Microsoft to Block Paid-For Upgrades for Xbox Series X?

Microsoft to Block Paid-For Upgrades for Xbox Series X?

Microsoft will be telling developers and publishers that they are not allowed to charge players for a Series X upgrade.

That is, according to VideoGamesChronicle.

The report states that players should be entitled to free access to their games if they are choosing to upgrade them from the Xbox One to Series X. This will be either through the Xbox Smart Delivery, or by publisher’s own scheme.

For anyone slightly out of the loop, the Smart Delivery system will mean players only need to buy a game once on the Xbox One. Then, as soon as the Series X is out, they can “upgrade” the game to run on the new console. The result will be seemless gameplay, achievements, and saved data being transfered and ready to play.

Smart Delivery, Smart Choice

Only 14 titles are currently known to be ready for Smart Delivery. Those titles include Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, Halo: Infinite, and, of course, Cyberpunk 2077.

EA unironically has a similar scheme in play for their next-gen-ready titles. In an uncharacteristically charitable move on the publisher’s part, Madden NFL 21 can be bought for Xbox One/PlayStation 4 and then upgraded to the respective next-gen equivalent for free. However, the caveat there is that the upgrade must be claimed before Madden 22 is out.

I’m sure we’ll see more great news from Microsoft when the Xbox Games Showcase goes live on 23rd July. Be sure to tune into ABG then when ABG contributor George Glynn will be doing a live play-by-play of the event.

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