Xbox Series X's First-Party Games Will Be Cross-Gen for the First Two Years

Xbox Series X's First-Party Games Will Be Cross-Gen for the First Two Years

According to Matt Booty, Halo: Infinite won't be the only cross-gen Xbox exclusive.

Since Microsoft first teased Project Scarlett, we've known that the next Xbox's marquee launch title, Halo: Infinite, would also be coming to the Xbox One family of consoles. Now, in a recently surfaced interview from November's X019 event, head of Xbox Game Studios Matt Booty seems to confirm that Microsoft's other first-party output for the next couple years will follow suit, releasing for Xbox Series X, PC, and Xbox One.

"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," Booty tells MCV. "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."

So far, the games Microsoft has confirmed for the Xbox Series X are Halo: Infinite and Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2. First announced at The Game Awards after the Series X unveiling, Microsoft's official website for Senua's Saga says it was "built for the new Xbox Series." We reached out Microsoft for clarification on Booty's statement and to ask whether Senua's Saga would also be a cross-generation title, and received the following response from a spokesperson:

With Xbox Series X, we are continuing our commitment to compatibility, and that means thousands of your favorite games across four generations of gaming, your Xbox One gaming accessories and your Xbox career all move forward with you. We're excited to share more specifics in the future, but we have nothing further at this time.

While Microsoft has been touting comprehensive backwards compatibility as a major feature since the Project Scarlett reveal, Booty's comment indicates that Microsoft also isn't ready to move on from first-party Xbox One development and support in the near future. Microsoft has 15 developers under the Xbox Game Studios umbrella, is committed to supporting Game Pass with first-party releases, and has rethought its approach to next-gen console designations—it would make sense for Microsoft to continue moving away from traditional ideas of console generations by extending development for Xbox One (i.e., keep Game Pass fresh with new content) for a while past the release of the Series X.

Whether or not Senua's Saga or some other title ends up being Microsoft's first to leave the Xbox One family of consoles behind, it'll have to happen at some point. Time will tell whether Microsoft's early-cycle cross-gen approach pays off, or if people become fixated on the idea of Xbox One development holding back the potential of newer devices.

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Mathew Olson


Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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