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

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

1/28/2021

Xbox only

No

Yes

The Pedestrian

1/1/2021

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

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 Wonderland

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

Resident Evil Village

05/07/2021

Both

Yes, free upgrade

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

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

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 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

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 Thunderis 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.

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