The new, slightly different, Xbox controller.
At its May Xbox Series X event, the first in a series of monthly shows called Xbox 20/20, Microsoft showed off its latest wares. Fans got a peek at gameplay for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, due for release this holiday season for the highly anticipated new Xbox Series X console, as well as for the Xbox One, PlayStation, PC and Google Stadia.
Microsoft also revealed third-party launch titles for the Xbox Series X — at least nine exist so far. In July, Microsoft will unveil its own Xbox Game Studios games for the new console.
In addition to faster loading times, backward compatibility and Quick Resume, Microsoft’s new console comes with Smart Delivery. Here’s everything you need to know about this new feature. The backwards compatibility feature also ensures that you won’t lose progress in your game when moving between console generations.
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What is Xbox Smart Delivery?
Smart Delivery lets you buy a game for the Xbox One, with a Series X copy automatically included. If you upgrade your console later, Microsoft feeds the console the appropriate version of the game. Smart Delivery essentially means that you’ll always be playing the latest, best-quality version of the game, and you only have to buy it once. The feature might seem old hat to PC gamers who’ve long had the ability to have remastered versions of games automatically patched in via Steam.
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To use Smart Delivery, you’ll need the new Xbox Series X console once it’s released, and the game must be compatible.
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The Xbox Series X.
Which games will use Xbox Smart Delivery?
Microsoft said it will use Smart Delivery on all exclusive Xbox Game Studios titles optimized for the Xbox Series X, including Halo Infinite. Madden 21 will be available for a limited time. in regard to using Smart Delivery on games, Microsoft has left it up to developers. Most recently, the company said it will automatically give players the Series X version for supported titles being downloading to the new system at no extra charge once the updated game is available.
Xbox Smart Delivery is also compatible with Xbox Game Pass games, like Gears 5, as well. Game Pass is Microsoft’s $10-a-month game subscription service that unlocks access to over 100 games.
Here are the Smart Delivery-enabled games that we know about so far:
Assassin’s Creed ValhallaCall of the SeaChorusCyberpunk 2077Gears 5Halo InfiniteHellblade 2Destiny 2Dirt 5Metal: HellslingerScarlet NexusSecond ExtinctionThe AscentVampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines 2Yakuza: Like a Dragon
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