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Xbox Series X Titles Will Be Playable on Xbox One X

  • This will be a focus for the next one to two years.
  • Some titles will be made to show off Series X’s power.
  • Halo Infinite is the biggest launch for Microsoft to show off their new hardware.


The next console generation is coming quickly, and is expected to arrive by the end of the year. In December, at The Game Awards 2019, Microsoft surprised the world when they showed off their next console, even going as far as to reveal that it’s called the Xbox Series X. Since its reveal, more information has slowly been coming out. We now know that within the first one to two years of the Xbox Series X life, first party titles will still be playable on Xbox One X. Third party titles, however, will be up to the developers.

MCVUK got a chance to interview the head of Xbox Game Studios, Matt Booty. The interview discusses how their 15 internal studios are doing, the future for the company, as well as the plans for Xbox Series X. When discussing Microsoft first party titles being playable on Xbox One X, Matt Booty had the following to say:


“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,” 

“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.”

“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].”


I’m not sure how effective this strategy will be, mostly because it’s radically different from what we’ve seen in the past. Usually a new console launches with one first party exclusive that draws players in, and with several cross generation releases of third party titles. A recent example is, of course, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild launching with Nintendo Switch. If Sony launches with a first party title with PlayStation 5, this will put Microsoft at a big disadvantage I feel. What do you think?

Not launching with a true exclusive for the first two years has me believing that year three of Xbox Series X will be its biggest year. Microsoft could save a bunch of first-party exclusives for this transition period to end, and it’ll be even bigger for Microsoft of the Xbox Series X truly is more powerful than PlayStation 5. Matt Booty was asked about Sony’s first party line-up for PlayStation 4, and he claims he doesn’t see this as a head to head competition, but that there are things Microsoft needs to do better. This includes delivering on games, making sure these games are quality experiences, and be better at building characters, worlds, and stories that can transcend through time. The example he gave was how Marvel has been able to remain relevant with characters established in 1960.

I hope that all three of the main console manufacturers can find success. I don’t want another Sega situation. Microsoft has done a lot of brand repair since 2013, and I hope they continue making their platform a great one for everyone. How do you see this upcoming console generation playing out? To stay up to date on Microsoft, make sure you follow them on Twitter, Facebook, and their official website.


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  1. I’m sure that eventually they’ll start releasing exclusives for the new console. It will be the only thing that will push sales. Then again plenty of people bought mid generational upgrades for a slight graphics boost, so this strategy may be effective.

    “I hope that all three of the main console manufacturers can find success.” – I don’t. I want Sony to fail considering all their recent mess ups like the censorship board and screwing over Japanese developers, but I doubt this will happen.

    • 2017 : “don’t worry, we’ve heard you, we know you’re bored to death so we’ve bought more than 10 game studios !”
      2018 : Nothing at E3… “Oh, maybe we’ll get games in 2019 then…”
      2019 : Nothing for X1 at E3… “Oh, I’ve just been waiting for nothing, all games are for the XSX, they gave up on the X1 in 2017 basically”
      2020 : “You’ll get games (in 2021) that were intended for the XSX too”

      Basically, people have 2 main choices :
      Stay with a console that has been abandoned for years, hoping that 4 years later, the promised games will be somewhat good (not a given, at all…)

      Give yet another £500 to MS, who abandoned (and utterly failed) its last generation, to get a console with games (that probably won’t be good) that you can play on the system that has been sitting on your tv stand, gathering dust, for the last 4 years…

      We deserve this industry, when I see that everyone is now gathering their money, ready to wait in line for the next gen… It’s not enthusiasm at this point, it’s blind hope… May I remind everyone that those who bought the X1X also bought a £500 4K TV ? Last gen was almost £2000 on hardware alone (X1, X1S, X1X, 4K TV) and it was the most boring gen the world ever witnessed ! And you’re willing to spend yet another £500 ?!!! Yep, Game Pass was great, but am I the only one to see it for what it is ? It was just a way for MS to keep us around by, almost literally, giving us hundreds of games for free ! Don’t you think that without Game Pass you’d be a PS4 Pro player ?… Just saying… You’re about to buy a £500 console from a company that gave up on the last gen for years and had to make “indie” games rain on you in order to keep you around…

      Honestly, open your friend list and see what everybody does… Oh, they’re all watching Hulu or Netflix ? No, it’s not a bug, it’s my entire friend list for years now.

      Remember when the X1 at E3 2013 was all about TV ? They pull that off in the end ^-^ Hats off !

      Last point, if you’re considering buying the XSX now, it’s for the promise of good graphics… In the next Halo game… I think people should re-play Halo 4 and Halo 5 as a reality check right now… That very same company is making the next Halo, guys… Keep your money, go on vacation, do something but stop buying those pieces of junk, it’s embarrassing… Have some self respect

      • Not really sure if your rant was directed at me (assuming so given that you replied to my post), but I don’t plan to buy Xbox’ new console. I never owned an Xbox and I’m not a fan of their first party titles or the works of the studios they bought.

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