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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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I'm pretty sure EA just dropped that same policy because gamers HATED it. Why are you pulling a "Nintendo" Microsoft? You have doomed your console.
Bullcrap. So they just shot the used game market in the head. Games will take up more space because of their complexity and the fact that blu-ray discs have more space, so you can say bye to those 500 gigs after buying a couple games and dlc. If you have to pay a fee, doesn't that mean you must be connected to the internet so you can pay the fee and unlock your disc? So yeah. Unless you change this, you basically just just killed yourself and the used game market.
....yeah this is going to bite microsoft in the long run. the online pass was already an awful idea in the first place, now in order to play a used game, you have to pay a fee? im sorry, but the only thing microsoft has going for them is probably the annual call of duty and what little is left of gears of war and halo. let alone having to pay just to play online.
I see a bright future for the PS4 and Wii U now.
Yea, I'll be purchasing a PS4 for my main console. We shouldn't have to be online to play a game, we should be able to borrow a friend's game without paying fee's, and why do we have to install the game on the Harddrive. What happens will the small 500GB drive is full, im sure will have to buy some sort of proprietary piece of crap HDD to expand our space.
Wow. A fee? Geez. i wonder how GameStop will react to this.....
Oh really now? XBOX CAN KEEP THERE CONSOLE , i rather burn mines to the ground than having to pay extra to play a USED GAME!!!!!!
I read this and was upset, then I thought about the structure of the used game markets like Gamestop and others. Since I dont need a disc to play the games and you know they are going to charge to play a used game (Microsoft). How much can you make off of the data from one used disc. Gamestop already has the power card (similar to a library card) and you charge less because that one disc could net multiple downloads as long as its returned to the store and in good working order. The library structure has proven that it works. Granted, the library structure is based on free unless your late returning, but it can be altered to fit. You borrow and you bring back to be able to borrow again, and its track all by your card. Just a thought. Oh and now you can download from your friend pay a few dollars (we can only hope its a few) and now you have the game as well.
I am understanding need an internet connection for the install? If so, this console is dead to me before it starts as I'd be unable to play XBoxOne games.
It saddens me so many changes to the industry make me less enthused than I use to be.
So like if I buy a game and use it on my console first then give it to my dad or a friend or vice vursea them or me would have to pay a fee to play it? That is so stupid. I hope its like I dollar or somehting really chep if im going to buy this. Thats sometimes how I half to buy my games because I dont have money a lot and when I do its something used not that I dont buy new games but dam they have to think about the poor people to.
This actually makes me happy. Thank you Microsoft for giving the wiiU such a big shot, you were the biggest possible threat; 'were' being the keyword there. I am sure anyone who owns Sony stock is also happy with you, as that shot up quite nicely during your catastrophe of a press conference.
And with this, the Xbox One is dead to me. Don't *** up, PlayStation 4, PC gaming is still an option for me.
this is BULL S@#$ i have two xboxs, one at dads and one at moms. this means i can even play games that i buy on both systems! and sure it wont always be this way, but im not the only person who probly has this problem or will. its bull. screw xbox.
Looks like the days of bringing games over a pals house on a Friday night are over....
Depends on how much the "second hand" fee is. If a friend and I can go in half for a game and pay a nominal "second hand" fee, and now we both can play the game then great. Save myself some money.
Though the realist in me says that there's no chance in hell this will be the case. The 360 was my dominant console this generation, but the PS4 is sounding really appealing....