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Xbox Series X Aren’t Held Back by Cross-Gen Development

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Microsoft Studios developers are creating games that will work on both the Xbox One and the upcoming Xbox Series X consoles, however this won’t stop next-generation games from their potential success.

Xbox boss Phil Spector dismissed the idea that games will be “held back” by Microsoft’s development studios’ efforts to create games that are cross-gen between the two consoles.

Spector when on to make the analogy to PC game, saying that you have games that are powerful with the “highest fidelity” which will also “work across a set of hardware.”

“Frankly, held back is a meme that gets created by people who are too caught up in device competition,” Spencer said, during an interview with Gi.biz.

“I just look at Windows. It’s almost certain if the developer is building a Windows version of their game, then the most powerful and highest fidelity version is the PC version. You can even see that with some of our first-party console games going to PC, even from our competitors, that the richest version is the PC version. Yet the PC ecosystem is the most diverse when it comes to hardware, when you think about the CPUs and GPUs from years ago that are there.

“Yes, every developer is going to find a line and say that this is the hardware that I am going to support, but the diversity of hardware choice in PC has not held back the highest fidelity PC games on the market. The highest fidelity PC games rival anything that anybody has ever seen in video games. So this idea that developers don’t know how to build games, or game engines, or ecosystems, that work across a set of hardware… there’s a proof point in PC that shows that’s not the case.”

Spencer also pointed out, when discussing next-gen consoles, that better load times, fidelity, frame-rate, and input latency should be celebrated, but added that you cannot “exclude people from being able to play.”

Spencer said that Microsoft wants it’s customers to play it’s games on any device they wants, adding that players are at the center of the company’s strategy because gaming is “bigger than one device.”

“Our device is not the center of our strategy, our game is not the center of the strategy,” Spencer said. “We want to enable you to play the games you want to play with the friends you want to play with, on any device. On TV, the Xbox console is going to be the best way to play console games. Xbox Series X is the most powerful console out there and it will have absolutely the best versions of our console games. But that’s not to exclude other people from being able to play.

“Gaming is about entertainment and community and diversion and learning new stories and new perspectives, and I find it completely counter to what gaming is about to say that part of that is to lock people away from being able to experience those games” he added.

“Or to force someone to buy my specific device on the day that I want them to go buy it, in order to partake in what gaming is about.”

“Gaming is bigger than any one device, and that is something as an industry that we’ve embraced all up as we bring more and more players in. I think it’s vital to the role that gaming can play on the planet.”

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Playstation Showcase Coming Next Week

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Sony has officially announced a new Playstation showcase for next week and the even will take a look “into the future of PS5”.

The showcase will be held on Thursday, September 9th and it will be packed with updates from Playstation Studios, industry developers, and more as the company gears up for the upcoming holiday season.

The PlayStation Showcase begins at 1pm EST on YouTube and Twitch.

 

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PlayStation Plus Game Lineup for September Leaked

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With just a few days remaining in the month of August, many gamers are anticipating the new lineup of games that will be available via Playstation Plus during the month of September, and it appears that we have a glimpse into what’s in store.

According to Dealabs, there are three new games on the way, for free, for Playstation Plus members.

Those games are rumored to be ‘Overcooked All You Can Eat’, ‘Hitman 2’ and the multiplayer survival shooter ‘Predator: Hunting Grounds’.

While nothing has been officially announced, or confirmed, the rumored games could be heading your way later this week.

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Xbox Game Pass Not Coming to Competing Consoles

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Xbox boss Phil Spencer says that Xbox Game Pass will not be making it’s way to competing consoles, or consoles outside of the Microsoft brand.

Spencer says that competitive platforms aren’t “really interested” in having the “full Xbox experience on their hardware”, during  an interview with Game Star.

“The thing about other gaming console platforms is we’re not able to bring a full Xbox experience on those platforms,” Spencer said (h/t TweakTown).

“In places where we have, like mobile phones like we’re doing now with xCloud coming to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate” Spencer continued.

“What we’ve done with PC in bringing our full Xbox experience there. Because we know when somebody is playing one of our Xbox games there is an expectation that “I’ve got my Xbox LIVE community, I have my achievements, Game Pass is an option for me, my first-party library is completely there”.

“The other competitive platforms aren’t really that interested in having a full Xbox experience on their hardware. But for us, we want to be where gamers want to be and that’s the path that we’re on.”

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