Updated at: 09-05-2023 - By: Leo Hall
Have you ever played Xbox Series X? If so, you’ll be glad to know that we’ve compiled a list of the best Xbox Series X games.

We’ve got you covered with the best Xbox Series X games currently on the market for Microsoft’s fourth-generation console.

The best Xbox Series X games of 2022 are featured here, including both launch titles and those available through Xbox Game Pass.

From first-person shooters to turn-based strategies and beyond, we’ll be covering it all, so we hope you’ll find something of interest.

Finally, this list will be continually updated in the future, so be sure to return and let us know if we forgot any games.

Resident Evil Village

The Horror of Staying Alive

Capcom, the creator

Capcom, Inc., Publisher

The latest game in Capcom’s flagship survival horror series adds to Resident Evil 7’s compelling story with new twists and scares.

You take on the role of Ethan Winters, a man on a mission to rescue his kidnapped daughter Rosemary from a village full of terrifying creatures after a fateful encounter with Chris Redfield.

Village is true to the survival horror series’ roots while introducing a more action-oriented play style.

Explore creepy caves, forsaken cabins, and the eerie halls of Castle Dimitrescu, and the tension will rise and fall with you.


Category: Action Role-Playing Games

Creator: Flying Humans

Square Enix, Inc., Publisher

We can confidently recommend Outriders to players now that the developer has fixed the problem of corrupted saves causing players to lose their loot.

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You play as a space marine on a hostile alien planet in search of a mysterious signal, gaining abilities and fighting off waves of enemies in this third-person looter shooter role-playing game.

Classes define abilities, and a wide variety of guns with varying rarities encourage you to play through missions multiple times to upgrade your arsenal.

Outriders is a cooperative space adventure game for up to four players, similar to many of the other games we’ve featured.

Hood: Legends and Outlaws

Classification: Action Role-Playing Game

Sumo Digital, the creator

Focus Home Interactive, the publisher

Set in a medieval world dominated by rival gangs motivated to steal treasure from the rich and spoiled, Hood: Outlaws & Legends is a cooperative PvPvE stealth-action game.

It’s a race between two teams to get to a chest in a fortified castle before the other does.

Once you’re spotted by the game’s AI or other players, the game’s brutal medieval sword, axe, and bow combat takes center stage.

Despite Hood’s polarizing reception, the studio has plans to update the game with new maps, characters, modes, and events as well as fix the game’s fundamental problems.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Turn-based role-playing game

Studio Ryu Ga Gotoku, Developer.

Sega published it.

With its quick load times and the ability to prioritize resolution or frames per second, Yakuza: Like a Dragon, released as a launch title for the Series X, does a great job of showcasing the console’s capabilities.

After being betrayed by his former boss, Ichiban Kasuga, a vocal Yakuza member, sets out on a journey to become a hero.

Rather than the standard beat ’em up style of combat seen in most Yakuza games, players will engage in turn-based battles using RPG elements and a four-person party system.

Kasuga meets a wide variety of oddballs from different walks of life who send him on strange errands and sometimes offer to fight alongside him.

Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time

Category: Platformers

Toys for Bob, the creators

Activision Publishing, Inc.

We’re glad to see the Crash Bandicoot series, which was originally a PlayStation exclusive, finally make its way to modern Xbox consoles with the release of N.Sane Trilogy, CTR: Nitro-Fueled, and Crash Bandicoot 4.

In the story, Crash and Coco are trying to stop the evil Cortex and Nefarious Tropy from using the Quantum Masks to take over the universe.

With the Quantum Masks, It’s About Time expands the series’ gameplay by giving characters special abilities that can be used to change levels and gain access to new ways of getting around.

Gameplay and level variety, along with great visuals and an impressive presentation, have led many to call it a return to form for the franchise.

Immortals Fenyx Rising

Action-adventure, open-world

Video Game Creator: Ubisoft Quebec

Ubisoft, Inc.

If you’re looking for an open world game that combines the best of Assassin’s Creed and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, then look no further than Immortals Fenyx Rising.

The Greek gods have summoned you, a hero, to save the world from Typhon, a powerful Titan who has taken control of the world and released an army of mythological monsters.

The game’s primary focus is free-roaming exploration on horseback and the use of magical wings to swiftly fly through colorful environments.

Immortals is entertaining for a dozen hours or so if you like games in which you are given a list of tasks, enemies, and collectibles spread across a map to complete.

It Takes Two

Genre: Multiplayer Online Arcade

Hazelight Studios, the creators

Electronic Arts, Inc., Publisher

Both A Way Out and its sequel, It Takes Two, show that Hazelight Studios is committed to advancing the state of the art in couch co-op games.

The game follows a dissatisfied couple who, after announcing their intention to divorce, find themselves trapped inside their daughter’s handmade dolls.

Thereafter, the two set out on an extraordinary adventure that spans a variety of platforming levels, each with its own set of challenges and mini-games.

Any two people with an Xbox One S and a copy of It Takes Two can play together in split-screen mode, either locally or over the internet.

Control: Ultimate Edition

Action-adventure, Metroidvania

Remedy Entertainment, the creators

Fifty Five Games, Inc.

Although it presents its own unique science fiction universe, Control features many of the same themes and gameplay mechanics as previous Remedy games like Quantum Break and Alan Wake.

You play as Jesse Faden, a woman with superpowers and a gun that can change forms (the Service Weapon).

The Hiss, a race of supernatural beings, have taken over a top-secret government agency, and it is up to Faden to rescue the employees and restore order.

The Ultimate Edition includes the original game as well as the AWE and The Foundation add-ons, as well as a free Xbox Series X upgrade that lets you toggle between Graphics and Performance modes while playing the game.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 2

Skateboarding, Athletics

Design and Coding by Vicarious Visions

Activision Publishing, Inc.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 2 has been enhanced for Xbox Series X in a number of ways, including improved frame rate performance and graphical effects.

The first two games in the THPS series have been remade, complete with new multiplayer and customization features as well as stunning recreations of the original levels, challenges, and game modes.

But what we like best about the new and improved version is that it retains the responsive movement controls that make Tony Hawk games so enjoyable, especially when performing tricks.

THPS 1 2 is enjoyable for both casual players and die-hard fans who want to test their skills against others in online competition.

Tetris Effect: Connected

Conundrums, etc.

Produced by: Stage Games

Enhance Games is the publisher.

Despite the fact that Tetris has been around for over 30 years with little change, developers are always coming up with new ways to improve upon the classic puzzler.

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More recently, we have Tetris 99 (which was only available on Nintendo systems) and Tetris Effect VR (which was originally released for PlayStation VR but was ported to Xbox and PC as Tetris Effect: Connected).

The game’s visual and auditory cues are tied to the positioning and movement of your tetrominoes in relation to the underlying musical tracks.

The music changes in tempo and rhythm as you progress through the game, reflecting the rising tension as blocks rain down on the screen.


Open-World Survival Games, as Genre

Obsidian Entertainment, the creators

Xbox Game Studios, Publisher.

Grounded is a challenging survival sandbox experience set within the confines of a suburban backyard, and it’s available with Game Pass on Xbox One and Xbox One X.

A child is shrunk to ant size, drastically reducing his or her social standing in the game.

The objective of the game is to survive the perils of your backyard by building a stronghold, gathering resources, and arming yourself with weapons and tools you’ve crafted.

Keep an eye out for insects as you gather supplies and venture out into the world; some are helpful, while others, like spiders, can be extremely dangerous.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Category: Action Role-Playing Games

Ubisoft Montreal, the game’s creator

Ubisoft is the publisher.

In the latest game in the Assassin’s Creed series, players assume the role of Eivor, a Viking raider looking for a new home for his or her people in 9th-century Britain.

It is up to the player to shape the story as Eivor and his companions become entangled in the conflict between the Templars and the Brotherhood.

While the bulk of your time in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will be spent completing story missions and sidequests spread out across the open world, you are free to wander off and discover things on your own if you so choose.

Building structures and funding settlement projects with resources stolen from enemy camps is a return to and expansion upon a mechanic introduced in previous games in the series.

Forza Horizon 4

Type: Auto Racing

The Playground Games Team, Developer

Studio for Xbox Games Publisher

New racing games are a great way to test out a new console, and Microsoft’s own flagship series is a great choice.

Besides being the most recent installment, Forza Horizon 4 is notable for its expansive open world, which includes a wide variety of locations and racing challenges involving more than 450 vehicles.

Seasonal changes, which affect driving conditions, unlock new events, and reveal new shortcuts, are all part of the dynamic weather technology that brings environments to life.

The game also includes the Route Creator, a feature that has been requested by players, allowing them to create and share their own custom tracks online with other players on Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps

Category: Platformer/Metroidvania

Design Studio Moon

Xbox Game Studios, Publisher.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps is deceptive in that it appears to be a lighthearted 2D action-platformer with cute graphics and likeable protagonists.

Both the story and the gameplay are built to break you down and leave you devastated, and this becomes immediately apparent once you begin playing.

Ori will wear you down to nothing with its meticulous platforming sequences and harrowing story that pits you against a slew of terrifying beasts.

Some players may be put off by the game’s difficulty, but those who stick with it will be rewarded with one of the best metroidvanias of the last decade.

Hitman 3

Covert Operations

IO Interactive, the developer

IO Interactive is the publisher.

Hitman 3, the concluding chapter in IO Interactive’s World of Assassination trilogy, polishes off the series’ previous stealth sandbox gameplay.

The plot continues from the previous two games and centers on Agent 47 and his team as they attempt to eliminate the heads of the shadowy global control group Providence.

The addition of new features like PSVR support and persistent shortcuts streamlines and expands the gameplay options available to players.

The Xbox One save file can be imported into the Xbox Series X version, and there are six new levels and a Romania-based epilogue to enjoy.

Dirt 5

Type: Auto Racing

Codemasters Cheshire, our developer

Codemasters, Inc., Publishers

Fans of realistic handling, acceleration, and weather can expect to find their niche in the Dirt series, which has traditionally catered to hardcore racing sim fans.

The latest installment, Dirt 5, looks great and is a worthy addition to any Xbox Series X library, surpassing the visual quality of many PC games.

You’ll put your driving skills to the test in a variety of off-road races set in different locations around the world and across different seasons.

Dirt 5 features a compelling story-driven career mode and up to four-player split-screen multiplayer via both local and online play.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Primitive Shooter is the Genre Label

343 Industries is the developer.

Studio for Xbox Games Publisher

Since its initial release in 2014, when the Halo anthology was widely panned due to a wide variety of game-breaking bugs and glitches, The Master Chief Collection has undergone significant improvements.

Over the course of the next six years, 343 Industries and its partner studios worked to optimize the performance of every game for the Series X console.

Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, ODST, Reach, and Halo 4 are all included in this “living anthology” of Halo games.

MCC is the best way to enjoy Halo games of the past and present on Xbox Series X thanks to their high resolution, enhanced online matchmaking, and local LAN multiplayer.

Halo Infinite

After two somewhat lackluster Halo games, Halo Infinite returns with a vengeance, thanks in large part to the new grappling hook that allows you to easily swing across chasms and climb cliffs.

Halo Infinite is a semi-open world game in which you can complete missions and tasks in any order you like and in a variety of ways, such as by sniping down enemies from a distance or charging in with a huge Scorpion tank. It would benefit from having more settings and a more focused plot. When it comes to the core Halo experience, however, Halo Infinite is a smashing success and an absolute must-own for any Xbox Series X owner in search of a top-tier first-person shooter.

Forza Horizon 5

Forza Horizon 5 continues in the tire tracks of its predecessor and improves upon the open-world driving and racing formula of the series. With its new Mexican setting and the power of the Xbox Series X, the game not only looks incredible, but also controls like a dream.

There’s a ton of stuff to check out, from different places and people in Mexico. And driving controls are tighter than ever before, delivering a healthy dose of realism without coming off as stuffy. Whether you’re a car enthusiast or not, Forza Horizon 5 is still a top Xbox Series X game that you should play.

Gears 5

One could argue that by the time Gears of War 4 was released, the Gears series had lost some of its luster, at least in terms of its single-player appeal. However, Gears 5 marks a fantastic comeback for the series. It features the usual bombastic flashy cutscenes that fans of the Gears series have come to expect. However, it also dabbles in horror, evoking a sense of mounting dread in between its frenzied sequences of action. Still present is the core gameplay of a Gears game, with the rush of adrenaline from a successful quick reload.

Gears 5 is also an aesthetically pleasing experience; it will make you want to bite the back of your hand. The Series X’s enhanced processing power allows for greater texture and shadow detail, as well as a “lite” version of ray tracing. Playing Gears 5 requires a system capable of delivering a smooth 60 frames per second at 4K resolution.

Sea of Thieves

Have you ever fantasized about what it would be like to be a semi-cartoon pirate, leading a crew of five across the seven seas, robbing islands and sinking ships for fun? If that’s the case, you should check out Sea of Thieves, developed by Rare.

What was initially a shallow Xbox One and PC experience has since expanded to include hidden areas and a massive kraken to defeat. The version optimized for Microsoft’s new flagship gaming console, the Xbox Series X, will run at 4K resolution and a silky 60 frames per second.

Gears Tactics

Gears Tactics is the offspring of Gears 5 and XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Top-down turn-based strategy gameplay is combined with the Gears series’ villains, protagonists, and arsenal. Gears Tactics pulls off what sounds like an impossible feat, successfully adapting third-person action into a strategy game.

Gears 5 doesn’t have a third-person perspective like XCOM, but it still manages to capture the series’ signature action vibe by rewarding players for killing as many enemies as possible during their turns. The Xbox One Series X is the best place to play a Gears of War game because of its improved textures, performance, and load times.

Microsoft Flight Simulator

Microsoft Flight Simulator, originally released for Windows 10 PCs, is now also available for the Xbox One Series X and S, allowing you to indulge your inner aviator without leaving the couch.

Microsoft Flight Simulator was hailed as the ideal pandemic game, allowing players to explore the skies over a realistically mapped Earth while remaining in a relatively COVID-19-safe environment. Now that it’s available on Microsoft’s new consoles, though, you won’t need a super expensive PC to play it because it’s been optimized for both systems. Now is the time to take a jet or biplane up into the sky without worrying about getting killed in a horrific crash or needing a pilot’s license.

 Star Wars: Squadrons

While Star Wars: Squadrons is playable on multiple platforms, it has been optimized for the Xbox Series X, allowing it to reach higher resolutions and framerates (up to 120 fps). This arcade-style space combat simulator is a great fit for the Xbox Series X.

The space battle simulation is top-notch. Star Wars: Squadrons puts you in control of a variety of fighters and bombers from the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire, letting you experience the thrill of zero-gravity dogfighting in a galaxy far, far away. And the whole thing is wrapped up in a beautiful new graphics engine. You can really feel like you’re fighting in a real-world science fiction setting and pulling off moves like shaking a pursuing TIE fighter and then blasting it to pieces in the void of space. The game is a delight to operate with the latest Xbox Wireless Controller thanks to the thoughtful mapping of its controls.

Destiny 2: Beyond Light

Destiny 2: Beyond Light is not an Xbox Series X exclusive, but it is still a top-tier title that can be enjoyed on the console. The sequel, Destiny 2: Beyond Light, was released alongside the Xbox Series X and boasts higher-resolution 4K visuals, faster load times, and generally more fluid gameplay than is possible on the Xbox One.

The game features excellent gunplay in a massively multiplayer setting, and it’s made by the people who made Halo, so you know it’s going to run at 60 frames per second. Destiny 2: Beyond Light is an excellent option for co-op play with a group of friends if you all enjoy first-person shooters.

Alan Wake Remastered

As the name implies, Alan Wake Remastered is an updated version of the original Alan Wake, featuring updated visuals and gameplay for current-gen gaming systems. Alan Wake is something of a cult classic, and the remastered version includes all of the downloadable content (DLC) as well as improved performance.

It doesn’t do a good job of completely reworking the original game, but the visual upgrades are appreciated by both newcomers and seasoned veterans of Remedy’s eerie horror game. Anyone who hasn’t yet discovered the thrill of using a flashlight to defeat nightmare enemies should definitely check out Alan Wake Remastered. Of course, if you’re not into scary games or revamped classics, you can always start at the top of the page.

Elden Ring

Fans of Dark Souls, pay attention! Elden Ring is the open-world Souls game you’ve been waiting for. It features a vast environment littered with dungeons, bosses, monsters, and other foes. The open world allows you to skip over any challenges that prove too difficult until you’re better prepared.

Elden Ring, the first step into a fully open world, is another triumph in the vein of Souls. Those who enjoy challenging but fair games with a dark fantasy setting will find a lot to enjoy here, despite the game’s lack of polish compared to Dark Souls or Dark Souls 3.

Red Dead Redemption 2

Even though it’s not an Xbox Series X exclusive, Red Dead Redemption 2 is still a top-tier gaming experience. The Xbox Series X’s solid-state drive (SSD) also significantly shortens the sometimes excruciatingly long loading times. The Xbox Series X’s Quick Resume feature allows you to quickly switch between this game and the others on this list.

After you finish the main story in Red Dead Redemption 2, you should check out the game’s robust online multiplayer mode. But even with that, you should be able to access a vast open world teeming with creatures you can watch trot or hop by, or eliminate with your firearms.

20 Xbox Series X/S Tips to Level Up Your New Console

1. Get the Xbox Mobile App

The updated Xbox app for iOS and Android is mandatory. The app is the quickest and most convenient way to set up your new Xbox if you haven’t already. Access your friends list and chat, select games and initiate downloads from afar, and share gameplay videos and screenshots from your Xbox with the tap of a button. The best part is that you can use Xbox Remote Play to play games on your mobile device instead of having to physically connect to your console.

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2. Customize Your Home Screen and Guide

When you can alter your home screen to your liking, there’s no reason to stick with the standard setup. To access the Personalize Home screen, go to the main menu and click the View button (it has a picture of two windows on it). You can arrange things however you like, customize the color scheme and background, and apply different styles. Select a dark or bright atmosphere, or have Theme & Motion adapt itself automatically to the time of day.

You should definitely check out Customize the Guide, which lets you rearrange the contents of the guide that appears when you press the Xbox button.

3. Transfer Games From Your Xbox One

By selecting My Games & Apps > Full Library > All Owned Games from the Xbox menu, you can access any games you previously purchased for a different Xbox console. Any of these games can be downloaded, but moving them over from an older system will be much quicker. The new Series X or S and your Xbox One will need to be powered on and linked to the same Wi-Fi network for this to work. To begin the transfer from your old Xbox to your new one, go to your new Xbox’s Settings menu, select System, then Backup and Transfer, then Network Transfer, and finally select your old console.

4. Choose the Right Display Settings

Make sure your screen is properly calibrated to make the most of your new console. TV & Display Options can be accessed via the main menu by selecting the cog icon and then Settings > General > TV & Display Options. Find out what your 4K TV is capable of by looking at the specifications, and don’t forget to calibrate it. If you’re not getting the best picture, make sure the cable you’re using and the TV port you’re connecting to both support HDMI 2.1 (only the most recent TV models have this capability).

5. Customize Your Controller

You can customize the controller by assigning actions to buttons, flipping their orientation, and adjusting the vibration strength. Accessory selection and configuration can be found in the Settings > Devices & Connections menu. You can customize the layout for specific games, like shooters and flight simulators, by saving multiple profiles with unique control schemes.

A unique controller could be in play here. Maybe you’re worried about the person you share the console with getting their hands dirty, or maybe you just want to skip the sign-in process altogether. For whatever reason, you can associate your controller with your profile and sign in to Xbox with the flip of a switch on the controller. The This Controller Signs In option can be activated by navigating to Settings > Account > Sign-In, Security & Passkey from the controller you wish to associate.

7. Use Your Old Controllers

Also, if you already have Xbox One controllers lying around, you can use those with your new console. You can join them together quickly. To turn on your new console, press and hold the small circular button next to the USB port until the power button begins flashing, and then repeat the process with the Xbox One controller, pressing and holding the small circular button on top until the Xbox button begins flashing. When the lights stop blinking, they are perfectly in time with one another.

8. Play Blu-rays on Your Xbox Series X

However, the app required to turn your Xbox Series X into a 4K Blu-ray player is not pre-installed. When you first insert a Blu-ray disc, you will be prompted to download the software from the Microsoft Store, if you haven’t already done so. Go to Settings > Devices & Connections > Blu-ray, and then toggle Let My Receiver Decode Audio on if you have a good home theater setup.

9. Save Power

The inactivity timeout for the console can be changed from the default of one hour in Settings > General > Power Mode & Startup. Power mode also offers Instant-On and Energy Saving options. Instant-On is the way to go if you want to be able to turn on your console with your voice and start playing right away. Choose the latter if cutting power consumption is a priority.

10. Capture Screenshots and Videos (or Don’t)

Capture preferences can be adjusted in the Settings > Preferences > Capture & Share menu. Easily share and access your gameplay videos from anywhere with the cloud and the Xbox mobile app by customizing the length, quality, and saving location. To customize the Share button’s behavior, select Button Mapping. While 4K HDR capture is possible, keep in mind that the resulting video files will be larger.

Allow Game Captures should be set to Don’t Capture if you don’t care about captures at all.

11. Set a Break Reminder

It’s easy to lose track of time while playing video games, and that can lead to sore muscles, blurry vision, and a full bladder. You can use timers to force yourself to step away from your work every so often. Go to Menu > Preferences > Break Reminder. You can set it for as little as every 30 minutes or as often as every two hours. A reminder will appear on your screen at the designated interval.

12. Get More Storage Space

A USB 3.1 external hard drive can be used to save games, screenshots, and videos on the new Xbox. For $220, you can upgrade your Xbox One’s storage capacity by purchasing a 1-terabyte Seagate Storage Expansion Card that has been officially certified by Microsoft.

13. Control Your Xbox With Google Assistant or Alexa

Voice commands make using an Xbox more natural and futuristic. Find “Digital Assistants” under “Devices & Connections” in the menu. Tick  Simply turn on digital assistants like Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa and follow their setup instructions to get started. After initial setup is complete, you can ask Google Assistant or Alexa to do things like power on and off your Xbox, start specific games, pause movies, and more. Before you step foot in the living room, check out our Best Smart Speakers guide and start practicing your voice commands.

14. Find Optimized Games for the Series X or S

Some games feature improved visuals, more fluid frame rates, and quicker load times thanks to optimization for the Xbox One X and Xbox One S. The X/S icon next to the game cover in your library indicates that the game is compatible with Smart Delivery and will update automatically on your new console. To view them all, navigate to My Games & Apps > Games and use the filter to “Group by Console Type.” Games can be filtered in the store by selecting Xbox One X/S Enhanced under Capabilities, which can be accessed by tapping the X button to open Filter by. A list of compatible games can be found on the Xbox site as well.

15. Set Up Remote Play

In case your roommate is sick of you hogging the big screen, you can play games from your Xbox Series X or Series S on your Android phone or tablet, or on your iPhone or iPad. To test it out, navigate to the Xbox’s Settings menu, then select Devices and Connections, and finally enable Remote Features. You’ll also need to switch to Instant-on mode under General > Power Mode & Startup. After that, launch the Xbox app on your mobile device, go to My Library > Consoles, and then tap Connect next to your Xbox Series X or S. The Xbox app for Windows 10 can also be used for remote play by clicking the Consoles icon within the app and then selecting your Xbox.

16. Be a Co-pilot

In the event that a player requires assistance, the co-pilot function allows two controllers to be used as though they were a single controller, with both players having complete control of the on-screen action. Select Profile & system > Settings > Accessibility > Controller from the menu that appears when you press the Xbox button to open the guide. Go into the settings for the co-pilot and turn on the co-pilot’s controller. In the same settings menu, you can toggle it off again.

17. Join Xbox Game Pass

Xbox Game Pass is the best value among the many game subscription services available. For $15 a month, you can get access to hundreds of great games for Xbox One, PC, or mobile devices with Game Pass Ultimate. In addition, there are bonuses, discounts, cloud gaming, and EA Play games. You can save $5 per month by switching to Game Pass for Console if Xbox is your only console of choice. Xbox Live is nearly perfect, with the exception of a dedicated family plan, but there are still ways to play together and the price is unbeatable.

18. Find Free Games

Online gaming can be quite costly. Some of the best Xbox games can be had without spending a dime. For instance, Halo: Infinite’s online multiplayer mode is free to play. More can be discovered by selecting Top Free under Games in the Store app. To see the complete index, go to Search and enter “free.”

19. Collect and Use Microsoft Rewards

If you already have a Microsoft account, you can use it to join Microsoft Rewards at no additional cost. Playing games on your Xbox and completing achievements both net you points. Using the Bing search engine, buying Microsoft products (such as games, movies, and subscriptions), and even taking quizzes can all net you points. You can donate to charity, buy gift cards, or enter contests with your accumulated points. But it takes a very long time to accumulate a respectable sum.

20. Stop Annoying Pop-Up Notifications

You probably don’t want to be interrupted while playing a game or watching a movie on your Xbox by a pop-up notification that you don’t care about. For the Xbox One, press the guide button to open the menu, then go to Profile & system, followed by Settings, Preferences, and Notifications. If you look into Xbox notifications, you can customize which alerts you get and under what conditions. You can also do this in the Xbox app on your mobile device (if you have it) by going to Settings > Notifications after tapping your Gamertag.


We suggest an Xbox Game Pass membership if you’re having trouble deciding which Xbox Series X games to purchase. Access to hundreds of Xbox games, dating back to the first console, is available for about $10 per month.

In addition to a large library of Xbox first-party games, these games also feature EA Play titles, thanks to an agreement between Microsoft and EA, as well as a collection of games from Bethesda. Many of these will also benefit from the Xbox Series X’s increased processing power and faster loading times.