Best Xbox Series X, Series S Racing Games of 2021(So Far)

The Xbox One was home to many racing simulators. As this list of the best Xbox Series X racing games will show you, Microsoft’s next-gen console the Xbox Series X won’t be any different. Both Microsoft’s newest flagship console and its more affordable sibling the Series S have some good racing games to offer.

There are precise racing simulators that cater more towards the hardcore fans. Meanwhile, there are more arcade-like and open-world games built for casuals. It doesn’t matter what it is that you’re looking for. You’ll have plenty of Xbox Series X car games to choose from. Below, we’ve picked out the best Xbox Series X driving games for you so far.

Dirt 5

Despite shifting away from the more serious rallying nature of its predecessors, Dirt 5 doesn’t feel as arcade-like as it’s supposedly claimed to be. Instead, it’s actually a marked improvement, especially in the way how each car drives and handles. But, of course, that’s a small change compared to the increased focus on the narrative this time around.

Dirt 5 will benefit from a lot of help from auto enthusiast content creators, Donut Media, as well as Troy Baker and Nolan North. Meanwhile, Jamie Chadwick is also set to make an appearance. The 22-year-old is currently competing professionally in the Formula Regional European Championship and the W series.

The career mode looks like it will feel more immersive than ever. It will even have players working hard to attract the big names to sponsor. This includes Goodyear, Pepsi, and Monster Energy.

The story will be split into multiple chapters, with its fair share of one-on-one events to help add some variety to the gameplay.

The multiplayer component is also there for Dirt 5 and will even include split-screen racing for multiple players to enjoy the game on the same console. Other games include global online battles, as well as a game mode for the more creative drivers out there.

With the benefit of running at 4K and 60fps on the Xbox Series X, with a 120Hz mode to boot, Dirt 5 should play differently on the next-gen console once it launches.

World Rally Championship 9

KT Racing’s fifth take on the World Rally Championship franchise is already out for the Xbox One X and it’s been drawing its fair share of rave reviews.

With a focus on subtle changes rather than stark improvements, WRC 9 doesn’t feel like much of a game-changer. But, what it lacks in shock value, it makes up for refinement. Case in point, driving in-game feels more natural, as if driving the cars feel like how they should in real life, which only ups the immersion while playing.

WRC 9 also brings a new English co-driver into the fold and a chase cam that doesn’t feel like it was haphazardly placed onto the back of your car.

Naturally, the tracks of WRC 9 are a thing of beauty. It’ll bring you to numerous rally locations all over the world. This includes new places like Kenya, Japan, and New Zealand. However, we feel like it would be great to single out the Safari Rally of Kenya, which looks vastly different from the other tracks with its wide-open roads, wildlife, and humongous trees.

The overhauled career mode that WRC 8 introduced also comes with some notable improvements, and with the Xbox Series X being the most powerful console on the market at launch, WRC 9 will be a much more immersive driving sim.

Ride 4

Take advantage of the added power of the most powerful gaming console in the world right now in Ride 4.

The latest installment in the Ride franchise will let you compete against AI-controlled bikers in a single-player mode that uses machine learning. If you’re up for an even harder challenge, other riders via online multiplayer are also available. Either way, you’ll get a chance to choose from officially licensed bikes and race in dozens of tracks.

From endurance races to pitstops, a proper day and night cycle, as well as dynamic weather, all that will look better on the Xbox Series X when played at 60 frames per second at up to 4K resolution.

MXGP 2020

MXGP 2020 is essentially just a newer MXGP 2019. But, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It looks so much better on the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles as it supports 4K resolution gaming and can run at a stable 60 frames per second.

With that much better graphics, the single-player career mode becomes even more immersive. You’ll work your way through the different levels and look for sponsors or teams that will help you make it to the MXGP but that’s just the start. You’ll also be able to create your own waypoint race or go online to find others with a serious thirst for speed and competition.

Final Thoughts

The Xbox Series X is the most powerful console to date. This bodes well for these racing simulators. Microsoft and Sony have, for years, used racing simulators to showcase their latest hardware and game engines. This generation should be no different.

This means that, despite the glaring lack of selection at launch and in the few months after it, gamers will not be left wanting for an immersive driving game experience. Having said that, this list of the best Xbox Series X racing games should help you get started on what games to pick up.

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