Xbox Series X Won’t Release With Exclusive Next-Gen Games

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Xbox Series X is planning for a holiday release, and new consoles usually comes alongside shiny new exclusives that showcase its power. Microsoft is going to take the other path this time, though, as head of Microsoft Studios Matt Booty says its first-party games will be completely cross-gen for the first year of launch.

“As our content comes out over the next year, two years, all of our games, sort of like PC, will play up and down that family of devices,” Booty told MCV. “We want to make sure that if someone invests in Xbox between now and [Series X] that they feel that they made a good investment and that we’re committed to them with content.”

So they are not going to release an exclusive to the Series X, Booty says Microsoft will keep pumping games for Xbox One and let the upgraded performance on the Series X speak for itself. So that means, Halo Infinite, will be ready to showcase the new console at release.

“Our approach is to pick one or two IP that we’re going to focus on and make sure that they’re there at the launch of the console, taking advantage of all the features. And for us that’s going to be Halo Infinite, which is a big opportunity. It’s the first time in over 15 years that we’ll have a Halo title launching in sync with a new console. And that team is definitely going to be doing things to take advantage of [Series X].”

It’s a model more similar to a smartphone upgrade. Games still release across machines, but you’ll get better performance with the newer hardware. Microsoft has indicated this direction for the next generation before, especially with its announcement that “Series X” is just one of the potentially many models we’ll see in the future. The line of gadgets itself, the company has said, is now just “Xbox.”

This may be a risk, however, as gamers who are still able to enjoy games like Halo Infinite on their this gen hardware may not feel as compelled to upgrade. That could change hardware adoption rates when we know Sony is looking to convert its player-base to PS5 rather quickly.


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