Next-gen consoles are going strong and the next stage in the evolution is upon us.
With the PS4 Pro handing gamers 4K games last year and the Xbox One set to follow suit this November, although 4K capability has been around for a while, it is only just beginning to kick-off.
Most games were previously just optimised for 4K resolution on the Xbox One S but the next generation of games is set to use 4K to it’s full capacity, with Xbox announcing a plethora of games set to utilise the full extent of the new console’s capabilities.
Not only does this include upcoming games – that will land at our feet in the next few months – but also some cult-classics that have withstood the test of time in recent years, including the likes of Minecraft and Rocket League.
The best thing about 4K is that it won’t just bring the best out of realistic looking games but will also lead to huge visual improvements for titles geared towards a younger generation or those that are more animated. Whatever your style, 4K will change the way you play.
With excitement building up ahead of the Xbox One X’s release in November, we’ve listed the ten games we can’t wait to play in 4K.
Forza Motorsport 7
— Forza Motorsport (@ForzaMotorsport) August 30, 2017
Forza has been a flagship title of Microsoft’s ever since the original Xbox released and the racing simulator has always stood as the pinnacle of how visually beautiful games can look. With the latest release, dropping October 3rd, set to include dynamic weather, Forza Motorspot 7 is tipped to be one of the best looking games this year.
It’s also likely to be heavily involved in the eSports scene over the course of the coming years as its popularity continues to grow. With access to top-class motorsport largely inaccessible and expensive, that could be a huge deal.
Sea Of Thieves
— Xbudz™ (@Xbudz) September 7, 2017
Releasing in 2018, Xbox-exclusive Sea of Thieves is set to tap into two very popular gaming genres; animation and pirates. The shared world game, which is set to be cross-compatible with PC, will see you and your friends take to the seas to enjoy many a pirate activity, including PVP confrontation.
As mentioned, animated games will also benefit from 4K resolution, particularly with their textures, and Sea Of Thieves may well set the bar for further games adopting the animated route. There’s plenty of exciting animated games coming up but Sea Of Thieves is the one we’re most excited for.
— Danger Chamberlain (@DangerChamber) September 3, 2017
Selling over eight million copies in its first five months, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds – or PUBG for short – is one of the most popular games of this era. Developed with a wealth of community feedback, the journey for PUBG has been thrilling and Xbox One players will soon have their chance to get involved.
If you’re not aware of the game (where have you been), the idea is that 100 players parachute down to an island with nothing. A Battle-royale/Hunger Games approach then follows, with a last-man standing fight following as players find weapons, armour and vehicles. In order to keep the action flowing, the map continuously grows smaller.
It is a simple concept that is executed fantastically and it will be incredible to play in 4K.
Assassin’s Creed: Origins
Which historical figure in Assassin's Creed Origins are you most excited to meet? pic.twitter.com/J1FE2g7dt2
— Assassin's Creed (@assassinscreed) September 6, 2017
Like other games we’ve mentioned here, Assassin’s Creed has always looked beautiful. This time around with Origins though, the environment should the very best out of 4K due to the scenery and wildlife present in the game, set in Ancient Egypt.
Releasing October 27th, a few weeks before the Xbox One X takes to the shelves, Origins should combine the best of the series over the past decade and put it all together. It’s always been incredible to climb to the top of the highest building and eagle dive to the bottom but this time it will be even better.
State Of Decay 2
— Official Xbox Magazine (@OXM) August 23, 2017
Ever find yourself watching zombie shows like The Walking Dead and argue that you could do a lot better with survival? Well, now’s your chance. State Of Decay 2, the successor to the 2013 game, puts you in an open world alongside four friends – with the aim of surviving the zombie onslaught.
If that sounds familiar you’re mistaken, as this isn’t a see how many rounds you can last game. Instead, you choose where you want to set-up and try to survive. If they break through, then you better have a back-up plan otherwise your brain is going to be on a platter.
Middle Earth: Shadow Of War
— Game Informer (@gameinformer) September 7, 2017
One of the most highly-anticipated releases in the next few months, Middle Earth: Shadow Of War is the sequel to 2014’s Shadow of Mordor and the early footage of the game looks epic. Set in an open-world that’s based between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, players will be handed plenty to explore.
Able to battle Orcs and Trolls, bringing them to your side to fight for you, Middle Earth: Shadow Of War is set to be an incredible game and it will look phenomenal in 4K, especially in the open world where the textures for the environment should be second to none.
ARK: Survival Evolved
Having spent a long while as an early access title, Ark: Survival Evolved officially released recently and its popularity continues to grow. Placing you stranded on an island with nothing, the player is tasked with building a base for themselves, sorting food and taming the abundance of dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures scattered around.
Available to play as both PVE and PVP, ARK offers plenty of end-game content and the ability to join a tribe with friends and other players. From the hours I’ve sunk into the game so far, it already looks epic and 4K will take the game to the next level.
You've been waiting. They've been waiting. It’s time to see who made the top 💯 #FIFA18Ratings
— EA SPORTS FIFA (@EASPORTSFIFA) September 5, 2017
EA Sports made a big stride with their FIFA franchise last year by utilising the Frostbite engine that they’ve previously used for titles like Star Wars: Battlefront and a massive step will also be made this year, as FIFA 18 is set to be available in 4K.
Massive improvements have been made to the visuals for the latest release, particularly in weather and in the crowds, so 4K should look phenomenal in FIFA 18, as well as in EA’s other releases like Madden NFL 18, which will enjoy the same benefits.
— SMITE (@SMITEGame) September 7, 2017
The battleground of the gods is one of the most popular free-to-play games on Xbox Live and the developers were quick to announce the game will be available in 4K in the coming months. Whilst it doesn’t have the environment like other games that will benefit from the improvements, the visuals will be phenomenal.
Smite has done very well to create a wealth of stunning visuals across numerous gods, as well as offering a number of different skins for each playable character. 4K should bring this all to life, even more, making the battleground even more stunning.
— Destiny The Game (@DestinyTheGame) September 6, 2017
Bungie’s latest release has already earned numerous plaudits and the game is yet to get going properly. Over the coming weeks and months, more content will be added to the game along with DLC further down the line. Ironically, however, 4K could be the biggest addition to the game.
The environment in Destiny 2 is already stunning, particularly in the opening scenes of the campaign and in the finale, as well as in numerous locations throughout the game (Titan’s water texturing, for example, is stunning). That will all be taken to the next level when 4K on the Xbox One X drops.