There's Good News And Bad News About Pinball FX2 For The Xbox One

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The good news — the world's premiere digital pinball platform is coming to the Xbox One on July 31. The bad news — players will have to repurchase all of the Pinball FX2 tables they've already bought for the Xbox 360.

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The PlayStation 4 version of Pinball FX2, the pinball platform that features both original tables and some amazing licensed offerings from Star Wars, Marvel Comics and more, received a major update yesterday, adding a bunch of classic and Marvel tables. Thanks to PSN cross-buy support, folks who'd already grabbed the tables on their PlayStation 3 can download them for free on the PlayStation 4.

Not so on the Xbox One. Unfortunately, pinball fans who have invested in tables for the Xbox 360 version of the game can't simply import them into the new console — they have to repurchase them. As one concerned reader pointed out, we're talking upwards of $100 worth of tables.

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I reached out to developer Zen Studios and received the following statement for the company's Steven Hopper.

"Unfortunately, table imports were not possible between the Xbox 360 and Xbox One versions of Pinball FX2 due to technical limitations and platform differences. If the platform would allow us to support such a feature (as on PlayStation and its integrated cross-buy support) then we absolutely would offer it to our fans as we have in the past. However, it simply wasn't an option available to us in this version."

That's quite sad. I own a ton of tables for the Xbox 360 version of the game, and soon they'll be gone. Meanwhile I'm playing the PlayStation 4 version and really missing some of my old favorites.

Anyway, Pinball FX2 comes out on July 31 for the Xbox One, with the Sorceror Lair table included for free.

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Hmmm, it's great that Sony has a cross buy program, but I don't think it's viable for Microsoft to follow suit. Without a handheld console, Microsoft sees no reason to have a cross buy program. They're going to abandon 360 soon and focus on one console, unlike Sony who has to support Vita.

It's crazy to what extend the cross buy program benefit Playstation gamers with PS Plus. Take last month's instant game collection for example. It officially includes only 5 games, Sly Cooper and Mutant Mudds for PS3, Pixeljunk Shooter and Trine 2 for PS4, and Terraria for Vita. However, both Sly and Mutant Mudds are cross buy for PS3 and Vita, and Pixeljunk Shooter is cross buy for all three platforms. So you're actually getting 9 games if you count all the platforms.