In a blog post on Monday, Microsoft confirmed both physical and digital games will support Smart Delivery, including Game Pass titles.
While all first-party Xbox Game Studios titles will support Smart Delivery, third parties can choose whether to support it or not.
Microsoft provided several examples of how Smart Delivery will work in action:
If you own Gears 5 or are loving it via Xbox Game Pass now, you can play it today on Xbox One. Then, if you pick up an Xbox Series X this holiday, all it takes is a push of a button to download it and you’ll have the Optimized version of Gears 5 – available on day 1 at launch with the console – at your fingertips.
When Halo Infinite launches alongside Xbox Series X and Xbox One this holiday, you only have to buy the game once and you’ll get the best version for whichever console you own, or both. If you pick up Xbox Series X for your living room, Smart Delivery will recognize that and deliver you the Optimized version there. If you decide to move your existing Xbox One to a bedroom or the office, Smart Delivery will recognize that too and deliver that version when you’re playing on Xbox One.
Lastly, some new and existing Xbox One titles will be Optimizing their games after the Xbox Series X launches. For example, if you buy Cyberpunk 2077 when it launches on September 17, you’ll be set to explore Night City on Xbox One. If you pick up Xbox Series X at launch this holiday, you can play it there too in compatibility mode picking up exactly where you left off. Then, when CD PROJEKT RED delivers an Xbox Series X Optimized version of Cyberpunk 2077, you’ll automatically get upgraded once it’s available at no additional cost.
Xbox Smart Delivery games include
- Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
- Call of the Sea
- Cyberpunk 2077
- Destiny 2
- Dirt 5
- Gears 5
- Halo Infinite
- Metal: Hellslinger
- Scarlet Nexus
- Second Extinction
- The Ascent
- Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
- Yakuza: Like a Dragon
Xbox Series X is scheduled to launch during the 2020 holiday season. According to Microsoft, it already plays thousands of games thanks to its advanced backwards compatibility support, with older titles looking and playing “better than ever before”.