CD Projekt Red: “Gamers should never be forced to purchase the same game twice,” confirming that purchasing Cyberpunk 2077 for Xbox One or Xbox One X when it becomes available September 17, will get players the Xbox Series X version for free when next-gen consoles launch Holiday 2020.
Joining Xbox Game Studios in “Smart Delivery” providing a Buy Once, Own on Both Gens – Free Next Gen Upgrades in the form of 4K and 8K patches, game improving code, frame rate upgrades, bugfix patches, and more. This is even possible with physical discs purchased for Xbox One or Xbox One X, when popped into XSX.
Today we have been given further specifications of the next-gen Xbox Series X by Microsoft themselves. This news comes directly after a war on price has already begun between the two tech giants during which PS4 Pro is on sale (25% Off) and Xbox One X is on sale (40% Off) a skirmish which sets the tone for battle as Microsoft proves they are willing to eat more on hardware cost to gain monthly subscribers and heavy gamers who demand high specs.
To begin the revival of console wars, Xbox Series X ships with a 12 TFlop GPU by comparison to the rumored 9 TFlop GPU which PlayStation 5 houses. The cost to manufacture XSX is likely higher than that of the PS5 but their final retail price could both end up at $499 USD, the exact same price we predicted back in October, meaning PS4 can continue to be sold without too large of a price drop for a few years (long enough to surpass the PS2 as the highest selling console of all time).
However, this could also help Microsoft regain a lot of customers as they will be able to pitch the more powerful machine for the same cost, or even lower by gifting Xbox Game Pass, free games, controllers, and other bundles including even monthly financing payment options which Microsoft has utilized for Xbox One X.
After signing a new deal with Sony to host their PlayStation Now gaming service, which no one saw coming, Microsoft has revealed their popular Xbox Game Pass service is coming to PC. Not only that, but Microsoft’s PC games lineup will also be available on Steam. Of course, this is all part of Microsoft’s new multi-platform strategy. While the debate is still out about when xCloud will be ready, Game Pass is a great way for Microsoft to get their games downloadable on other platforms in the mean-time.
It is heavily expected by industry insiders that Game Pass and / or more Microsoft titles will be announced for Nintendo Switch at E3 2019. Greg Miller of Kinda Funny Games has even predicted Battletoads could be shown at Nintendo’s E3 2019 Press Conference by an on-stage Phil Spencer (which Microsoft owns due to their acquisition of Rare).