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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 say this with all due respect for the last decade of fun that Sony and Microsoft have provided with their gaming consoles: F**k You, corporate
@ssw!pes. I will be heading back to full-time PC gaming and trading my old consoles in for a WiiU for my kids. This is an asinine approach to piss off your hard core gaming support who put you where you are today.
mandatory this, required that,not allowed to do this.....i'm going to have to pass on the xbox one purely on principle. we're expected to buy this thing, then be told the conditions under which we're ALLOWED to use it? no thanks. if sony doesn't take this opportunity to bury the xbox one alive, they deserve what they get...
You did this to yourself Microsoft. XBOX one is trash, more fees?!??! Child please.
I am extremely disappointed in MS
Excuse me, but I'm not renting game when I buy for 69.99!!! euro. And you dear MS don't have any rights to tell me if I can or not sell it, and grab fees from me.
If to follow MS politic about used games - all clothings companies should take fees from ebay sellers, tell this to girls who trade their jeans - and you gonna die hard.
no surprise here. Sad day for xbox lovers.
Being able to trade games? That sounds really cool. But you really need to drop this used gamed bulls**t Microsoft. Who would buy a used game and then pay full retail price?
So it sounds like they've made a very confusing, roundabout way of saying that while you don't have to be "always online" you will have to be online to install a new/used game for use. If not, then how can they confirm the used game you purchased is in fact used? This implies someone else had to confirm their disc is new, and that someone else has to confirm they've since then bought that same copy at a later date used.
I haven't bought a used game in years, I'm not comfortable with getting trapped into an ecosystem that may require this kind of nonsense where I have to take my console online to get my new game disc "registered" as being bought new versus used. And then how often does MS want to confirm what is on my console is mine?
lol interesting thought...
The system isn't even here yet, and we're all really worrying about USED games.
Unfortunately half the games I buy I only buy because I know I will be done with them in 2 weeks and get 30 dollars back for a trade-in. Trying to fight used game/renting/trading is just a bad idea imo.
I will not buy the new Xbox if I can't play my own games on multiple accounts just saying I'm not paying to play games I already own. So they either change there plans or ps4 here I come.
I wonder if we can move the console while the disc is inside
So does this rule out splitscreen with multiple XBL profiles?