More details about Smart Delivery for the Xbox Series X emerge, ‘entire gaming legacy’ will be carried over

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Microsoft has revealed more details about how Smart Delivery works, ensuring that whichever system you are playing on, you will be getting the latest and best version of the game.

In an Xbox Wire post, Microsoft has clarified that the “technology is available for all developers, and all Xbox Game Studios titles that are Optimized for Xbox Series X, including Halo Infinite, will support Smart Delivery.

Microsoft has also ensured that will not need to do anything to get the best version, as the term “Smart” Delivery suggests that they will automatically provide you with it at no additional cost. This will not be limited to digital titles, but also across physical titles as well as long as the developer or publisher uses the technology.

Here are some sample scenarios of how Smart Delivery works, as lifted from the Xbox News Post:

  • If you own Gears 5 or are loving it via Xbox Game Pass now, you can play it today on Xbox One. Then, if you pick up an Xbox Series X this holiday, all it takes is a push of a button to download it and you’ll have the Optimized version of Gears 5 – available on day 1 at launch with the console – at your fingertips.  
  • When Halo Infinite launches alongside Xbox Series X and Xbox One this holiday, you only have to buy the game once and you’ll get the best version for whichever console you own, or both.  If you pick up Xbox Series X for your living room, Smart Delivery will recognize that and deliver you the Optimized version there. If you decide to move your existing Xbox One to a bedroom or the office, Smart Delivery will recognize that too and deliver that version when you’re playing on Xbox One. 
  • Lastly, some new and existing Xbox One titles will be Optimizing their games after the Xbox Series X launches.  For example, if you buy Cyberpunk 2077 when it launches on September 17, you’ll be set to explore Night City on Xbox One.  If you pick up Xbox Series X at launch this holiday, you can play it there too in compatibility mode picking up exactly where you left off. Then, when CD PROJEKT RED delivers an Xbox Series X Optimized version of Cyberpunk 2077, you’ll automatically get upgraded once it’s available at no additional cost. 

A list of titles that will support Smart Delivery can be seen below, and you can expect this list to grow as the months go by leading into the launch of the Series X this Holiday.

  • Halo Infinite 
  • Cyberpunk 2077 
  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla 
  • Destiny 2 
  • DiRT 5 
  • Scarlet Nexus 
  • Chorus 
  • Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon 
  • The Ascent 
  • Call of the Sea 
  • Gears 5 
  • Second Extinction 
  • Metal: Hellslinger 

There’s a lot to get excited about the Series X, especially with pro-consumer moves such as this, making the transition between generations as seamless as possible. How Seamless? You’ll also be able to bring along your save data, game library… as Microsoft calls it, your “entire gaming legacy”, as you take the leap into the next generation.

There is no price nor exact release date yet but the Xbox Series X is expected to launch in the Holiday of 2020.


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