In what is an interesting twist, the Xbox Series X will not be coming with exclusive console-games at launch. In an interview with MCVUK, Microsoft Studios head Matt Booty says the company will be focusing its strategy on Xbox Play Anywhere and that the upcoming console will support backwards compatibility.
In the chat with the UK gaming site, Booty said, “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 also implies at appoint in time, games designed for the Xbox Series X won’t work on the Xbox One.
This is the first time Microsoft will be unveiling a new console without exclusive games at launch. Halo Infinite will be the biggest first-party Xbox Series exclusive and it is already confirmed to be available for the Xbox One as well as the Windows 10. This will be a similar pattern for the company according to Booty until at least a year after the launch of the Xbox Series X.
Xbox Series X competitor, the PlayStation 5 has been confirmed to be launching with exclusive titles giving Sony the edge over Microsoft. Going by this strategy, it remains to be seen how Microsoft will convince buyers to its new Series X console since same games it offers can be played on a high-end gaming computer.
Gamers with old Xbox One consoles are most likely to upgrade quickly to the Series X. The Series X high-end specifications and adaptability should be a key selling point for Microsoft when the console finally launches holiday 2020.