Phil Spencer on Cross-Gen Releases: Xbox Going to Take it on a Case by Case Basis

Phil Spencer on Cross-Gen Releases: Xbox Going to Take it on a Case by Case Basis - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 16 October 2020 / 857 Views

In past console generations, there is usually a clean break from one generation to the next, however, this coming generation is different. Several key titles for the Xbox Series X and S, and PlayStation 5 will also be coming out on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. 

Some titles getting a cross-generation release includes the Xbox game Halo Infinite, and PlayStation games Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and Horizon Forbidden West.

Head of Xbox Phil Spencer in an interview with Kotaku said Xbox will decide on a "case by case basis" on what game will be cross-generation and what game will be exclusive to the next-generation consoles. 

"I think we’re going to take it on a case by case basis," Spencer said. "When we talk about a couple of years, it’s just when we look at the roadmap of games and the things that we’re building, that’s what we see. And so we’re just trying to be transparent with people about the roadmap of games that would be coming for last gen."

Phil Spencer on Cross-Gen Releases: Xbox Going to Take it on a Case by Case Basis

Upcoming releases from Microsoft - EverwildState of Decay 3Fable, Forza Motorsport, and Avowed - are listed for the Xbox Series X and S, and PC, but not for the Xbox One. 

The Xbox Series X and Series S will launch worldwide on November 10.

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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GoldenHand80 (on 17 October 2020)

But wait until E3 2027 and we will show how we do case by case basis

Vendrom (on 16 October 2020)

I thought they would support Xbox One consoles for the first two years of Xbox Series consoles, by bringing all their first-party games there. Maybe they reconsidered it after the backlash of both companies with the cross-gen releases. Maybe there's something the Zenimax studios have for next year that couldn't be done on Xbox One. Either way, it's a right move not to be absolute on this.

Libara (on 16 October 2020)

Great articles, always enjoy reading WD ones. I wish he would post 1 every 5 minutes <3. They don't seem to be adopting cross-gen as much as I first thought which is nice. The quicker they move to next-gen only the less games will be held back by previous hardware.

Angelv577 (on 17 October 2020)

Another case by case situation. Phil once again with his politician statement.

chakkra (on 18 October 2020)

I mean, everything is a case by case situation, and it should be. Maybe Ryan should've used that phrase the first time he was asked about Cross-gen games.

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DonFerrari (on 16 October 2020)

Seems like a change of narrative.

AFattyGamer (on 17 October 2020)

Phil Spencer be flip floppin' in sandals.

KratosLives (on 16 October 2020)

i thought spiderman morales was a ps5 only exclusive ....

Cerebralbore101 (on 16 October 2020)

Cross gen releases really weaken the appeal of buying a new console. If I buy a new console, I want to play new games that can't be played anywhere else. Not slightly upgraded versions of games that are available elsewhere.

LivncA_Dis3 (on 18 October 2020)

ps4 can afford to do cross gen with that 100+ mill ps4's sold, while xbox should move forward and 4get about their past failures, it does hurt ps5 and xbox series x/s sale if demons souls becomes cross gen no reason to pick up ps5 then haha