Microsoft has released an expanded explanation of their Smart Delivery program which clarifies exactly how this new initiative will let you carry certain games between generations.
“One of the most exciting of the technologies we’re introducing with Xbox Series X is Smart Delivery, which will ensure that you always play the best version of the games you own for your console, across generations,” explains the Xbox blog post. “This technology is available for all developers, and all Xbox Game Studios titles that are Optimized for Xbox Series X, including Halo Infinite, will support Smart Delivery.”
The blog post also confirms that Smart Delivery will apply to both physical and digital editions of games included as part of this new initiative. In other words, if you own a Smart Delivery game for Xbox One or Xbox Series X, you’ll be able to play the same copy on either platform regardless of the format you own it in.
What’s even more interesting, though, is that Microsoft has now confirmed that there are indeed enhanced versions of Smart Delivery games available for Xbox Series X. That means that some Smart Delivery games purchased for Xbox One will automatically be “upgraded” to the Xbox Series X version of that title if an enhanced version of that game is available for that platform.