Microsoft won't release Xbox Series X exclusive games for the first few years

Written by Jon Sutton on Fri, Jan 10, 2020 4:24 PM

It appears as if Microsoft could be going with the brave move of launching the Xbox Series X with no launch exclusive games whatsoever. Matt Booty, head of Xbox Game Studios, has said the plan is for first-party games to run across the entire family of Xbox devices.

That means, for the next few years at least, that Xbox Series X titles will also all be playable on older Xbox One devices. 

“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,” Booty said to MCV. “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.”

Rewind a few generations and there was a hard split between the generations. PlayStation 2 launch games were much exclusive to the console, for example, and the PSone was swiftly turfed out. Since then the lines have blurred somewhat though, with the jump from PS3 to PS4and Xbox 360 to Xbox One taking a couple of years with cross-gen releases for multiplatform titles. Crucially though, both Sony and Microsoft’s first-party titles were universally exclusive to the new consoles. After all, they both needed a definitive reason for us to upgrade.

This is all changing right here though. Microsoft isn’t even thinking about first-party exclusive games at launch, relying entirely on the hardware improvements to sell the console. This ensures no one’s left behind in the short term and it also lessens the pressure on third-party publishers to push Xbox Series X exclusive titles for a tiny install base.

It’s an intriguing proposition but a risky one. Exclusive games tend to be the driver of console sales and without them Microsoft is relying entirely on the narrative regarding better performance to shift consoles off store shelves. I’m not entirely convinced that messaging is going to work well beyond the die-hard early adopters. If Halo Infinite is perfectly playable on an Xbox One S is it really worth the average gamer spending $500 for a visual upgrade? Tough to say.

“Our approach is to pick one or two IP that we’re going to focus on and make sure that they’re there at the launch of the console, taking advantage of all the features,” continued Booty. 

“And for us that’s going to be Halo Infinite, which is a big opportunity. It’s the first time in over 15 years that we’ll have a Halo title launching in sync with a new console. And that team is definitely going to be doing things to take advantage of [Series X].”

What it does mean is that all first-party titles, for the first few years at least, are going to be hamstrung by the capabilities of the lowest common denominator - 2013’s original Xbox One. That could prove limiting in terms of genuinely original gameplay ideas.

But, the upshot is Microsoft doesn’t just abandon a huge install base in one fell swoop. There are 50 million Xbox One gamers and this ensures they can all play Microsoft’s upcoming games.

What are your thoughts on this one then, do you think this is the right move from Microsoft? Or should it cut the Xbox One family off to focus entirely on next-gen titles? Let us know why below!

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15:38 Jan-11-2020

If they add Keyboard and Mouse support, let it run basic windows, you might actually get a really cheap 12 tflop gaming PC. That alone might infact force Nvidia to bring prices down.

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06:18 Jan-13-2020

Would love for this to happen but if it does then many will load up Steam Origin Uplay GOG Epic and Microsoft store gets pushed aside that or they let us run Windows 10 S on it but then as far as I know third party applications cant be load

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06:20 Jan-13-2020

loaded on to it. but yeah if this happens Microsoft might not just Get Xbox Users to convert immediatly but also budget Pc Gamers and many laptop owners Heck i would halt all my Pc upgrades depending on the Console cost

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15:33 Jan-11-2020

Hmm should I buy a XboxSX or play the games on my PC and get a PS5 instead... no brainer. As if more people wouldn't have purchased the PS5 anyway, considering the proven quality for SP games delivered by their first party devs.

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10:42 Jan-11-2020

In order to push forward you just got to leave the old generation behind relatively quick. If they keep developing for both, old and new, Microsofts titles will not be able to compete with sony's exclusives on a technical level for sure.

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01:44 Jan-11-2020

Its like they saw how successful ps4 exclusives where and went lets do the exact opposite. Why do people buy consoles...because the games are there and the console with the best ones will sell best(if everything else is equal) Not hating on pc just timed exclusives that come to pc would be nice from ps5.

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01:10 Jan-11-2020

Kind of yes and no, I do like MS play anywhere thing they got going. But having some games to fully utilize new XB would be very beneficial, even if it would cut out users of XB One, simply because if you have to make game to work on previous generation, you can't really fully use increased power in any of base systems, since it has to done in a way which allows you to disable it fro older gen.

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01:14 Jan-11-2020

So you boil new possibilities down to gimmicks, similar as we saw with PhysX, where it couldn't be part of gameplay, because it had to have no PhysiX option. And it would be shame if they wouldn't do it. And still, it doesn't have to come at expense of XB One users getting completely cut off. Plus it still would be easily playable on PC anyway.

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19:24 Jan-10-2020

It's not gonna be exclusive because all those games will come to PC.

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19:40 Jan-10-2020

So, no reason to upgrade (if you have) from the xbone to a xbx as you could just play it all on your pc (if you have a good pc) or if the games are also released on the xbone

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19:42 Jan-10-2020

Yeah. But if you're PC isn't that good and you don't have an Xbone. Get the Xbox SeX

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17:06 Jan-11-2020

Why do that if you can just buy a ps5? that way you also get the ps exlusives. Seems like the new xBox is simply useless.

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20:03 Jan-11-2020

Why buy a PS5 if you can get a good PC?


Seems like the PS5 won't be as good as PC.


No but for real, you're narrow minded. The games that are gonna be released for the Xbox Series X is gonna be cross gen titles with Xbox one. Same with the PS5 games. Some of them are gonna be cross gen with the Ps4.

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21:10 Jan-11-2020

You said it yourself "But if you're PC isn't that good and you don't have an Xbone. Get the Xbox SeX". If your pc isnt good enough and you cant afor a good pc, you can either buy the new xbox or the new ps5. now why the hell would you buy the xbox if you get the same games on ps5 + a few really good exclusives?

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23:30 Jan-11-2020

There are gonna more games that are Microsoft exclusive.

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11:33 Jan-12-2020

Press X to doubt.

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18:45 Jan-10-2020

It sounds like there will still be XBox exclusives it's just that if you have a XBox One instead of X Series you will have a downgraded version. This is no different than on PC where you have Low-end, Mid-Range and Enthusiast versions of the same game depending on your settings. It's Microsoft's version of offering you the opportunity to buy a 2060 or 2080Ti.

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18:48 Jan-10-2020

It should also mean that developers can create games that can sell multiple versions and so not lose out on sales by only being available on the new generation.

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18:54 Jan-10-2020

Does that mean it'll be easier for devs to make PC ports with multiple settings?

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10:31 Jan-11-2020

well next gen development should anyway be much easier as next gen consoles are pretty much a Custom PC now!! so yeah if you simply add Keyboard Mouse support to these consoles many people who have a pc only for gaming might possibly consid

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10:36 Jan-11-2020

consider getting one of the next gen consoles only downside you lose your steam epic and other older games you already own. and in game graphic settings at times i dont mind 30fps with graphics maxed, rest of the times rock solid 60 the end

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18:37 Jan-10-2020

That is, from a business POV, a gloriously stupid idea. One of the major reasons people decide for one console over another, is the lineup of exclusives... as loathsome a thing as exclusives are, for a console, they are very much a necessity.

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18:28 Jan-10-2020

Unless it's Nintendo, consoles are always dead on arrival to me. Unless it was Nintendo, I had no interest in it. This includes all of the PS consoles.

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18:21 Jan-10-2020

Talk about Dead On Arrival...


Exclusives make or break consoles, when will microsoft learn? They are the reason the PS2 dominated, the reason the PS3 came back from the dead and actually beat out the xbox 360 and the REAL reason the xbox one failed...

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16:48 Jan-10-2020

Then what's the point of making a new gen console? PS5 is gonna crush the new XBOX.

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16:58 Jan-10-2020

newer tech, more powerful hardware, better graphics obviously ?
also, no 720p 30fps or 900p 30 fps gameplay ?

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17:02 Jan-10-2020

There's an appeal to that for sure but I don't think that's how you win over a critical mass of console gamers - it's all about giving them games they can't experience on what they currently have, imo. The average console gamer doesn't really care much about resolution and frame rate beyond 'does it play alright?' which is why the PS4 Slim for example is outselling the PS4 Pro 5 to 1.


I could be completely wrong though, we'll see

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17:41 Jan-10-2020

I should clarify my earlier comment completely missed the point about buying a newer XBOX over a newer PS5. I was talking generally about last gen consoles vs current gen. But now that I think about that other point, I'm not sure - I guess we don't know all the details about the hardware in XBOX and PS5, other than they're almost identical.


Their exclusives are probably not ready yet, and might need more time, which may be why they won't be launching with them. But isn't Halo Infinite supposed to be an exclusive ?

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