chances of arriving at Sony’s own console, Microsoft is hedging their bets on these games in succeeding in this generation’s console wars. Will these ten games bring forth victory to Xbox Series X and Microsoft? These are our top 10 picks for Xbox Series X exclusive games not coming to the PS5.
Top 10 upcoming Xbox Series X exclusives not coming to PS5 (As of October 22, 2021)
Halo Infinite (343 Industries, December 8, 2021)
Halo Infinite will be the grand return of the Halo franchise. Exclusive to the Xbox Series X in consoles, and will also be available on PC, Halo Infinite will have a free-to-play multiplayer version for the first time. It will also feature a never-ending battle pass, which is quite a novel way of monetization.
Above all, Halo Infinite seems to have a very fluid and snappy gameplay loop, which will surely benefit both its single-player campaign and multiplayer mode. The game’s release’s delay may have disappointed some, but we’re convinced that it’s all for the better. Fans of the series will surely flock to this game regardless, but will it be able to make new fans and steal victory in the console wars?
Fable 4 (PlayGround Games, TBA)
The developers of the Forza games will be using the same engine for their racing open-world to bring this RPG series into the open-world sphere as well. Fable has a very strong following, even in spite of the many disappointments it has given its fans over time. Still, Fable 4 remains to be one of the most promising and most hyped games coming to the Xbox Series X.
While we don’t have a lot of information yet about this game, knowing that Playground Games will be handling it should give its followers some form of reassurance. We only have a cinematic trailer so far with no gameplay footage available. Development for the game seems to still be in the early phases, so we’ll have to wait a bit more for this game’s release.
State of Decay 3 (Undead Labs, TBA)
Announced a full year ago, Undead Labs’ third game in their popular franchise will continue being exclusive to Xbox consoles. State of Decay 3 will try to fix the ills of the second game, especially since the first one was so much more successful in the eyes of critics. Coming out on the Xbox Series X, the third game will aim to get the series back to form.
Sadly, we don’t have a lot to go for with State of Decay 3. The game continues to be on production, and won’t be coming out anytime soon.
Starfield (Bethesda, November 11, 2022)
When Bethesda isn’t busy porting Skyrim to everyone’s appliances, they actually make new games. The game studio’s first foray in a while outside of their established franchises will be Starfield. When it was revealed that it’s going to be an Xbox Series X console exclusive, everyone lost their collective wits. If anything, Starfield could be Microsoft’s ticket to the console wars in this early part of the console generation. It could become the title you’d be buying the Xbox Series X for.
Or it could be a total bust, like Fallout 76. Nevertheless, Starfield remains to be one of the most anticipated new releases for Microsoft’s new console. It will take a while before we get there, but November 2022 will be coming soon enough.
Forza Horizon 5 (Playground Games, November 5, 2021)
If Microsoft is trying to get past its rival, then it has to ride the right vehicles to success. Thankfully, the Forza series has always done a good job for Microsoft. Forza Horizon 5, the next game in the series, should be able to help Microsoft get ahead of its competition. It could leave Sony in the dust if they don’t come out with their own racing game that could rival Forza Horizon 5.
Playground Games will have the opportunity to make use of next-gen features to make Forza Horizon 5 extra special. While the series has always been known for its great graphics and beautiful scenery, its release on the Xbox Series X could really amp up its strong points.
CrossfireX (Smilegate Entertainment, 2021)
CrossfireX had an open beta late last year, and we’re set to receive the final product sometime this year. We also saw new gameplay footage from the recent Gamescom 2021 presentation, and we’re really excited to see how well this title will do. Will it be able to compete against Call of Duty and Battlefield? Only those who get an Xbox Series X (or Xbox One) will find out.
Redfall (Arkane Studios, 2022)
We can’t get enough of loot, and we can’t ever get enough of looter shooters. After releasing a great PS5-only game in 2021, Arkane Studios turns around and goes ahead developing another sure hit, this time for the Xbox Series X. It will take a long wait for Xbox fans to get their hands on Arkane’s latest, however, as Redfall isn’t due to come out until 2022.
Warhammer 40K: Darktide (Fatshark, TBA 2022)
There are two scenarios where you’d want to play Warhammer 40K: Darktide. One, you’re a Warhammer 40K fan and want to experience getting your boots on the ground for once. Two, is if you’ve played Warhammer Vermintide and thought, “damn, I wish I was shooting guns here instead of swinging swords.” Darktide and Vermintide are developed by the same people, and you’ll surely get your money’s worth if it’s as well-made as Vermintide.
Sadly, while it was originally announced to come out later this year for the Xbox Series X/S, the game’s release has just been pushed back to 2022. That means more time for Fatshark to fine-tune the game, but that also means a longer waiting time for us.
Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II (Ninja Theory, TBA)
The sequel to the critically-acclaimed Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice will be an Xbox Series X exclusive. That means Sony and Nintendo loyalists who thoroughly enjoyed the game will be forced to get a Microsoft console just to play Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II. That, or settle with playing it on a PC. Tough luck if they don’t have a strong enough gaming rig to play this game. Either way, some people might have to fork out some cash to play this game.
Regardless, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II will surely hype up a lot of its fans. It’s an important video game in the industry – one that successfully covers sensitive topics with great care and nuance. Those who enjoyed the first one will surely, surely, give the Xbox Series X a chance.
STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl (GSC Game World, April 28, 2022)
Finally, we talk about a sequel that is over a decade in the making. Fans of the original STALKER game rejoiced when STALKER 2 showed up during the Microsoft conference at E3 2021. What made it even better was the fact that we got to see some gameplay footage already in the game. The long wait might not yet be over – but what’s another several months if we’ve already waited for a decade, right?
STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl will be the first time the STALKER series will be on consoles. Microsoft fans are lucky to have the game coming to the Xbox Series X. Xbox fans will finally get a taste of the brilliant FPS shooter called STALKER, and lucky for them to experience the game with next-gen graphics and features.
That’s our list for the top 10 upcoming Xbox Series X console exclusives not coming to the PS5. Are you hyped for any of these titles? Did any game you’re expecting not on the list? Is Xbox Series X/S winning over the PS5 now, or is Sony still ahead? Regardless, we gamers reap the benefits of this tight competition between the two. If you want, you can also check out our Top 10 Upcoming PS5 console exclusives not coming to the Xbox Series X article.