The age of the launch exclusive might be in the past, for Xbox anyway. Check out the latest Series X comments from Microsoft’s Mark Booty.
It’s pretty typical for new consoles to launch with exclusive games. At least, where generational exclusives are concerned. By that, I mean games like Breath of the Wild launching with the Switch. You didn’t see it hit for the Wii U as well after all.
While that’s a fairly common practice, it’s got no place in the next generation Xbox’ release plans this fall. While Xbox games will presumably play and look the best on the new console, they’ll be playable across Microsoft’s line of consoles.
That’s according to Xbox’ Mark Booty anyway.
“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 explains. “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.”Mark Booty
So, basically, Microsoft is hedging things a bit and trying not to kill Xbox One sales in the face of their next generation console. It’s an interesting move. It might mean dulling the Series X’ (or whatever its actually called) shine, even if just a bit.
Also while he did say that, Booty also added that this will be the first time that a new Halo game (Halo Infinite) is launching with an Xbox console in 15 years. I’d expect a heavy dose of ‘plays best on Xbox Series X’-type stuff aimed at that, and maybe a pack-in deal or two.
But even so, if you’re a gamer who likes to wait a while before adopting a new generation, you seem to be in luck when it comes to Xbox.