Speaking on Inside Xbox during the show, Spencer outlined the console’s vision for backwards compatibility.
If you’ve built up a substantial library of Xbox One titles over the past six years, all of them will carry over to the upcoming hardware presumably alongside cloud saves, achievements and all the other good stuff.
That’s wonderful news and means, even if you don’t purchase any games at launch, you’ll still have loads to play on your shiny new console. Here’s hoping the more powerful hardware adds a few extra bells and whistles.
Talking to Gamesindustry.biz, Spencer also confirmed that Scarlett will have a disc drive, and Microsoft still has no plans to abandon physical media.
“Yeah [physical discs are part of our future],” he says.”We know, because we see it, that more and more players are buying digital.”
“We think the experience in certain instances, specifically if I am away from my console and everything is on my hard-drive with the entitlements are all there, there are some scenarios that are easy. But we know that people still have discs.”
Project Scarlett will be a beast of a console – capable of 8K resolution support, ray-tracing, improved performance and full backwards compatibility for Xbox One, Xbox 360 and even original Xbox titles both physical and digital.
Microsoft has been curating an ecosystem for Xbox players across a variety of platforms for years now, and with the help of Phil Spencer, they’re taking all the steps necessary to make this a success.
However, its presence at E3 2019 was once again light on first-party offerings, although we imagine most studios are holding out until the dawn of new consoles next year. That’s when things will get really interesting.
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