Xbox Series X Smart Delivery Explained: What is it, how does it work?
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Xbox Series X Smart Delivery Explained: What is it, how does it work?

Lloyd Coombes
15 June 2020

Xbox Series X details have begun to gather pace, and Smart Delivery looks like one of the more exciting additions. Here's all we know about it.

The Xbox Series X will arrive this year 'Holiday 2020' and thanks to Phil Spencer's recent blog post we have a better idea of what the console will offer when it launches.

Of course, there's still plenty we don't know, like how much the console will cost, and what games we'll be playing on it, but one aspect of Spencer's post has people excited – a feature called Smart Delivery.

 What is this new tech, and how will it affect gamers? Let's look.

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New Smart Delivery Blog Post

There's a new blog post that explains Smart Delivery in more detail. You can find it here.

Rainbow Six Siege Confirms Smart Delivery On PS5 And Xbox Series X

After already confirming that players will be able to join each other across console generations, Ubisoft has wowed us again, by confirming that even disc versions can come forward.

Creative director, Leroy Athanassoff, confirmed that existing PS4 and Xbox One Siege discs will work on PS5 and Xbox Series X.

When you do that, you’ll be able to download and play the game on the new consoles. 

What is Smart Delivery?

As per Phil Spencer's blog post:

"Smart Delivery: This technology empowers you to buy a game once and know that – whether you are playing it on Xbox One or Xbox Series X – you are getting the right version of that game on whatever Xbox you’re playing on."

"We’re making the commitment to use Smart Delivery on all our exclusive Xbox Game Studios titles, including Halo Infinite, ensuring you only have to purchase a title once in order to play the best available version for whichever Xbox console they choose to play on."

"This technology is available for all developers and publishers, and they can choose to use it for titles that will be released on Xbox One first and come to the Xbox Series X later."

That means that you'll be able to buy a game like Cyberpunk 2077 for your Xbox One, One S, or One X, and be able to download an enhanced version for your Xbox Series X.

It's essentially an extension of tech that the company introduced with the Xbox One X, where the console would automatically download the 4K versions of textures and the like, whereas other consoles would max out their downloads for HD versions.

That's all clever stuff, and with Xbox Game Pass you could theoretically never buy a game again. The next-generation console war is bound to be fascinating.

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