Xbox Won't Have Series X Exclusives for at Least a Year

Ruben Fields
January 12, 2020

Instead, any new title playable on the Series X will also be playable on older Xbox One consoles.

"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 told the site.

Booty's confirmation of the full Xbox first-party library's compatibility with Xbox Series X isn't the end of cross-compatibility. In the past, company's like Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo have always sought to push new console hardware with exclusive software.

If you're an Xbox One owner and you're anxious that your console will be brushed aside the moment the Xbox Series X releases, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Even if some third-party publishers release games exclusively on next-gen hardware, between new Xbox Game Studio games and Game Pass, even people who now own launch Xbox Ones (like me!) won't be immediately left behind.

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Microsoft's very patchy record for releasing exclusive games should be a thing of the past now they have fifteen studios, when asked if Microsoft studios would be releasing a steady stream of games Matt replied "The capacity to deliver, say, a game every three or four months, which is our goal".

"Make sure that we hold the bar high on quality, and that we're releasing games that we can be proud of and that the fans can be proud of as Xbox exclusives".

That said, Booty added that Microsoft would not be asking internal studios to split up and work with other internal studios that might do things differently in order to get better results, but would encourage them to use external development resources when needed. And for us that's going to be Halo Infinite, which is a big opportunity. There's still a lot we don't know about the new console, but Microsoft will undoubtedly be telling us more as we move through 2020, so stay tuned. They each have their own cultures, they each have their own toolsets, their own technology.

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