For Microsoft, the Xbox Series X will be placed in the continuity of the Xbox One. No desire to break therefore for the American giant, contrary to what Sony is preparing with its PS5, and the possibility for players to enjoy all the Xbox legacy on the new console, which will arrive in stores at the end of the year.
What is Smart Delivery?
Thus, the future (and overpowered) Xbox Series X should share many similarities with the current generation (interface, controller …), and it will also improve the gaming experience, with new features. This will include Xbox Smart Delivery, a program that promises players to always play the best version of the titles purchased, from one generation to the next.
For Microsoft: "Concretely, this means that if you decide to buy the Xbox One version of a compatible game and then upgrade to the next generation later, you will automatically get the Xbox Series X version of the same game at no additional cost. " Microsoft specifies that the operation will be automatic, and that the system will automatically detect the "Good" version to install on the machine, whether downloading a game via Xbox Live or playing via physical media.
Gears 5, Halo Infinite, CyberPunk 2077…
Note that Microsoft leaves it up to developers and publishers to offer this Smart Delivery option. For example, if you have Gears 5 on your Xbox One, and you decide to buy an Xbox Series X at the end of the year, you will only have one download to launch and you will benefit from the optimized version of Gears 5 for Xbox Series X, from the day of launch of the console. Obviously, the player will not lose his progression between the Xbox One version and the Xbox Series X version.
Microsoft has already drawn up a first list of games that will be compatible with Smart Delivery. Among them are Halo Infinite, Cyberpunk 2077, Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Destiny 2, DiRT 5, Scarlet Nexus, Chorus, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2, Yakuza: Like a Dragon, The Ascent, Call of the Sea, Gears 5 , Second Extinction and Metal: Hellslinger.