The next Xbox, which is actually just called Xbox, not the Xbox Series X as Microsoft initially unveiled it as, isn’t going to feature any exclusive games from Microsoft’s first-party studios when it launches this holiday season. Instead, Microsoft and its subsidiaries will be developing for a cross-generational audience, with all games for roughly the next two years being developed with Xbox One, Windows, and Xbox (Series X) in mind.
News of this came from an MCV interview with Head of Xbox Game Studios Matt Booty, who explained that the decision came to approach the launch this way to help the Xbox brand as a whole, not just the new console [Editor’s Note: The original link to this interview no longer works, but you can still find it via the Wayback Machine].
“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,” he said. “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.”
As MCV points out, this will be good for developers on a cost front, because the games they’re putting out won’t be restricted to hardware with a significantly smaller install base. While the Xbox (Series X) may sell well out of the gate, it won’t be able to catch up to the Xbox One’s lifetime sales for several years. So developers can still count on sales from the previous console while still being at the front lines of the console launch later this year.
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Despite games being developed for the Xbox One, Windows, and Xbox (Series X), Microsoft still wants games coming to the new system to show off the new hardware’s capabilities, and Booty says that Halo: Infinite will be one of the launch titles to do that. However, he didn’t give much in the way of specifics.
“Our approach is to pick one or two IP that we’re going to focus on and make sure that they’re there at the launch of the console, taking advantage of all the features. And for us that’s going to be Halo Infinite, which is a big opportunity.
“It’s the first time in over 15 years that we’ll have a Halo title launching in sync with a new console. And that team is definitely going to be doing things to take advantage of [Series X].”
Whatever Microsoft plans to showcase with Halo: Infinite is unknown at the moment, but we really don’t know a whole lot about the game in general. But for a rundown of what we do know, check out our compiled list of details on Master Chief’s first foray into the next generation.
It’s unclear if Sony will follow a similar route, as details on the PlayStation 5 are similarly scarce. At least as far as games are concerned. Sony has said a fair bit about the as-of-yet-unseen device’s innards, but given the company’s history, a proper unveiling will likely take place at a dedicated event sometime in the coming months.
Until then? Uh, I mean, there’s a logo?