While Xbox hasn't yet had their big July event showing off the upcoming first-party titles that we can expect to see on the Xbox Series X today they did release more information on Smart Delivery. For those unaware Smart Delivery enabled titles will be purchasable once and then can be played across Xbox One and Xbox Series X. This means if you were to buy a game like Assassin's Creed Valhalla on the Xbox One that whenever you did decide to purchase a Series X you'd get the best version for it. Essentially, it's the same as Sony's cross-buy that the Japanese company had with Vita/PlayStation 3/PlayStation 4 titles. This is different from Backwards Compatible titles where you're playing the Xbox One version of the game on newer hardware.
While the post went over a lot of previously known information there were a few interesting pieces of confirmation to be found in the article. The first of which confirmed again that the upcoming Halo Infinite will be releasing alongside the Xbox Series X. It was also stated that if you purchase Cyberpunk 2077 in September then you'll be able to play on Xbox One and Series X when it will launch in compatibility mode, CD PROJEKT RED will then at a later date release a Series X optimized version of the game that you'll gain immediate access to. This means even if a game isn't optimized for Series X when the game or the Series X launches there are still ways for developers to deliver the best experience.
Xbox Game Pass titles by Xbox Game Studios that release on both generations of Xbox will also be enabled for Smart Delivery. This isn't just good for Gamepass subscribers but also means that if you own a game you know is on Game Pass and you know that it's also going to be coming to Series X that it will likely support Smart Delivery. For outside developers though the Smart Delivery choice is up to them.
Smart Delivery will carry across your progress in the games, even if you decide to pick the game back up again on an older generation. Xbox signed off their post by providing an updated list of all Smart Delivery titles that will be available for the Xbox Series X.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
Yakuza: Like a Dragon
Call of the Sea
In the upcoming months, Xbox plans to talk more about Smart Delivery and add more titles to the above list.
What do you think of Xbox's dedication to Smart Delivery? Are you excited to know you won't need to worry about purchasing the worse version of a game? Will this mean you keep your Xbox One around for longer?