Today, things already got a little bit murky. Games like Halo Infinite are obviously coming to both the Xbox Series X and Xbox One, but it became more unclear with every Xbox Game Studio announcement.
The end of the Halo Infinite trailer was clearly labelled with Xbox Series X, Xbox One and Windows PC, whilst trailers such as the Fable trailer, Everwild, State of Decay 3 trailer as well as Forza Motorsport were simply labelled as Xbox Series X and Windows PC games.
The confusion comes from the fact that these games could all very well release outside of that two year window that Phil Spencer stated in that recent blog post.
““Titles we release in the next couple of years—like Halo Infinite—will be available and play great on Xbox Series X and Xbox One. We won’t force you to upgrade to Xbox Series X at launch to play Xbox exclusives,”
Xbox’s Head of Marketing, Aaron Greenberg replied to Kotaku about the situation this morning, clearing things up a little bit, but the situation still seems to be unclear.
Future 1P titles are developed for Xbox Series X first. Not saying those games won’t ship on Xbox One, only that we are leading with Series X & each studio will decide what’s best for their game/community when they launch.
Greenberg said: “Future 1P titles are developed for Xbox Series X first. Not saying those games won’t ship on Xbox One, only that we are leading with Series X & each studio will decide what’s best for their game/community when they launch.”
The term “future 1P titles” could be interpreted in a number of ways. In my mind, that could be anything that comes after Halo Infinite. It makes sense for Microsoft to be using the Xbox Series X to be the lead platform for these games, but it definitely does lead to more confusion that what was initially discussed around Xbox Series X games coming to Xbox One for the forseeable future.
Personally, I’d love to see most of these games (if not all of them) be exclusive to the Xbox Series X. The console is incredibly powerful and I’d love to see these talented studios harness the full power of it.