The buzz around the upcoming console generation is in full swing with the two big industry names setting up their strategies for the next few years. Recently, Sony has simply dominated the space with a fantastic lineup of first-party exclusives for the PS4. Their install base is massive and Microsoft has a lot of catching up to do. However, we’ve already seen a massive shift in how Microsoft wants to do things this time around. Not only have they brought in a huge number of development studios (to be able to rival Sony’s in-house game output), but in a relatively unique move, all upcoming games for the new Xbox will also be playable on their older consoles.
In an interview with MCV, head of Xbox Game Studios, Matt Booty explained:
As our content comes out over the next year, two years, all of our games, sort of like PC, will play up and down that family of devices. We want to make sure that if someone invests in Xbox between now and [Series X] that they feel that they made a good investment and that we’re committed to them with content.MCV Interview
Jason Schreier talking in the Kotaku Podcast, Splitscreen, already mentioned that unlike the Xbox, Sony’s upcoming PS5 will be going the more traditional route and have exclusive first-party games that will only be playable on the new console.
It’s a substantial difference in approach. Having exclusive games made specifically for a single console generation usually means a game can take the fullest advantage of all the technology that the new hardware provides. On the other hand, offering cross-generation options from the start is very pro-consumer and will likely make many fans happy. It will be interesting to see what kind of impact these two opposing strategies eventually have on sales. What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.