The Xbox Series X is shaping up to be a powerhouse system when it launches this holiday season, but Microsoft is taking a very different approach than Sony is regarding game exclusivity and the concept of console generations. If you want to stick with your Xbox One for now, you can, and you’ll be able to take past generations of games with you to the new console.
In a tweet on May 29, Xbox games marketing GM Aaron Greenberg stressed that “generations of games” will play on the latest hardware and that it would offer value and choice that we haven’t seen from a console launch before. Because next-generation upgrades for Xbox Game Studios titles are free, you’ll be able to get them later if you can’t get the Xbox Series X immediately.
Xbox believes in generations. Generations of games that play on latest HW taking advantage of next-gen innovation offering more choice, value & variety than any console launch ever. All our Studios titles launch into Game Pass & you get those next-gen game upgrades for free.
— Aaron Greenberg 🙅🏼♂️❎ (@aarongreenberg) May 29, 2020
Microsoft is supporting the games currently playable on Xbox One for Xbox Series X, including not only Xbox One games but Xbox 360 and original Xbox games. This lineup will likely not contain every game for the older systems, as some of them aren’t backward compatible on Xbox One today, but it should ensure you don’t need to also keep an Xbox One system plugged in if you need the space.