Cyberpunk 2077 has been confirmed for Xbox Series X, and if you buy it after it launches this September on Xbox One, you'll get it for free on Xbox Series X when it launches at a later date. The news comes via the game's Twitter account which quoted today's reveal of the Xbox Series X specs and made its own exciting announcement.
Among the console's new features is something the Xbox team is calling Smart Delivery. Essentially, it promises an Xbox One game that is also brought to Xbox Series X can be played on both. In the case of Cyberpunk, this means players who pick up the game after its launch on September 17 will be able to play it on Xbox Series X for free when it finally hits that platform later.
Not only does this mean you can buy Cyberpunk once and essentially get two copies, it also confirms that Cyberpunk 2077 is coming to Xbox Series X in the first place. To date, neither Xbox nor CD Projekt had said the much-anticipated game would be on the way to next-gen systems and though we continue to wait for Sony to speak about the PS5 plans, it seems safe to assume this means Cyberpunk will arrive on PS5 as well.
It will be interesting to see if Sony matches Microsoft's Smart Delivery system with an initiative of its own. At the launch of the last generation, cross-gen games were sold for full price alongside their last-gen counterparts, and the best deal you could find was when retailers such as GameStop charged you $10 for the next-gen version when you bought the last-gen version. After taking a heap of criticism in its early years of the Xbox One life cycle, the Xbox team led by Phil Spencer has turned the conversation around through things like Game Pass and backward compatibility.
With obvious purpose, Microsoft is now positioning itself as the most consumer-friendly brand of the figurative console wars, leaving yet another question mark on Sony's doorstep at a time when it's already been uncomfortably quiet. Still, we'd expect Sony to offer similar cross-gen upgrades for free when (if?) they decide to show off the PS5.