During today’s Xbox 20/20 event, Microsoft unveiled a list of third-party games available for the Xbox Series X. As part of these announcements, the company also confirmed that nine of these versions will support Smart Delivery for all Xbox platforms. This ensures that when you purchase one of these games for Xbox One, you get the updated version of the Xbox Series X at no additional cost.
Here is the list of third-party games that have supported Smart Delivery so far:
- Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla
- Call of the sea
- Dirt 5
- Scarlet nexus
- Second extinction
- The climb
- Vampire: The Masquerade ̵
- Yakuza: Like a dragon
In addition to these games, Microsoft has previously confirmed that every version of Xbox Game Studios from first-party vendors also uses Smart Delivery. This starts with Halo Infinite when Xbox Series X launches.
Third-party developers and publishers can choose Smart Delivery. But it seems that many are doing just that. CD Projekt Red has already announced that Cyberpunk 2077 will use this function.
This makes sense because it should encourage people with current generation systems to continue buying games. Smart Delivery gives these customers the certainty that their library will later be updated along with their hardware.
Let’s explain Xbox Smart Delivery as if you were 5 years old
I think some people still don’t understand exactly what smart delivery is. Is it cross buy, backward compatibility or something else?
The answer is that smart delivery is something else. Let’s break it down as simply as possible:
Ubisoft develops Assassins Creed: Valhalla for Xbox One and Xbox Series X. These are two different versions of the game. Smart Delivery ensures that when you purchase the Xbox One Assassins Creed game, when you upgrade to this device, you automatically receive the Xbox Series X version.
But isn’t that just backward compatibility? No.
Let’s imagine that smart delivery doesn’t exist. In this case, you can buy Assassins Creed for Xbox One and then play the Xbox One version on Xbox Series X with backward compatibility. Since Xbox One games run better on Xbox Series X, you would get some improvements. But this is Not Same as the improvements you would get from a game designed specifically for Xbox Series X.
Without Smart Delivery, you can still purchase Assassins Creed for Xbox One and then separately for Xbox Series X.
With Smart Delivery, buying the game for one system means that you are buying the game for the other system.
If you’re still confused, you’ll find everything you really need to know here: Smart Delivery ensures that you always have the best version of a game and save money at the same time.
Doesn’t Madden NFL 21 use Smart Delivery?
During today’s Xbox 20/20 event, Madden cover athlete and Super Bowl winner Patrick Mahomes kicked the fans out. The Kansas City Chiefs star said that people who buy Madden NFL 21 on Xbox One can get the game for free on Xbox Series X.
So that’s smart delivery, isn’t it? Not exactly.
EA offers its own separate upgrade path for Madden NFL 21. This has nothing to do with Smart Delivery. Instead, it’s much more limited.
To get a free upgrade to the next-gen version of Madden, you must purchase the game for Xbox One by December 31, 2020. You must then update the game by March 31, 2021.
While smart delivery is permanent and just works. EA’s upgrade path will be closed for you if you don’t upgrade to an Xbox Series X by March.
Correction: I originally said that Madden NFL 21 uses Smart Delivery. It doesn’t. I corrected that and added an explanation of how it is different.