Xbox Series X games like Starfield will use cloud streaming to work on Xbox One

Microsoft Flight Simulator screenshots

Microsoft Flight Simulator – the clouds will only look that good thanks to the cloud (pic: Microsoft)

Games like Starfield, Redfall, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2, and Microsoft Flight Simulator are coming to Xbox One, but only via the cloud.

The question of cross-generational games has become extremely confused over the last year or so. Microsoft originally claimed it would have no Xbox Series X exclusives for the first two years of the console’s life, while Sony countered that by implying that the majority of their new games would be PlayStation 5 exclusives. And yet now the position of both companies is almost exactly the opposite.

Although Microsoft has avoided being specific about its plans it seems as if upcoming games like Fable and Starfield are actually current gen exclusives, but they do have a plan to compensate for this: cloud streaming.

In a new Xbox Wire post Microsoft reveals that some first party games being released in 2022 (and so technically after the two year moratorium) will launch on Xbox One but only thanks to streaming.

As odd as that sounds it makes perfect sense given how important streaming is becoming to the future of Xbox, with Microsoft already starting to make its service available on smartphones, smart TVs, and browsers.

It’s also something Nintendo has already began to embrace, given the Switch can’t run most multiformat games, with Square Enix announcing a cloud version of Guardians Of The Galaxy for Switch during E3.

The first example for Xbox is Microsoft Flight Simulator, which was originally also scheduled for Xbox One but at E3 was suddenly listed as an Xbox Series X/S exclusive.

Microsoft Flight Simulator will launch next month on Xbox Series X but other games that are further out, but which will only be on Xbox One via streaming, include Starfield, Arkane Studios’ Redfall, and S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2.

‘You’ll see many games this holiday, including Forza Horizon 5, which will boast DirectX Raytracing on both Xbox Series X and S, and Battlefield 2042, which will run at 60fps while supporting 128 players on Xbox Series X/S’, reads the Xbox Wire post.

‘Some games launching next year from our first party studios and partners, such as Starfield, Redfall, and S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 require the speed, performance, and technology of Xbox Series X/S.

‘We’re excited to see developers realise their visions in ways that only next gen hardware will allow them to do. For the millions of people who play on Xbox One consoles today, we are looking forward to sharing more about how we will bring many of these next gen games, such as Microsoft Flight Simulator, to your console through Xbox Cloud Gaming, just like we do with mobile devices, tablets, and browsers.’


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