Microsoft has confirmed that the upcoming Xbox Series X console will not feature any first-party games.
The new Microsoft console has been confirmed for a Holiday release later this year but, unlike the PlayStation 5 and previous iterations of home consoles, will not have any first-party exclusives – games that can only be played on that console.
Rather than doing this, the games released on the new console will be playable on PCs and be compatible with the current Xbox One consoles. The decision was revealed by Microsoft Studios Head Matt Booty during an interview with MCV.
Matt Booty said in the interview: “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 wanted 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.”
He continued: “Our approach is to pick one or two IP that we’re going to focus on and make sure that they’re there at the launch of the console, taking advantage of all the features. And for us that’s going to be Halo Infinite, which is a big opportunity.”
“It’s the first time in over 15 years that we’ll have a Halo title launching in sync with a new console. And that team is definitely going to be doing things to take advantage of [Series X].”
The decision to avoid exclusive games remains in-line with the technology firm’s ‘Play Anywhere’ manifesto which aims to provide players with the ability to play on different platforms seamlessly.
Meanwhile, although Sony hasn’t yet announced any first-party games for the PlayStation 5, Kotaku news editor Jason Schreier said in the Splitscreen podcast that Sony will have exclusive first-party games at launch. Schreier also claimed that he knows what they are but did not elaborate.
Next Generation Specs
At the beginning of the month, a report from Digital Foundry claimed to have discovered some of the Xbox Series X and PS5’s specs. According to the report, the new Xbox will feature a “ginormous” GPU reaching up to 12 teraflops which is huge compared to the Xbox One’s 1.3 teraflops of graphics power and the Xbox One X’s six teraflops.
The report also touched on the upcoming PS5 which will reportedly have a 9.2 teraflop graphics card as well as GDDR6 memory.
Sony has already confirmed that the PS5 will be backwards compatible but Digital Foundry’s leak also claimed that the console will have three modes to support backwards compatibility with the PS4 and PS4 Pro consoles.
Digital Foundry states that the console will alternate between modes Gen Zero, Gen One, and Gen Two to play vanilla PS4 games, enhanced PS4 Pro games, and PS5 games too. However, this has yet to be confirmed.
There are rumours that Sony will unveil the PS5 console next month at an event, but once again nothing has been confirmed. Microsoft, meanwhile, has already unveiled its console which you can check out here.
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