“Gamers should never be forced to purchase the same game twice or pay for upgrades,” CD Projekt said. “Owners of #Cyberpunk2077 for Xbox One will receive the Xbox Series X upgrade for free when available.”
It then linked out to an announcement Microsoft made just this morning highlighting the company’s announcement of Smart Delivery. The new technology doubles down on the console manufacturer’s history of backwards compatibility by allowing fans access to “four generations” of games across all of its consoles.
“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,” Microsoft said. It committed to implementing the feature for all of its own Xbox Game Studios titles, and opened up the opportunity to participate to other developers. CD Projekt is among the first to announce it will take part.
It’s notable that this is the first time that CD Projekt has announced a version of Cyberpunk 2077 for the Xbox Series X. What, if any, technical or performance improvements that version will feature is not yet known. Regardless, Microsoft says Smart Delivery will help ensure consumers always have access to the “best available version” regardless of what Microsoft console they choose to play on. Fans are already responding, with many thanking CD Projekt and Microsoft both for making their decision to opt in to the next console generation that much easier.
The new Xbox is due out this holiday. Pricing information has not yet been released.