According to a report from Video Games Chronicle, Microsoft has told developers that they can't charge players to upgrade their current-gen games to Xbox Series X versions as DLC.
The website says that publishing sources with knowledge of Microsoft‘s next-gen policies have revealed this information, explaining that it's encouraging companies to offer current and next-gen versions of their games at no extra cost, either with its Smart Delivery service or without.
However, this doesn't prevent developers and publishers from selling two-game ‘cross-gen bundles’ such as NBA 2K21's Mamba Forever Edition, or offering a discount for a second next-gen version of the game on the Microsoft Store.
In a statement to the website, Microsoft explained that "developers and publishers ultimately decide how they deliver their games, and we work with them to provide the best possible experience based on their needs.”
Furthermore, games that don't support Smart Delivery on Xbox Series X will reportedly be treated separately within the Xbox ecosystem, while Smart Delivery games will share a single SKU with the likes of game saves, achievements and additional Xbox Live elements all proving cross-gen compatible.
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