The Xbox Series X ended 2021 on a high note. After a quiet start to the year, the Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and Xbox One all found themselves in possession of Halo Infinite, Forza Horizon 5, Psychonauts 2, and other exclusive games, just in time for the holidays.
Xbox Game Pass has seen plenty of improvements as well, with a slew of additional backward-compatible titles, as well as cloud game streaming for a variety of devices. This meant that you could access some of the best Xbox Series X games without owning the console, as well as having day one access to new releases.
Sony’s PS5 could be the winner when it comes to all-new exclusive games. But Xbox as an ecosystem, which also includes Windows 10 and Windows 11 PCs, has a wide range of things to offer.
With that said, what does 2022 look like for the Xbox Series X and the Xbox as a whole? So far it looks about the same, only better.
More Xbox exclusives
While many release dates are still speculative, there will be plenty of Xbox and Windows PC exclusive games coming in 2022, thanks to the game developer suite under Xbox Game Studios and Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda.
There’s the Survival / Horror Tinted Scorn, CrossfireX first person shooter, Redfall vampire murder / survival co-op game, Warhammer 40K: Darktide sci-fi shooter, exploration and survival shooting STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl, and the big one: the sci-fi epic Starfield.
There’s also a slew of games with no release date, such as Fable 4, Confessed, and Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2, which we expect to hear more of in 2022, likely in a big E3 showcase.
And more next-gen games
While Forza Horizon 5 showed what the Xbox Series X can do with graphically demanding gaming, there weren’t necessarily a lot of games that really harnessed the power of the console. The likes of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Halo Infinite look best on current gen consoles, but are still playable on last gen machines.
We expect this to change a bit over the next 12 months. Microsoft has said it will support games on current and next-gen consoles, thanks to its Smart Delivery system. However, it’s likely that as the Xbox Series X matures there will be games that simply require too much graphics power to run on older hardware. We can expect this to start happening in 2022, when games like Elden Ring and Rainbow Six Extraction start pushing the hardware chops of the X Series and PS5. The Xbox One X might not be left behind immediately, but expect more graphically demanding games to run at 1080p and 30fps.
Xbox Series X restockings aren’t about to get better
Finding an Xbox Series X restock probably won’t be any easier anytime soon. Tracking down an Xbox Series X has been a bit of a nightmare for the past 12 months. Even Microsoft struggled to find the console for a Halo Infinite event.
At best, the situation could start to improve in the middle of 2022. AMD, which supplies the chipset for the Xbox Series X, S series and PS5, expects the out-of-stocks to resolve a bit in the near future. second semester.
“I expect it to be from June-September next year 2022 when, maybe, it will be possible to go down to a video game store or a department store to buy a PlayStation 5 or a Xbox Series X without it being an impossible task, ”Lisa Su, CEO of AMD, said in October.
With gaming PC graphics cards also being scarce, it’s hard to look for hardware upgrades. But there is a solution, thanks to game streaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. You can run newer games on the older Xbox One, as long as your internet connection is fast and stable enough.
Xbox Game Pass is growing
We’ve already covered how Xbox Game Pass is the best gaming offering. And in 2022, that’s likely to improve. That’s because Xbox exclusive first-party games have day one launches on the subscription service, arguably making Game Pass a must-have for any Xbox user.
The fact that the Game Pass includes Forza Horizon 5 and Halo Infinite at launch makes it quite special. But in 2021, Game Pass expanded to include more than 70 other games dating back to the original Xbox, some of which benefited from an increase in frame rate. We wouldn’t expect many more Xbox and Xbox 360 games to appear on Game Pass. But we’re betting strong that Microsoft is optimizing more Xbox One games to take advantage of X and S series hardware.
These games will likely sit alongside games like Starfield, which hits Game Pass on November 11, the day it launches. Indeed, Game Pass is now and will continue to be the go-to service for people who want to play multiple generations of Xbox games.
We also expect Microsoft to add more PC Game Pass titles, as well as more games that gamers can stream to smartphones. These games could include modernized touchscreen controls, as we’ve seen in games like Gears 5.
In short, if you have not yet taken the plunge with the Game Pass, then 2022 is shaping up to be the year to do so.
More Infinite Halo
Since Halo Infinite has a Season Pass system for its multiplayer mode, and the game’s campaign launched without co-op options, we can expect more Halo content in 2022.
Multiplayer will likely be our focus here, as Microsoft hasn’t announced any future updates for the single-player campaign. But we’d be curious to see if developer 343 Industries adds any special features alongside the campaign’s cooperative mode.
Either way, 2022 is sure to be a big year for Xbox Series X and Xbox, as a console and gaming ecosystem. The future of Xbox does indeed look interesting.