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The grass is always greener, it's said. This is intended to be an argument for being content with the console you already own. But sometimes the grass really is greener and maybe you should swap sides?This is a list of Xbox games that you simply can't play on the PlayStation. For many, this means it's time to switch platforms (or at least find a friend with one). This list includes 182 games from the last 41 years, with 4,996 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to become an Xbox player.
Release Date: 16/11/2018, updated in 2020
Out Now: Android, PC, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Components: 2D Overhead and Hand-Made
Among Us is a strategy game where crew-mates prepare their spaceship for launch by completing tasks. However, one of the players is an impostor intent on sabotaging the ship and killing the crew. As the game progresses in real-time the impostor...
Release Date: 30/06/2020, updated in 2021
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, Switch, Web, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS
Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds
Components: 2D Overhead, Blocks and Hand-Made
Townscaper is a creative town-building game where you pick colours from the range available and click to put down a house in the sea. As you continue to add houses of different colours the game automatically orientates the architecture for you.
Release Date: 20/03/2018, updated in 2023
Out Now: PC, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds
Components: 3D First-Person, Day and Night, Open World, Persistant World and Weather
Sea of Thieves is an online game where you play a pirate searching for treasure and adventure. Cast into a large open sea you work with other online players to crew your ship and find treasure. The game has a main story but really focuses on creating...
Release Date: 15/11/2001, updated in 2020
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person
Halo is the longstanding sci-fi shooting video game series that started when Halo: Combat Evolved launched alongside the Xbox in 2001. The franchise has featured on every Xbox platform since then, with Halo 5: Guardians serving as the latest entry in...
Release Date: 20/05/2022, updated in 2022
Out Now: Mac, PC, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Components: 2D Overhead, Day and Night, Grid and Pixels
Apico is a simulation game where you play a beekeeper and conservationist. You explore environments, breed rare bees and release them into the wild while growing your business. There are no enemies, time constraints or set objectives so you can focus on...
Release Date: 14/09/2004
Out Now: Mac, PC, Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night and Open World
Fable is an adventure role-playing game set in a fantasy world where your interactions with the world and villagers, and decisions about your use of magical power, substantially alter the story and the environment.
Release Date: 23/05/2023
Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On
Planet of Lana is an adventure where you play a young girl Lana and her loyal animal friend Mui, on a rescue mission. Set on a planet under siege by old machines and unfamiliar creatures. Rather than the war, though, this is a game about a vibrant...
Release Date: 23/09/2021
Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon, Open World and Weather
Sable is an adventure game where you play a young girl, Sable, alone in the world, but bravely exploring ancient monuments, ruined architecture, and fallen ships to uncover her place in it. It's an adventure without combat that calls you to find your...
Release Date: 03/02/2021, updated in 2022
Out Now: PC, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Components: 2D Overhead, Cards, Grid, Hand-Made and Pixels
Loop Hero is a dungeon-exploring adventure game where you use cards to create a world for your character to survive. Rather than control the hero yourself, you are tasked with playing cards to create a level that is hard enough to be rewarding without...
Release Date: 02/02/1998, updated in 2023
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS2, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Components: 2D Overhead, Grid and Open World
Age of Empires IV is a strategy game where you command an ancient civilisation in real-time and must develop from hunter-gatherers to advanced forms of defence and war. This is similar territory to Civilization but focuses on...
Release Date: 20/12/2019, updated in 2021
Out Now: Apple TV, Mac, PC, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS
Components: 2D Overhead and Blocks
Lego Builder's Journey is a narrative puzzle game but isn't what you expect it to be. Rather than a brick-based puzzle for kids, it's more like a thoughtful and nostalgic work of art for adults. You work through abstract levels by following instructions...
Release Date: Coming soon
Coming Soon: PC, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon
To A T is a lighthearted narrative adventure game about a teenager with a unique posture that makes parts of their life in a small coastal town challenging. With your arms permanently stretched out, you explore the beautiful town with your dog and...
Release Date: 03/02/2022, updated in 2023
Out Now: Mac, PC, Switch and Xbox One
Components: 3D First-Person, Cartoon, Day and Night, Hand-Made, Open World and Weather
Paradise Marsh is an open-world collecting game where you explore a varied marsh to find insects to put their stars back in the night sky. You wander an endless wetland and collect creatures, skim stones and eat mushrooms as the weather and seasons...
Release Date: 16/07/2014, updated in 2020
Out Now: Mac, PC, Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Components: 2D Overhead and Pixels
Hidden in Plain Sight is a unique battle that requires keen observation rather than quick reflexes. Up to four players fight to protect or assassinate the king, catch a thief or race across the screen without being stopped. The twist is that you each...
Release Date: 21/06/2021, updated in 2022
Out Now: Mac, PC and Xbox X|S
Phantom Abyss is a running and jumping game where you charge through temples to get to the exit. Your only tool is a whip that interacts with objects and can propel you forward. Along the way are numerous traps and difficult jumps to avoid. There are...
Release Date: 11/01/2024
Out Now: PC and Xbox One
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon, Day and Night and Open World
Palworld is a role-play game where you befriend and collect Pal creatures in a vast open world. It takes the Pokemon formula in a new more violent (gun-touting) and bizarre-capitalist direction as you put your pocket monsters to fight, build, farm, and...
Release Date: 05/05/2022
Components: 2D Side-On, Cartoon, Dice, Grid and Text
Citizen Sleeper is a role-play game set in the ruins of interplanetary capitalism. You are an escaped worker exploring a lawless space station, making friends, and (ultimately) trying to escape your past. Each cycle you roll dice and decide how to spend...
Release Date: 26/04/2023, updated in 2023
Components: 2D Side-On, Day and Night and Pixels
Cassette Beasts is a turn-based collecting and battling game where you use retro cassette tapes to transform your character into different creatures. It's similar to Pokemon. You explore the dense island and solve environmental puzzles, win turn-based...
Release Date: 01/11/2022
Out Now: PC, Switch and Xbox One
Components: 2D Overhead, Cartoon, Day and Night and Weather
Lonesome Village is a simple dungeon adventure that also simulates life in a cosy mysterious village. You play by exploring, collecting and talking to the other villagers, before heading to solve the puzzles of the adventure. It's a combat-free...
Release Date: 03/10/2023
Out Now: PC and Xbox X|S
Components: 2D Overhead, Cartoon and Grid
The Lamplighters League is a tactical strategy game where a team of cartoony misfits use their unique abilities to outwit enemies. Play mixes real-time infiltration and turn-based tactical combat where every character matters if you are going to come...
Release Date: 18/08/2020
Components: 3D First-Person, 3D Third-Person, Day and Night, Open World and Weather
Microsoft Flight Simulator (Microsoft Flight Sim 2020) is a flight simulator game in the long-running series. Along with a huge range of aircraft, you can learn to fly, the game recreates the entire Earth using textures and data from maps and...
Release Date: 27/08/2020
Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds
Tell Me Why is a narrative game following the story of twins Tyler and Alyson Ronan, as they unravel the truth about their childhood and why they were separated. It's a story about the impact of families and the lengths we go to make them right.
Release Date: 23/07/2020
Carrion is a horror game where you play the amorphous alien as well as human protagonists. This reverse-horror scenario puts you in control of an organic tentacled monster to make your way through the facility, stalking and killing humans in your path.
Release Date: 14/05/2020
Components: 2D Side-On, Cards and Hand-Made
Signs of the Sojourner is an introspective narrative where you interact with characters by solving puzzles with cards that represent emotions. It's a coming-of-age story set in the near future and explores how relationships form, break and mend in the...
Release Date: 17/09/2020
Out Now: Mac, PC and Xbox One
Welcome to Elk is an adventure game set on a fictional island. It tells true stories and tall tales, about the people who live there.
Release Date: 26/03/2021
Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made
Genesis Noir is a narrative-driven puzzle game. It's a time travelling mystery to save your lover, by intervening through the history of the world to ultimately stop the expansion of the universe. Although it sounds bizarre, existential and confusing,...
Release Date: 30/08/2022, updated in 2022
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, Xbox X|S and iOS
Components: 2D Side-On and Filmed
Immortality is a mystery horror game where you investigate the lost movies of Marissa Marcel to unravel the mystery of her disappearance. As you paw through the footage, you uncover a story that spans three decades in unnerving and horrific ways. It's...
Release Date: 22/10/2020
Disc Room is an action survival game set in a sprawling intergalactic slaughterhouse. You are a scientist from the future exploring the facility and must get through each room that is filled with sharp discs by running and dodging. You have special...
Release Date: 11/03/2015, updated in 2019
Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds
Ori and the Blind Forest is a running and jumping game that places you in control of a diminutive guardian spirit. You traverse and solve platforming challenges to progress through the world while fighting off monsters. It's familiar territory but...
Release Date: 28/02/2019
Ape Out is a stylised fighting game where you control an ape trying to escape a facility. Although it's violent, the gameplay focuses on rhythm and style rather than just gore. As you move, grab and throw your attackers the soundtrack responds to create...
Release Date: 19/01/2016, updated in 2018
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS Vita, Switch, Xbox One and iOS
Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels
Darkest Dungeon is a turn-based battling game where you fight monsters in dungeons to restore your ancestor's hamlet to its former glory. From a side-on perspective, you recruit an adventurer team to take on quests in the dank, dim dungeons that make...
Release Date: 01/08/2017
Out Now: Android, PC, Xbox One and iOS
Jailbreak is a popular Roblox game about escaping prison and getting away with various crimes. Based on the popular Prison Life and Madcity Roblox games, but adds a large open world in which you could drive vehicles, earn weapons and rob various...
Release Date: 15/06/2016, updated in 2022
Out Now: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS
Roblox is a series of games where amateur game-makers create simple online games that often mimic real-world grown-up scenarios, like working in a pizza restaurant, surviving natural disasters, escaping prison, scuba diving or playing hide-and-seek. The...
Release Date: 23/02/2016
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon and Open World
MeepCity is a popular Roblox Game. It's a social game where you role-play a character to interact with other people and customise their looks. Like Toontown Online or the now-defunct Club Penguin, MeepCity is an evolving virtual space for players to...
Release Date: 01/11/2014
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, Xbox One and iOS
Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World
Welcome to Bloxburg is a simulation Roblox game where you take on daily activities in a fictional city. Drawing on gameplay from The Sims, you care for your character and keep their mood positive, by building and customizing your house, learning skills...
Out Now: Mac, PC, Xbox One and iOS
Impostor is a space survival game like Among Us. It is a community-created version of that official game on Roblox as Impostor, but also on Minecraft as a couple of minigames called Among Us and Impostor. The Roblox game is a version of Among Us for...
Release Date: 11/10/2019, updated in 2020
Tracks The Train Set Game is a digital version of wooden toy train sets, without the costs of buying more and more track pieces. You build your toy train set and towns and then jump into the driver's seat and drive the train, seeing your toy world to...
Release Date: 01/08/2022, updated in 2022
A Little To The Left is a puzzle game where you tidy a house into meticulous order. Each puzzle presents everyday objects and some evidence of how they should be organised. The challenge is you have to deal with a mischievous cat who likes to make a mess.
Release Date: 28/02/2020
Components: 3D Third-Person, Blocks, Cartoon, Day and Night and Open World
Trailmakers is a game where you explore an open world in vehicles you have made from Lego-like blocks. Build a car, a plane, a boat or a combination of these, a car plane boat. The game's physics encourages players to imaginatively combine propulsion,...
Release Date: 04/10/2017
Out Now: Android, GBA, Mac, PC, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS
Royale High Roblox is a role-play game about a fantasy school. You dress up, visit differently themed realms collect items and interact with other people. It draws inspiration from the pageantry world and integrates it with different locations to...