Today Microsoft’s Xbox Division Head Phil Spencer went on one of his usual Twitter sprees, as he responded to several questions from the fans on various aspects of the Xbox business.
Spencer talked about the upcoming Xbox One X console, mentioning that the company is aware that it’s time to get pre-orders rolling, and there are “no issues” with that. They’re simply working through all the approvals.
He also mentioned that Microsoft plans to talk more about Xbox One X enhanced games later this summer. They’re aware that gamers will want to see the difference between games running on Xbox One and Xbox One X, so they’re going to make sure to find a good way to highlight that, and help people make a decision.
We also hear that a download should be expected to add Xbox One X support to games already shipped, but for new games it’ll be up to developers: they can opt to either put the assets on the disk or require a download.
Speaking of the summer, Spencer also mentioned that he won’t personally be at Gamescom this year due to a family commitment. That said, Microsoft will talk about its plans for the trade show in Cologne “soon.”
Another element we’ll hear more details about later in the summer is original Xbox backward compatibility, that was announced at E3 2017. For now we hear that most games won’t have widescreen support, as it’s not easy to change the frame buffer and aspect ratio of an already shipped game. The console will run the original code, so each game will support exactly the same features that used to be supported back on the original Xbox.
Achievement support would require to patch each game, and it won’t happen. There could be a possibility to give an achievement for “playing,” but Spencer doesn’t like that. That said, he mentioned that he has not given up on this yet, but he doesn’t have a workable solution for the moment.
It’s quite likely that most mentions of plans for the late summer indicate reveals at Gamescom, that will open in Cologne, Germany, on August 22nd, and close on August 26th. Of course, DualShockers will be there, ready to report on everything Microsoft will share.
If you want to see more about Xbox One X, you can check out a video showing the console as it gets assembled piece by piece, and a few screenshots of Final Fantasy XV running on Microsoft’s new machine.