Microsoft dropped huge news today about their next major console but CD Projekt RED also had some big news of their own.
Revealed today, Xbox Series X will run on 12 Teraflops, with a Custom RDNA 2 and Zen 2 Processor, Variable Rate Shading and Hardware Accelerated DirectX Raytracing.
The new console will also have an emphasis on speed, with a new Quick Resume feature for multiple games and up to 120 FPS support.
But perhaps the biggest story is compatibility and Microsoft revealing that you can play all four generations of Xbox games on Xbox Series X with the company also doubling down on Game Pass.
What’s more, you’ll always play the best version of the game dependent on the Xbox you’re using through the Smart Delivery service.
This service basically means you’ll only ever have to buy one version of a game and it’ll always be the best available. And that’s where CD Projekt RED come in.
With Cyberpunk 2077 getting delayed until later this year, bringing it ever closer to the launch of new gen hardware, many have suggested they’d rather wait to buy the next gen upgrade.
So following the major Xbox announcement, CD Projekt RED put out a tweet of their own, further solidifying that this isn’t just a feature for first party games.
Gamers should never be forced to purchase the same game twice or pay for upgrades. Owners of #Cyberpunk2077 for Xbox One will receive the Xbox Series X upgrade for free when available. https://t.co/nfkfFLj85w
— Cyberpunk 2077 (@CyberpunkGame) February 24, 2020
The tweet reads ‘Gamers should never be forced to purchase the same game twice or pay for upgrades. Owners of Cyberpunk2077 for Xbox One will receive the Xbox Series X upgrade for free when available.’
Basically, you can safely buy a copy of the game at launch and it’ll auto-update to a true next-gen experience whenever CPR decide to release a patch.
This seems a simple inclusion and no different from the PS4 Pro / Xbox One X patches for games people are already used to, but new gens are often seen as an opportunity to re-release games. At least for now, Cyberpunk 2077 won’t be one of them.
One also has to think that by getting a major game invested in this service early, others will almost be forced to follow suit.
Today’s announcement is big, make no mistake. We’ve got confirmation that the new Xbox console will be able to play thousands of games from day one and you don’t even need to buy a launch title. Hell, if you own GamePass, you’ll already have the biggest one in Halo Infinite.
We know PS5 will be backwards compatible with PS4 but what about previous generations as well? Reports are saying that it won’t and if that’s the case, that’s already a huge feather in Xbox’s cap.
But then, PS5 boasts the bigger first party line up and has also doubled down on VR. For now, there’s no signs Xbox is going that route at all despite this highly specced system being more than capable of running high quality VR.
The Series X is also an absolute beast and is going to take some beating in the power department. How close will PS5 get to those Xbox specs? Will they surpass them? The company is staying silent, at least for now.
One has to think a reaction is coming soon, though. Despite Sony pulling out of PAX and GDC, they’ve hinted news is imminent.
Xbox has been hoovering up the headlines since The Game Awards and are telling us to keep all eyes on E3. And frankly, getting CD Projekt Red to stand by them on this big reveal is a pretty big mic drop moment.
Phil Spencer and co have learned a lot from the mistakes of the Xbox One launch. Perhaps they’re ready to reclaim the title of market leaders.
(Source: Xbox Wire)