While some sites are making a big deal (also claiming this to be a downside) about Microsoft’s Xbox Box Series X not having any exclusive games playable only on the new system, we’re not worried. According to some sites, they cite that Microsoft will be leaning hard on their Xbox Play Anywhere and going balls deep with backwards compatibility.
According to Microsoft Studios head Matt Booty, who spoke with UK gaming site MCV, “over the next year, two years, all of our games, sort of like PC, will play up and down that family of devices,” Booty 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.”
Obviously, the internet likes to lean hard on the negative, but they’re glossing over the big issue: Microsoft doesn’t have much in the way of exclusivity titles. Sony has more of that angle. What people need to be conscious of that statement doesn’t imply that no exclusive titles won’t appear on the Xbox Series X. Halo and some other Xbox only titles will be available on the current-gen and next-gen consoles.
This is nothing new. All companies, for the transition years, will offer all games on both consoles. However, some games will come with effects or features that can only be used on the new console. Don’t believe the hype that places like The Verge are giving, because everyone seems to forget how business works when something new comes out.
Microsoft and Sony are both guilty of this. Sony made two version of Assassin’s Creed. One for the PS3 and the PS4. Unity for the PS4 was generally panned for the shitty graphics and glitches in the game. But, no one needs to worry about sales. Those that want to adopt early will, while other will play catch up.