Talking Point: Are Next-Gen Upgrades Worth Getting An Xbox Series X|S For?

A huge topic of conversation has centred around the lack of true next-gen games since the launch of Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5. With the pandemic, huge install bases on last-gen systems and the usual crossover period, it has felt particularly dry. But we’ve had something pretty consistent to substitute that with – next-gen upgrades. Some of our favourite games have received free enhancements to take advantage of the Xbox Series X|S hardware, but is it enough to persuade Xbox fans to upgrade this early?

Let’s look at the facts. There are hundreds of games now optimised for Xbox Series X|S, the majority of which are eligible for Smart Delivery. With this comes faster load times, higher resolutions and increased frame rates. For the most part, the majority of these are free of charge and are as simple as booting up your console and installing a patch. It’s something new for this generation, as previous eras have encouraged a wave of remasters.

While we still get those, they’re nowhere near as predominant as they were thanks to Smart Delivery. It feels like every week a new game we own is getting a lovely boost and injecting a new bit of life into our titles. Just recently DOOM Eternal had some ray tracing and FPS increases, while A Plague Tale: Innocence is set to receive a next-gen upgrade this week. What’s even better is that both of these games are also included with Xbox Game Pass.

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