Halo Infinite is being touted as a game to show off the capabilities of Microsoft’s upcoming successor to the Xbox One, but that isn't the only platform the game is releasing on. The game will be released on the PC the same day as the console version and will also be playable on the Xbox One console. Halo franchise development director Frank O'Connor says that the game will 'play and look fantastic' on the Xbox One. We know that the base Xbox One is the least powerful of all four consoles this generation (Xbox One, Xbox One X, PS4 and the PS4 Pro). Despite this, first-party Xbox games like Forza and Gears of War look great even on the base machine. So, first-party developers do have the secret sauce to make the game look fantastic on the base Xbox One.
In a conversation with YouTuber Blackmist523, O'Connor said: "Obviously the special citizen [for Halo Infinite] will be Scarlett, and we've worked with that hardware team to make sure the game shows up amazingly on it... but it will [also] be for Xbox One and it will look incredible." He goes on to say, “The Xbox One is not going to be a second-class citizen. We're building it so it plays and looks fantastic on Xbox One, and then everything else is plus-plus-plus, but we've got a few tricks up our sleeves that we're thinking about."
It isn’t the first time we will see a game launch cross-gen, taking advantage of the new hardware powering the new console. We have seen games like Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, Metal Gear Solid V, GTA V, Thief and many more launch on the Xbox 360, PS3 and the Xbox One and PS4. This will help the publisher cash in on those that are on the current-gen and aren’t looking to be the first moving to newer hardware. From a business perspective, this will help the developer ship units and make money, considering the established base of the Xbox One console. Microsoft has stopped giving out official numbers of Xbox One consoles sold but the rough global estimate rests between 30-40 million Xbox One units shipped, including the One X. The PS4, on the other hand, has become the fastest-selling console to hit 100 million units sold.
Speaking of the next-gen, both Sony’s PS5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Scarlett are expected to hit store shelves in 2020. There has been some official information revealed regarding both the consoles. Both of them will run on the Ryzen Zen 2 CPU and a Navi GPU, boast of SSD storage. The consoles will also support Ray Tracing. Both consoles will be backwards compatible with the current console generation. You can check out our comparison between the Xbox Scarlet and the upcoming PS5 here.
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