Microsoft’s Xbox Series X will include a feature called Xbox Smart Delivery. This system allows players to use their games transparently on several generations of consoles.
What is Xbox Smart Delivery?
The idea behind the new Smart Delivery feature is simple: Once you’ve purchased a version of an Xbox game that supports Smart Delivery, you’ll still have access to it, even on future (and past) models of Xbox.
This will allow players to move seamlessly between generations of consoles and consoles as often as they wish. Graphics, including video resolution, will change depending on the generation of console they are on, but they will always be optimized specifically for that console.
Not all games will support it
Microsoft has committed to ensuring that all Xbox Game Studios-exclusive titles optimized for the Xbox Series X, including Halo Infinite, use Smart Delivery.
This means that if you purchase an Xbox Game Studios title like Halo Infinite on Xbox One, your purchase will allow you to play the game on the Xbox Series X console in the future, at no additional cost, and with all the optimizations offered by the developer for the latest generation of consoles.
This is reminiscent of the backward compatibility of Xbox One for games written for Xbox 360. In this system, some games that have been modified can be played on Xbox One simply by inserting the original Xbox 360 disc or buying them digitally with your Microsoft account. .
This system worked by completely ignoring the original game disc and downloading a modified version of the game in question, then loading it into a virtual version of the Xbox 360 system running on Xbox One.
Microsoft said developers would not need to create multiple versions of their games to be compatible with Smart Delivery. However, Microsoft has not yet explained how this feature works in the background.
Third party games, like Cyberpunk 2077, require developers and publishers to opt for Smart Delivery. Not all games will support it.
Smart delivery games confirmed
Here are some games for which Microsoft has confirmed compatibility from June 2020:
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Call of the sea
Chorus: Rise as One
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
Yakuza: like a dragon
Because Smart Delivery takes the frustration out of buying games for newer consoles, there’s no incentive to wait for the Xbox Series X to buy a new game. The version you buy today for Xbox One will be seamlessly upgrade for Xbox Series X.