As VentureBeat coined it, the Xbox One is going to be „forward compatible,” and because of that, we shouldn’t put it in a box when the Xbox (Series X) will launch.
Matt Booty, the head of Xbox Game Studios, told MCV a few things in an interview that isn’t necessarily about the next-gen Xbox, but the Xbox One – for a year or two after the launch of the Xbox Series X, Microsoft will launch games that will support the Xbox One as well, making the current-gen console „forward compatible.”
„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- 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,” Booty said, adding that we can expect new games every three or four months.
„If we say a game is going to ship at a certain time, we’ve got to get that done, we just need to get better at executing. We do have studios that have multiple teams within them. So for example, we announced Everwild, a new IP from Rare; that is a second team that we’re spinning up under Louise O’Connor’s leadership and creative direction, that will be a second team that exists in parallel to the team at Rare that’s already working on Sea of Thieves and will continue to work on that game. So there will be two teams. While at 343 they’re working on Halo Infinite. But they’re also working on bringing things like Halo Reach to PC to join the Master Chief Collection. [Reach is the first game available from the MCC on PC. Currently, the team is working on Combat Evolved, the first Halo game – the ed.]
But what we aren’t doing right now is, for example, saying, ‘hey, could half of the Minecraft team go work on Sea of Thieves?’ I think that would just be very tough with the way we run our studios. They each have their own cultures, they each have their toolsets, their technology. And they certainly are sharing a lot of information, techniques and expertise. But we’re not at the point where we would want to move people around from studio to studio,” he added.
So Microsoft is working on its games to support both the Xbox (Series X is the model name, while the next-gen console is called Xbox, ridiculous), the Xbox One, as well as the PC. So it could be the next step in the evolution of Xbox Play Anywhere (buy a copy of the game either on Xbox One or Windows 10, get access to both platforms’ respective version). Meanwhile, Sony might have a different approach, which we discussed separately.
The Xbox (Series X) will launch by the end of the year.
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