How to tell if you’re buying the right Xbox games this Christmas

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Sometimes buying games can be a minefield. Especially when you are between two generations of consoles. And with just subtle differences on the cases of physical games, it’s not even that easy for us.

There are now three different types of new physical Xbox games, covering compatibility with Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and those that can be played on both. Of course, you have to make sure you have the right one so that you don’t waste money on something that is unplayable. So here we are going to walk you through exactly what you are looking for on the front of physical gaming cases.

The difference between Xbox One and Xbox Series X games

Xbox Series X Games

This is the most obvious, so it helps in a way. Fortunately, the games that are alone Compatible with Xbox Series X games with only Xbox Series X written on it. So, if you’re buying for Xbox One, just do a quick double check at the top left of the box, and if you’re watching an Xbox Series X game, know that it won’t play on an Xbox One at all.

Xbox One Games

InkedXbox One LI

This is where it starts to get a little blurry, as the Xbox One games brand can look a bit confusing and very similar to the third type on this list.

Xbox One games can have Xbox One | Xbox Series X written on top. In this order. This means that this is an Xbox One game that will play on Xbox Series X due to backward compatibility. As such, you don’t have to worry that the game won’t play on both consoles like it will, but it will have standard quality graphics and gameplay on both.

What is smart delivery? Xbox One and Series X

What is Xbox Series X One Smart Shipping

If you’re looking for a game that will work on both Xbox One and Xbox Series X – you might be looking to upgrade in the future – and you want to make sure you’re getting the best possible version of the game for both consoles. , then “Smart delivery” is the key phrase to look for. Unlike Xbox One Backward Compatibility games, these are new games that were created with the X Series in mind, and Smart Delivery allows for the best crossover if you upgrade to the next-gen console on time.

While this option should say Smart Delivery on the box, the other benefit is that the compatibility will be listed as Xbox Series X first and then Xbox One, as opposed to the backward compatible version. You might also find that it says “Xbox Series X and Xbox One, content download required” instead.

The final clue is that you might find this version to be a bit more expensive, so if you see the same game grossed up around $ 5 / £ 5, that’s another clue that you are looking at a Smart Delivery game.

Xbox s series

Finally, there’s the Xbox Series S. Since it’s a digital-only console, of course you shouldn’t buy a physical game for the S-series. Instead, you can purchase download codes, or directly in the Microsoft store, and be sure to check the specifications that are suitable for the S-series.


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