(Pocket-lint) - The Xbox Series X and Series S are here at last - Microsoft's two answers to the next-gen question, bringing 4K gaming in the case of the bigger box and lower-res value from the smaller option.
They're both great in their own ways but, of course, a games console isn't anything without games to play on it. We've gathered together the very best titles for the next-gen Xboxes right here, a tight and carefully-curated list of your very best options.
Many of these are also available on the Xbox One in its many incarnations, but they'll all play at their best on the new hardware.
The Xbox team has been making a big hoopla about the upgrade it's brought to Gears 5 for next-gen, and it's fair to say the results are super impressive. You get 120 FPS action on both consoles (if your TV can handle it), which makes for hyper-smooth gameplay in competitive modes.
The visuals are also pin-sharp and the upgrade compared to the Xbox One version is noticeable throughout. Best of all, you'll get this great shooter included on Game Pass, meaning you can get into it for no additional cost. It's well worth checking out, especially if you're new to the series.
Assassin's Creed: Valhalla
Valhalla is finally here - the latest big Assassin's Creed game plays absolutely stunningly on Series X and S, with smooth frame rates and gorgeous visuals. The game's sprawling map is superb fun to explore, while the SSDs in the Series S and X make for much-improved loading times.
You play as the Viking Eivor, coming from Norway to stake a claim to England, and fighting off the perennial threat of evil Templars the whole way, with a great cast of characters to meet while you do so.
The first racing game to release with next-gen consoles in mind during its development, Dirt 5 does a great job of summoning the energy that made the series so popular. It's raucous fun with an emphasis on accessibility, although you can make its driving pretty in-depth if you fancy.
It looks super sharp on the new hardware and runs at blistering frame rates to give you total control and to slim reaction times down to almost nothing, while lighting and reflections also look sumptuous. It's a great way to scratch that racing itch.
As far as sports games go, there's only one for us - FIFA does the same trick every year, and sometimes we'd like a bit more revolution than evolution, but it's still a tried-and-tested game at this point, iterating carefully to add even more precision.
Now there's been a free next-gen upgrade, too, to let you take advantage of quicker load times and smoother performance on your new hardware, so it's definitely a superior experience.
The final game in the World of Assassination trilogy, Hitman 3 is a fitting conclusion to a hugely impressive modern update of the Hitman series. Once again you'll play as Agent 47, stalking through intricate and immaculately-designed levels to off your targets one by one.
It's amazing fun, and the perfect way to scratch that itch for some stealth. It looks beautiful on next-gen, as well, making it the perfect pairing with a new Xbox.
Call of Duty: Warzone
The battle royale of the moment is Warzone, a behemoth that finally makes the Call of Duty franchise a proper player in the genre. It's totally free to play, and while it might hog plenty of space on your hard drive, it's well worth it for a brutal, addictive formula.
On next-gen, you'll notice smoother frame rates and much-improved loading times, and there's loads more content to come down the line, so there's no wrong time to pick it up and try it out.
Red Dead Redemption 2
Another game that benefits massively from the SSD in the new consoles is Red Dead Redemption 2, which has some absolutely agonizing loading times on older hardware. This is shortened hugely by the new tech, a worthy improvement on its own, but that's also added to better visual performance.
It makes it a superb way to play one of the defining games of recent years, a huge sprawling cowboy epic set in what might be the most lushly-detailed open world ever created in a game. It's a stunning monument to developer Rockstar's abilities.
Control Ultimate Edition
One of the most surprising and impressive games of the last generation has been re-released with a huge graphical upgrade for Series X and S, bringing ray tracing and the option of 60FPS play, and smoothing out performance hugely.
That means it's the perfect time to pick up this supernatural shooter whether you've enjoyed playing through its mindbending story before or not. Trust us, by the time it ends you'll have seen and done things you've never experienced in a game before.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Of course, when you think Xbox you think Halo, and while Infinite has been delayed and won't appear for a little while, we can still enjoy all that came before. The Master Chief Collection is a curated and upgraded selection of historic Halo titles and plays like a dream on the Series S and X.
You can play through classics like Halo: Reach or the original trilogy with high frame rates and resolutions, and even enjoy their more vintage multiplayer offerings. It's a must-download for anyone with a Game Pass membership.
Resident Evil Village
The latest game in the Resident Evil series is an unhinged thing of beauty, with a story that's close to the point of being baffling but super-fun gameplay throughout its twists and turns.
Plus, it looks incredible on Microsoft's next-gen boxes, with ray tracing and high frame rates making for a beautiful, smoothg experience that will stay with you for ages.
Forza Horizon 4
Our final pick goes to a stellar racing game from the last console generation, the excellent and Xbox-exclusive Forza Horizon 4, which still looks completely beautiful and plays like a dream on the two new consoles. It's a superb arcade racer with a delightful rendering of the UK in compact open-world format.
You'll take part in all sorts of races across many terrain types, and you can dial up the difficulty, or make it more accessible, in countless thoughtful ways. Online racing makes it even more long-lasting as a pleasurable virtual space in which to spend some time.