There are some pieces that are sold on both generations of consoles at the time of each console generation change, and the PS5 and Xbox Series X are no exception, with their debuts both landing on the PS4 and Xbox One. Some players may want to play new games on this generation of consoles, wait for next-generation consoles to supply and price stability, and then turn the game archive over. This problem needs to be studied.
Microsoft was questioned by the media about this issue, and the company representative introduced the benefits of smart Delivery functionality. Users who buy Xbox One games can get a free upgrade to the Xbox Series X version, and even more conveniently, the Smart Delivery feature makes it easy to archive between two generations of game versions.
It is known that Assassin’s Creed: The Temple of England, Call of Duty 17: Black Action – Cold War, Dust 5, Marvel’s Avengers Alliance, and Dragon 7 can all use this feature. However, the full list of games that support this feature has not yet been published. Although the manufacturers have not announced it, “Halo: Infinity,” “War Machine 5,” “No Man’s Land 3,” “Sebopunk 2077,” “Fate 2,” “Island Horror 6,” “The Watch dog: Legion,” “Oji and the Ghostbusters 2” and “Brain Voyager 2” are expected to support the archive conversion between Xbox One and Xbox Series X.
On PS5 consoles, the topic is more complex. Sony did not respond to a request for comment, nor did it disclose a similar system that could be archived between the PS4 and PS5, which is equivalent to Smart Delivery. At present, this problem can only be solved by the developers themselves to find a way, and really announced that there are not many developers with this plan.
So far, Marvel Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Call of Duty 17: Black Action – Cold War and Marvel’s Avengers Alliance are the only games known to support the transition from PS4 archive to PS5. But other developers have revealed their intention to support this through their own systems.
Ubisoft, for example, this year introduced plans to share cross-generational archives through Ubisoft accounts, and although they did not promote the system’s role on the PS5 platform, representatives of manufacturers have separately briefed the media on the matter. So Assassin’s Creed, Island Horror and The Watchman shouldn’t have to worry too much about it. Destiny 2 has a similar system that allows players to inherit archives to PS5 hosts, but Bungie doesn’t explain it to the media.
Finally, while Dust 5 and Dragon 7 will both support Smart Delivery features in Xbox Series X, both game developers have determined that they will not support archive conversion from PS4 to PS5.
Sony doesn’t seem to be too interested in the feature, which is somewhat inconsistent in the way the two major console makers are pursuing the issue in every way. And it’s hard to say whether Sony’s other big work has any plans for it, even first-party games like Horizon 2: Taboo West and The Big Adventure. However, if Microsoft continues to push ahead with smart Delivery capabilities, Sony should and will not want to see its consoles dwarf that.