Smart Delivery is the name Microsoft has given to a first- and third-party cross-buy and cross-save program between Xbox One and Xbox Series X. In short, it means that Xbox One games will be upgraded for free on the next-gen console.
Moreover, Microsoft has promised that Xbox One games will benefit from “steadier framerates, faster load times and improved resolution and visual fidelity,” without additional development work. As currently experienced with digital downloads between Xbox One and Xbox One X, Xbox One and Xbox Series X consoles downloading the appropriate assets for the console a game will be played upon.
First detailed on 25 February, Microsoft’s statement mirrors comments made to Stevivor by Phil Spencer back at London X019.
“Our goal for our first-party games is that your entitlements will be cross-generation and your Achievements will move effectively with your save game because that’s where they stand,” Spencer told us.
Moreover, since the February 2020 reveal, it’s been confirmed that third-party titles will also offer Smart Delivery capabilities. Confirmed third-party Smart Delivery titles include Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Call of the Sea, Chorus, DiRT 5, Madden NFL 21, Scarlet Nexus, Scorn, Second Extinction, The Ascent, The Medium, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 and Yakuza Like a Dragon. Moreover, Cyberpunk 2077 will support Smart Delivery, though a next-gen version of the game isn’t expected until 2021.
The Xbox Series X will be available in the holiday 2020 season.