One of the most prominent technologies of the recent gaming industry can be mentioned is Xbox’s Smart Delivery. These technologies with Backward compatibility are not the ones who will follow gamers in the future.
The difference between the two concepts
Although both are technologies that allow gamers to play console games in two different generations, both have a completely different way of doing things. Backward compatibility is a technology that allows you to replay older generation games on new platforms. Meanwhile, Smart Delivery allows you to extend your ownership to all of the following systems, meaning that you only need to buy the game once to enjoy it permanently on many different models (currently this is Microsoft’s name and Sony also has a similar feature but not published yet).
If you play a game that uses the Backward compatibility feature, the game will basically work much better than when playing on an older system. Images look sharper, game loading times are faster, and frame rates are much more stable. However, this is still an old game version, so it will not support the advanced features of the game, but only the game version for new systems can handle it.
Smart Delivery is completely different when you buy a game with Smart Delivery if you play on Xbox One X, it will have 4k graphics, 30fps. But if you play on the upcoming Xbox console, the game can be up to 8k, 60fps (this is the manufacturer specifications given but the wind is quite cool). That means you only need to buy once to own the game on any later system and avoid scenes like GTA V and Skyrim, each system comes out with a version that you have to buy and play again from the beginning.
Which games support those two features?
For backward compatibility, you only need to remove the disc or reload the game on the platform to enjoy your favorite game. But at Smart Delivery that game must be approved by the developer, meaning that if you meet the blood-sucking experts, you have to spend $ 60 more to be able to enjoy the next gen graphics of your favorite game.
Are both of them really free?
Similar to the above sentence, but here we still do not know how Microsoft will offset the losses of game publishers when gamers take advantage of the Smart Delivery feature to not pay more when upgrading the machine. Maybe they will incur a yearly service registration fee such as PS Now, Ps Plus, … to ensure the publisher will not be too disadvantaged when shaking hands with them, especially in the early stages of launching a new generation machines.
What technology will have a longer life?
If you keep track of news related to new technology, you can easily recognize that the Smart Delivery feature of the Xbox is just a marketing tactic so they can attract customers, while ensuring the sales of the games which is and will be released on XBox One during the time of technology transfered between the two generations of the machine (there were many good games but due to the launch in the time of transferring between the two systems, it had to die prematurely). As for Backward compatibility, everything is completely different no matter how many later generations of machines are released, there are still nostalgic gamers who want to enjoy the old games of the past and that’s when this feature radiates will be shining.
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