Thanks to a feature called Smart Delivery, Xbox Series X gamers will automatically get the best version of each game delivered to their console.
“Smart Delivery is available for all developers, and all Xbox Game Studios titles that are Optimized for Xbox Series X, including Halo Infinite, will support Smart Delivery,” Microsoft’s Will Tuttle explains. “[This] means that if you purchase the Xbox One version of a supported title, we will deliver the best version of it to your Xbox One, as usual. If you decide to jump into the next generation with Xbox Series X, we will automatically provide the Xbox Series X version of the game at no additional cost when it becomes available. You won’t need to do anything in terms of choosing a version to download.”
Interestingly, Smart Delivery isn’t just for digital purchases. If you buy an Xbox game on disc, you can also get the most optimized version of that game delivered to your Xbox Series X console if the developer or publisher decides to implement this functionality.
Furthermore, Smart Delivery will be enabled for Xbox Game Pass titles as well, though again it will be up to developers to determine whether they take advantage of this feature.
‘As was the case with our current backward compatible titles, you won’t have to worry about losing any progress either,” Tuttle continues. “Thanks to our commitment to compatibility across generations, you can be assured that when you purchase a game on Xbox One today, your game library, progression[,] and entire gaming legacy moves forward with you if you jump into the next generation with Xbox Series X.”
The following games will be Optimized for Xbox Series X, with many more to come:
- Halo Infinite
- Cyberpunk 2077
- Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
- Destiny 2
- DiRT 5
- Scarlet Nexus
- Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
- Yakuza: Like a Dragon
- The Ascent
- Call of the Sea
- Gears 5
- Second Extinction
- Metal: Hellslinger