Xbox One owners will be getting everything that hits Xbox Series X for at least year after launchPlatforms: Microsoft Xbox Series X | Microsoft Xbox One
Often the launch of a new console generation sees the previous one fade pretty quickly, but that could be about to change with the launch of the Xbox Series X brand later this year. While we're now less than a year away from seeing the console hit the shelves it would appear that Microsoft want to make sure that anyone who invests in the Xbox One platform between now and then will continue to feel valued once the new platform lands.
In an interview with MCV, Xbox Game Studios head Matt Booty said “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.”
This feels like a solid strategy and will effectively continue the model that Microsoft have with the Xbox One and Xbox One X - with the more powerful console getting all of the bells and whistles you'd expect given what it can do and the game scaling back for less powerful hardware.
This is similar to how PC Gaming has handled the wide range of system specifications for the last decade or so and given the tight range of hardware used in the Xbox platform in the current and next generation many of the issues with supporting multiple configurations are tempered a little with developers having to support only two or three possible hardware sets.
We're sure there will come a time when the Xbox One, especially in its original and S form will be cast aside but this suggests very much that the Xbox One X at least might remain a sensible entry point to the Xbox ecosystem for a few years yet. With games such as Halo: Infinite and Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2 already confirmed for Xbox Series X, existing Xbox owners can rest assured that they'll be able to play the games even if they don't upgrade to the next generation straight away.
With Microsoft's growing throng of studios all working on both new and existing IP there is a good chance that we'll start to see plenty of Xbox Exclusives that will be playable across the whole Xbox One series going forward and this will also ease the transition of developers who want to support the Xbox Series X as they'll have the huge userbase of the existing consoles to fall back on.