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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.