Xbox Smart Delivery: What it is and what games are compatible
Inventory is scarce, but the Xbox Series X and Series S consoles can upgrade games you've already bought for the Xbox One to play better on your new hardware.
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With the next-gen console's faster loading times, backward compatibility and Quick Resume, it's no surprise that they're flying off the shelves. In addition, Microsoft's new consoles come with Smart Delivery, a feature that gives you the latest version of a game you've already bought for your new console, and also ensures that you won't lose progress in your game when moving between console generations.
Here's everything you need to know about Xbox Smart Delivery, and how it will work on your console.
Smart Delivery lets you buy a game for the Xbox One, with a Series X or S copy automatically included. If you upgrade your console later, Microsoft feeds the console the appropriate version of the game. Smart Delivery essentially means that you'll always be playing the latest, best-quality version of the game, and you only have to buy it once. The feature might seem old hat to PC gamers who've long been able to play remastered versions of games automatically patched in via Steam.
To use Smart Delivery, you'll need the new Xbox Series X or S console, and the game must be compatible.
Xbox Smart Delivery is also compatible with Xbox Game Pass games, like
, as well. Game Pass is Microsoft's $10-a-month game subscription service that unlocks access to over 100 games. Microsoft often has sales and specials on the Game Pass as well.