Microsoft Project Scarlett has been a hot topic of discussion among gaming enthusiasts ever since its announcement during E3 2019 back in June. Microsoft announced that Xbox Scarlett will launch holiday 2020 alongside Halo Infinite. Sony’s Play Station 5 release date has also been set for Holiday 2020.
Currently, Xbox Play Anywhere digital titles enables owners to play them on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, with saves and achievements transferred between the two platforms. But recently Xbox head Phil Spencer revealed at last week’s X019 fan event that Microsoft intends for the Scarlett to support the Xbox Play Anywhere, offering an easy way into the new console generation.
He said, “Our goal for our first-party games is that your entitlements will be cross-generation and your Achievements will move effectively with your save game because that’s where they stand.”
Previous Xbox, the Xbox One, did not support the cross-platform feature. Spencer said “We talked about how important digital was going to be this generation, and yet we didn’t move the digital purchases that you’d made on 360 seamlessly over to Xbox One. I always thought that was a miss.”
Spencer said Microsoft hopes to make the transition from this generation to the next a smoother experience than it was moving from Xbox 360 to Xbox One. He hopes that third parties developers will also work so that their games support Xbox play anywhere. We think it’s a good thing that third-party games allow more players to play their games but it’s relationships with their parties. They own their content,” he said. “Just like some third-parties are in Game Pass and some are not and that’s their choice.”