The lights are on
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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No one worry the big deal of Achievements transferring is a go! This and the internet connection snafu are nothing compared to that! At least most journalists that is.
Xbox One: The Fun Stops Here!
I've said this before and I will say it again. I refuse to be bullied by a company that wants my money for a hobby that I enjoy, to then demand when and how I use the product that I have paid for with my hard earned money!
I say No to the Xbox One (poorly named) and I plea with great enthusiasm that you, the gamer, not purchase this monstrosity.
From the comments, a lot of people were expecting a small $10 or $15 fee. Microsoft says "No, it'll be full MSRP." I had a good laugh imagining everyone raging when they read that.
What a joke. They are practically daring us to buy it and see how bad theyre gonna screw us over.
I love the arguments in favor of this.
"Sony is gonna do it too."
"Get a new hobby if you don't like it."
"Its only a small fee."
Admit it folks, these points are crap and deep down you know it. at best it is slightly more of a screwover than what we have now. Ms and publishers made plenty of money the way thngs work now. All ms is doing is removing the impetus from the pubs to make money and putting it on you to give it to them because you committed the capitalistic sin of buying a product second hand.
I think it would be more fun if I had to pay for an ea online pass and a Microsoft one. That way pass sympathizers would have double the fun paying for deceitful bs.
Effectively they are killing used games with this. I don't know many people that will buy a used game, then pay the retail price to be able to play it on the system. I wonder why they even have discs at all, if the whole game is on the HD and you have no use for the disc once it is installed, then why not just download the game digitally? Who is going to want a collection of discs that aren't used? Also this will kill the value of the used games since few people will buy them and the stores that take them will not want to give any money for them, so why bother?
Well it seems Microsoft has kicked the bucket with this new console. Hello my old friend, playstation (whenever I would have the money)
Well sounds like I need more info on ps4
Because what if some people like me have more than one account on the Xbox.
If I switch accounts, do I have to pay for the game again to play on my other account, because my wife and kids like to play to on their own accounts
This is is so confusing. So many articles concerning xboxone. I liked the reveal and the hardware of the machine. But paying a fee for used games and mandatory game installation? That better be a joke. Also they want developers to go with a mandatory connection?!!
I am definitely sticking with sony now.