Xbox Series X games will not be held back by the Xbox One, Phil Spencer has confirmed – although it will feel ‘different’ to the Xbox One X
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Xbox Series X games will not be held back by the Xbox One, Phil Spencer has confirmed – although it will feel ‘different’ to the Xbox One X

Lloyd Coombes
10 July 2020

Games being held back is "a meme".

In an interview with GamesIndustry, Xbox boss Phil Spencer revealed he is playing cross-gen games on the Xbox Series X, adding: "I'm playing it every day at home, and it is different to playing on an Xbox One X."

Speaking about the idea of games being held back, Spencer called it: "a meme that gets created by people who are too caught up in device competition."

Phil Spencer Bullish On Series X Games Not Being "Held Back"

He cited the PC market as an example where games can be played and enjoyed across lower-powered hardware.

"I just look at Windows,” he said. “It's almost certain if the developer is building a Windows version of their game, then the most powerful and highest fidelity version is the PC version. You can even see that with some of our first-party console games going to PC, even from our competitors, that the richest version is the PC version. Yet the PC ecosystem is the most diverse when it comes to hardware when you think about the CPUs and GPUs from years ago that are there."

"Yes, every developer is going to find a line and say that this is the hardware that I am going to support, but the diversity of hardware choice in PC has not held back the highest-fidelity PC games on the market. The highest-fidelity PC games rival anything that anybody has ever seen in video games. So this idea that developers don't know how to build games, or game engines, or ecosystems, that work across a set of hardware... there's a proof point in PC that shows that's not the case."

The PS5 vs Xbox Series X debate has reached another level after both Sony and Microsoft revealed their new consoles to the public. With both machines showing off their hardware, peripherals and a selection of games, fans are eager to hear more.

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