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‘Next-Gen Upgrades Should Be Free,’ Xbox Reportedly Tells Developers

The current console generation is winding down to make way for the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, but there’s still a number of big new games set to launch on current consoles.

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Some of the bigger games, like CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077, have already confirmed to be playable on next-gen, with a free upgrade available for those who buy it for their PlayStation 4 or Xbox One.

Along with this, Xbox has previously revealed its new Smart Delivery, which will see games bought for the Xbox One also come with a version for the Xbox Series X.

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Xbox has now commented on the situation, reportedly telling game developers that any next-gen upgrades should be given to players for free, and not sold or included in DLC. The news comes from VGC, who cites their own unnamed sources.

According to the publication, companies working on cross-gen games are being encouraged to offer “both current and next-gen versions at no additional cost, either via Smart Delivery or their own schemes such as EA’s Dual Entitlement.”

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The report also adds that developers who don’t support Smart Delivery have the option to sell a next-gen version at a discount through the Microsoft Store, or by offering “cross-gen bundles” which include two versions of the game.


When asked by the publication, a Microsoft spokesperson said that “developers and publishers ultimately decide how they deliver their games, and we work with them to provide the best possible experience based on their needs.”

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It’s not all too clear just what Sony’s plans are when it comes to the PlayStation 5, but it sounds as though Microsoft is taking the bull by the horns for the players with this one.

Are you looking forward to the next generation of console gaming with the Xbox Series X and PS5?


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