17 January 2020
As days are passing by, Microsoft is revealing more and more details about its next-gen Xbox gaming console codenamed Scarlett. The newest bit of information is that Xbox Scarlett will support Xbox Play Anywhere for the cross-generation gaming experience. It was revealed by Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, in a conversation with Stevivor on the sidelines of the X019 event in London.
Xbox Play Anywhere is a Microsoft feature that allows Xbox gamers to purchase select Xbox titles and play them on their Windows 10 PCs. It not only syncs your game progress but also all the unlocked add-ons and achievements. The last part is what makes it unique as cross-platform syncing is available elsewhere too but they don't sync your unlocked achievements.
With Xbox Scarlett support, gamers will be able to continue playing their Xbox One titles with synced achievements on the upcoming gaming console as well. It goes without saying that the support will work only with select gaming titles but we can expect major ones to be included. It is speculated that Halo Infinite could be the first supported title followed by Gears 5 and Sea of Thieves.
“That’s our goal. 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.”
He further admitted that not offering a smooth transition experience during the previous generation was a misstep from their end. The lack of backward compatibility for Xbox 360 on Xbox One led to many unhappy gamers but it is good to see that Microsoft is taking the right step for the future.
Here is what Spencer had to say about the situation:
“[Xbox] 360 to One shouldn’t have been [two self-contained silos] either. We talked about how important digital was going to be this generation, and yet we didn’t move the digital purchases that you’d made on 360 seamlessly over to Xbox One. I always thought that was a miss.”
The Xbox Scarlett is speculated to be a very powerful gaming console with features like 8K graphics, 120fps support, SSD storage, and ray-tracing support. These features are similar to what Sony has revealed for its own next-gen console PlayStation 5 confirmed to arrive in Holiday 2020. There is no doubt that 2020 is set to be a big year for all console gamers around the world.