Xbox Series X will have THOUSANDS of games available to play at launch, Microsoft reveals

GAMERS will be able to play "thousands" of titles on the Xbox Series X from launch day.

Microsoft says it has already completed significant testing – and that these games are already playable on the next-gen console.

The new Xbox Series X is expected to launch later this year, likely in October or November.

Much of its success versus the PlayStation 5 will be how impressive the console's launch roster of games is.

Microsoft is already working on lining up brand new games that will be ready to play for launch.

But the tech giant also says that thousands of classic games from previous consoles will also be supported from day one.

Better still, many of these games will run even better than they originally did – due to the advanced hardware inside the Xbox Series X.

"With more than 100,000 hours of play testing already completed, thousands of games are already playable on Xbox Series X today.

"Many of us in Team Xbox play on the Xbox Series X daily as our primary console and switching between generations is seamless.

"By the time we launch this holiday, the team will have spent well over 200,000 hours ensuring your game library is ready for you to jump in immediately."

Microsoft says that all of the games run at "the peak performance they were originally designed for", with higher and more steady frame rates.

And they'll render at their maximum resolution and visually quality.

The Xbox maker also says that players will see "significant reductions" to in-game load times.

Microsoft's Xbox Series X will also be able to retroactively add HDR support to older games – even original Xbox titles developed almost 20 years ago, "before the existence of HDR".

It's possible that both the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 will offer similar backwards compatibility.

Back in February, Ubisoft chief Yves Guillemot said the majority of current console games would work on both consoles.

"Those consoles will be running almost all the back catalogue of the previous consoles," the Ubisoft boss explained.

He continued: "It will be something new in the industry.

"It will help the old generations to continue to be big consoles on the market for years to come."

How much will the PS5 and Xbox Series X cost?

Here's what you need to know…

Respected Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter thinks we'll see a major price war.

"From what I've seen, Sony's gonna have to charge $500 for the PS5," he explained.

"Microsoft has a big balance sheet. If they wanna cut the price by $100 – just price below [PS5] and subsidise the first 10million [units] – they will.

"So I think that they're waiting to have Sony blink first, and then they'll reveal the price. Very likely $400."

Fellow gaming industry insider Peter Moore agreed with Pachter's predictions.

Moore was formerly an EA and Microsoft exec, and was speaking on the Bonus Round podcast.

He said: "Michael's right. What both companies are going through right now is: 'How much can we afford to lose in the first 12 to 18 months?'

"'What is our attach rate of software to hardware? What are we willing to do in year one, two and three to hit 10million [units]?'"

Sadly, neither Microsoft nor Sony have confirmed pricing for either of their consoles – or even hinted at a range.

Guillemot wasn't specific, but he's likely talking about thousands of games.

Wikipedia has logged 2,446 different titles on its list of PS4 games.

And the same list for the Xbox One includes 2,384 games.

This is only referring to existing PS4 and Xbox One games however, and not new titles.

We're also expecting developers to prepare a host of new games for the PS5 and Xbox Series X launch days.

It's a big change from the previous generation of consoles.

The PS4 was not backwards compatible, so PS3 game discs were largely useless.

Xbox One owners were able to play a select few Xbox 360 titles on their new consoles, but that's it.

Microsoft confirmed in December that its new console would be named the Xbox Series X.

The contraption will apparently run games at 4K resolution – double that of HD – with the possibility of running 8K.

It will also process games faster so as to "eliminate" loading times. A new Halo title will launch with the console.

In other news, Fortnite's chief says the PS5 won't beat the Xbox Series X in terms of graphics.

You can check your Xbox addiction over the past 10 years with the new 'My Decade on Xbox' tool.

And take a look at this incredible Xbox Project Oris concept console.

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