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Update #3: More confusing information has emerged out of interviews after the reveal event. Kotaku spoke with corporate vice president Phil Harrison, who told the site that users will be able to trade games online. He also indicated that the rumored "used game fee" would be equivalent to the full retail price of the game. Additionally, Microsoft seems to be emphasizing the ability to take your games to a friends' house, while stressing that you'll need to be logged into your own account to access your games.
Update #2: Microsoft has provided comment on the used game situation.
"We are designing Xbox One to enable customers to trade in and resell games. We’ll have more details to share later."
Update #1: Microsoft reached out to Wired, which has since updated its original piece. According to the recent information, Microsoft has a plan for used games, but it isn't ready to reveal it quite yet.
In an interview with Wired, Microsoft has revealed some much anticipated details about the Xbox One. These tidbits go beyond what we heard at the press conference today, but are in many ways more important to how consumers will interact with the system.
The interview goes into great detail about how users will access game content. Xbox One owners will be required to install games to the 500 GB hard drive, but will not need the disc after that. If a second user wants to access the game (or purchase it second-hand), he or she will need to pay a fee. This is the "other shoe" that many were concerned about dropping when EA announced that it was abandoning the online pass practice.
With regard to an always-online console, the Xbox One will be able to play games offline, but developers will be able to utilize Microsoft's cloud computing, thereby making individual titles require an active, constant connection. Developers have the option of whether to make a connection mandatory, but according to the article, corporate vice president Marc Whitten hopes that they do.
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Well, good by Xbox guess its time to make my peace with that *** playstation controller.
Yeah... that's not cool at all. Looks like it'll be PS4 at launch then a wait and see for Xbox One. Unless Sony pulls the same crap, then screw them both.
What if you share an Xbox with someone but they have a separate profile, do they still have to pay a fee to play the game you both share.
And I'd bet that fee will go entirely to Micro$oft. At least online pass fees went to the dev/publishers.
Well then, Sony won.
what? so if i lend my brother the game he can't play it ?
Sounds like you will have to register all the games online with Microsoft when you install them. I wonder if they will block games from being playable if you don't. This would really hurt if they have network problems on a big release day.
yeah im going with the ps4 i was thinking about giving Microsoft another chance and buying the next xbox but after hearing that they are charging gamers to play used games no way
I wonder how fast of an internet speed one would need for always online games or other content because where I live the fastest internet speed we can get for a reasonable price is 350kb. I'm not excited for this console though it's ambitions are intriguing.
Well it said you can play the games without the disk so I imagine it would be like 5$ less than a new game. Also, if you have to register the game to play, you will need an internet connection. And that 500 GB HDD will be gone fairly fast if you have to install the games.
Yeaaaah, nah. I don't think I'll be grabbing this then. I already am invested in PC and am really starting to dig the PS4.
To me, this kind of seems like every game will have a mandatory process similar to an "online pass". I doubt Gamestop or the like would lower their prices on used Xbox One games since all used titles would automatically come with a second hand fee.
I just... I dunno. All the stuff that it comes with that isn't about gaming (Skype, NFL, etc etc etc) is stuff that won't sell gamers alone, and the non-gamers most likely already have a PC or something similar like a tablet. Just my two cents.
wonder how big the fee will be.....