Since the middle of November, we have used the Smart Delivery feature several times, allowing us to play the appropriate version of a cross-gen title, depending on which console we are using.
The Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S utilise the Smart Delivery function, which has become a key element in the two consoles’ progress. If you play one of the newer consoles and load a game that is on both the previous and the current-gen console, you will get the next-gen version of the title and not the one made for the Xbox One. If you buy a game, you will get the next-gen version as well (depending on the publisher!), so you don’t have to worry about re-buying a game after acquiring a new console. Microsoft’s approach can thus be considered a consumer-friendly move, as it saves the player money.
Jason Ronald, the program management director of Xbox, told Larry Hryb, also known as Major Nelson on his newest podcast that since the launch of the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S, six million Smart Delivery uses have been recorded. And since the two consoles have roughly sold 3.5 million units since the November 10 launch (according to Ampere, who we recently discussed – Microsoft no longer publishes official sales figures and we doubt they will…), and it could have been more if the coronavirus global pandemic and the lack of parts wouldn’t have caused a lack of stocks.
Back in the middle of June, we wrote the following about the Smart Delivery function: „Keep in mind that specific Xbox Series X versions have to exist for the game. If you play a non-Smart Delivery Xbox One title on the new console, then it will be running in compatibility mode without any automatic optimizations. The Smart Delivery will be supported by some Xbox Game Pass titles. All Xbox Game Studios (first-party) titles will be supporting the concept, but third-party titles will be decided by the developer and the publisher. Your game progression will carry over from the Xbox One to the Xbox Series X, too.” There was no Xbox Series S announced yet.
Not a bad result.