Aside from introducing better tech under the hood, Microsoft’s next-gen console the Xbox Series X will also offer other innovative features such as Xbox Smart Delivery. What is it exactly? According to Microsoft, Smart Delivery works in the sense that if you buy the Xbox One version of a supported title on Xbox Series X, you’ll get the best version of the game on your console.
Players who own an Xbox One and Xbox Series X can play the same title without any additional cost, and Microsoft will automatically deliver the best version of the game to your respective console. Here’s a scenario example by Microsoft:
Below are a few different scenarios in which Smart Delivery will work across generations with the games and consoles you own now and those you may own in the future. Smart Delivery will ensure that only the best version of the game will be installed on your hard drive, so you don’t have to manage your storage space:
- 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.
Microsoft has also confirmed that Xbox Smart Delivery will be enabled for Xbox Game Pass titles that “leverage” the feature. This doesn’t mean that all Xbox Game Pass titles will support it, but will depend on the devs if they do use it.
Note that this also means that any progress you’ve made for a game will carry over to the next-gen version as well. Below is a list of the initial new and existing titles that will be optimized for Xbox Series X and confirmed to support Smart Delivery.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
Yakuza: Like a Dragon
Call of the Sea
In other Xbox Series X news, Microsoft has commented that they will learn to address the PS5’s loading advantage.