I see no down side to this. This allows "launch" games to have bigger budgets as the install base is already there to buy the games. This means better games out the gate for those that do buy the new system at launch. You no longer have to run out and buy a new console at launch just to have the latest games. If you did just buy into say and Xbox One X you don't get left out in the cold. And best of all it gives them an incentive to make the Series X version the best it can be so that you have a reason to upgrade.
I recently finished Witcher 3 on Xbox One X. 4K HDR all that goodness. Yet, it could still look better on a high end PC. However, it can also be scaled down to be playable on a Nintendo Switch. If a game of that size and scope has that kind of range then I am not the least bit worried that Halo Infinite can do be scaled between generations.
Looking back at launch titles from past generations that weren't cross platform, how many of them would be in your top 100 games of all time list? Maybe a few? How many are in your top 5? Sticking to recent memory, the PS4 had Killzone and Knack at launch. They are fine games but we had just come off of The Last of Us on PS3. They don't hold a candle to that game. Instead, most people were playing cross platform games like Assassin's Creed, Battlefront, Cod, Destiny. Heck, even Titanfall was cross platform.
While, I hope Sony has some ace up it's sleeve for the launch of PS5. I just have my doubts it's going to be one of their best. If your goal is to get people to buy the new hardware right away then you have to have some big exclusives. (Or so they say) Sony might just have a great launch line up. But that hasn't really been the case historically. Sony is the market leader and people are going to want the new PlayStation regardless. However, Xbox has a new approach and is less worried about moving people into new hardware as quickly as they may have been in the past. Instead, they just want you tied to their services. As long as you are playing their games, regardless of where, they are happy to take your money. I think it's not only smart but also consumer friendly.
Last edited by stitch1; 01-16-2020 at 11:01 AM.