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Xbox Tells Developers That Next-Gen Upgrades Should be Free - Report

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According to a report, Xbox has told developers they're not to charge consumers for upgrading current-gen Xbox One games to next-gen Xbox Series X versions via paid DLC. For Xbox Series X, Microsoft will offer free current to next-gen game upgrades via Smart Delivery, as will any developers choosing to adopt the scheme.

Sources with knowledge of the platform-holder's next-gen upgrade policy have divulged that devs and publishers working on games set for both current and next-gen consoles have been encouraged by Microsoft to offer Xbox Series X upgrades at no additional cost, either with Smart Delivery or via their own scheme. Indeed, EA has implemented its own 'EA Dual Entitlement' initiative that will offer the likes of Madden NFL 21 on Xbox Series X as a free upgrade for anyone who owns the Xbox One version (until Madden NFL 22 releases).

The report also states that developers and publishers choosing not to offer Smart Delivery upgrades can still give owners of Xbox One versions a discount on the Xbox Series X version when purchased via the Microsoft Store. Choosing not to adopt Microsoft's recommended policy for current to next-gen upgrades will still have a range of options for selling their games across both platforms, such as digital or disc-based 'cross-gen bundles'.

One such publisher adopting its own twist on the next-gen upgrade scheme is 2K with NBA 2K21, which will offer a standard next-gen copy of the game when purchasing the NBA 2K21 Mamba Forever Edition on a current-gen platform for $99.99/£84.99. We may see other publishers offering similar upgrades, or their own version of a current to next-gen upgrade.

"Developers and publishers ultimately decide how they deliver their games, and we work with them to provide the best possible experience based on their needs," Microsoft told VGC in a statement. Confirmed Smart Delivery titles for Xbox Series X so far include Halo Infinite, Cyberpunk 2077, Gears 5, Destiny 2, FIFA 21, Assassin's Creed Valhalla, and more. Xbox Series X launches in holiday 2020.


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