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Xbox confuses its cross-generation message | Podcast

Latest episode available to download now, discussing the highlights of this week's Xbox Games Showcase

On the latest episode of The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast, James, Matt, Brendan, Rebekah and USGamer's Mike Williams reflect on the titles shown at this week's Xbox Games Showcase.

There was a diverse line-up of internally-developed titles, with the first look at Halo Infinite's gameplay and the long-awaited reveal of the Playground-developed Fable revival.

But the presentation did leave us with questions. After multiple instances of Xbox assuring that all title for Xbox Series X will run on Xbox One, the showcase announced several games that appear to be exclusive to the next-generation console (and PC, of course).

We delve into the possible reasons for the confusion in Xbox's communications, such as the practicalities of supporting a seven-year-old console while trying to sell the next one.

We also discuss the prominence of Game Pass throughout the presentation, and share our highlights from the line-up.

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Latest comments (2)

Jacob Williams Lead Proposal Specialist, cori informatique4 months ago
I agree that Microsoft has muddled its messaging, but I don't believe that they are being inconsistent. Most of the games shown won't be available for at least three years, well outside of the window for cross-gen titles. Of course, that leads to the other issue of first party exclusives not being available for three years...which is almost half of a generation. That must be why Microsoft showcased so many "launch exclusive" titles.
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Jeff Kleist Writer, Marketing, Licensing 4 months ago
I think people will find that the vast majority of titles people would consider “next gen” won’t be showing till next year at the earliest

And there’s nothing stopping them from issuing seperate Xbox One versions as is traditionally done

I will remind you of a potential loophole. If it streams via XCloud, it can play on Xbox One.
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