Written by Tyler Heatley. A version of this article was first published on YesAuto UK.
The new Xbox Series X is said to be the most powerful next-generation console on the market as I write this. This sizeable black box represents the future of Microsoft’s gaming offering, and while criticised for a lack of exclusive titles at launch, there’s still plenty for petrolheads to sink their teeth into.
Here are some of the best driving games soon to hit your box-fresh Series X.
Remember the many hours you put into the epic Colin McRae series? Well, that is if you’re as old as I am. The spiritual successors to the rallying saga has evolved over the years, with Dirt 5 being the latest and greatest. Polished to be a launch title for the new Series X, Dirt 5 offers a broad range of events and cars – each bathed in graphical excellence.
The game runs buttery smooth on the new hardware thanks to the sheer horsepower of the Series X. It remains more of an arcade racer than true simulation, but the satisfaction of gracefully drifting on gravel is all the same.
There is a next-gen version of the official WRC game on the way if you want something more true to life. The aim is to create something more akin to the stunning PC version and make use of the graphical performance of this new Xbox.
There’s no solid date for this yet, but various interviews with the game’s creator suggests its a top priority.
Forza Motorsport is the flagship racing title for Microsoft and remains exclusive to Xbox consoles. The new game has been previewed and looks incredibly realistic, but further details are few and far between. We’d expect it to launch in 2021 and speculation suggests that this will be a franchise reboot as opposed to ‘Forza 8’.
Will it be able to go toe-to-toe with Gran Turismo 7? We can’t wait to find out.
With the F1 season now officially underway, it’s time for you to slip into that virtual carbon cockpit. F1 2021 builds on the extensive series of changes seen in last year’s game that included the chance to create your own team and also play as a manager. It’s a given that all of the cars and drivers have been updated for 2021’s instalment, but this will be your first chance to race under the Aston martin or Alpine banner.
The MyTeam career mode that sees you forge your own bespoke racing outfit, car livery and all,has been given a series of exciting updates. Your chosen teammate no longer has to come from the existing grid, instead extending through history. Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna, Alan Prost, Nico Rosberg and Jenson Button can be signed by your virtual team this year. Championship runners up David Coulthard and Filipe Massa have also been added.
An interesting addition to the series is a story mode called Breaking Point that sees you begin in Formula 2 and follows your big break into F1. A series of hurdles stand between you and the championship. Also, two-player online career mode has been engineered into this game, giving you the chance to have your best mate for a teammate.
F1 2021 represents the first time the F1 game has been optimised for next-generation consoles. The Xbox Series X has considerably more firepower than its predecessor, so get ready to soak up the scenes of Monaco harbour and rainy Spa in glorious detail.
While we impatiently wait for more next-gen driving games to arrive, developers have been busy optimising their existing titles. Driving games such as Forza Horizon 4 now loads two-thirds faster than before and feels even more slick, or Assetto Corsa Competizione can now run freely in 4K without dropping frames.
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