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Xbox Series X's First-Party Titles Will Run on Xbox One

Xbox Series X's First-Party Titles Will Run on Xbox One

Microsoft is re-writing the rulebook when it comes to launching a console. In years past, the release of shiny new hardware would render any predecessors instantly obsolete, little more than oversized paperweights with flashing lights. The upcoming Xbox Series X won't doom the Xbox One to the same fate: the first couple of years of new games from first-party Microsoft studios have been confirmed to run on both generations of hardware, PC too for that matter. Only after a couple of years (2021/2022) will first-party titles require ownership of the Xbox Series X.

In a recent interview, Matt Booty (Head of Microsoft Studios) compared Microsoft's vision for Xbox to the PC gaming market: “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.”

This more flexible approach to console generations reflects the company's overall change in attitude over the past few years. From encouraging cross-platform play, to allowing its properties to enter competitor's marketplaces (Gears 5 is now on Steam, to give a somewhat recent example), the company has been making some seriously drastic consumer-friendly moves. Microsoft is clearly not afraid to fight industry norms and put in the work to regain customer favour after the Xbox One's infamously poor launch.

Jamie Davies

Jamie Davies

Staff Writer

Raised on a steady diet of violent shooters and sugary cereal. He regrets no part of this

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Acelister - 07:53am, 13th January 2020

It reads kinda ambiguously to me - he could mean that they're releasing the same titles on both platforms, rather than being able to use the same discs in both consoles.

There were still PlayStation 3 games coming out in 2017 (and FIFA 19 in 2018), a clear four years after the PlayStation 4 launched.

jadves - 09:30am, 14th January 2020 Author

Very true, the launch lineup for the PS4/Xbox One did see 'lite' versions released on the previous generation. You could be right

Veldt Falsetto
Veldt Falsetto - 09:36am, 14th January 2020

I assume that it's actually similar to how they did backwards compatibility this generation, where they pick certain games to unlock over the lifespan of the machine.

So all your games won't be playable at first but maybe at the end of the console's lifespan they will be.