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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 think this is a great thing. MS might be planning something where you can trade and sell your games over xbox live to other players and set your price instead of going to gamestop. It's going to be like a xbox live version of Ebay
Poor Microsoft must be losing so much money on those used games. Marc Whitten must be having trouble putting food on the dinner table. My heart goes on to the poor men at Microsoft who need our money so badly.
Okay Screw you Microsoft. Seriously? you couldn't say this at the press conference, to afraid your stocks would drop? huh looks like they did anyway.
Also, I'm getting married in a year, me and my future wife like to play video games together, I don't want to have to pay an extra freaking fee just so she can play with me. That's bull crap, whatever happened to the good 'ole days of co-op gaming? when I didn't need her to have her own xbox? and her own copy of the game... Frick, and I was looking forward to the new xbox. I know you hate used game s market, but seriously? really?! your pushing your clientele away. Good Job, you sure know what your doing... because unless this changes, unless you back out of this I won't be buying your new console. It's ridiculous, i should be able to let my kids play the game to without them having to use my account.
I have no problem buying a new game, but if companies have the rights to block me out of playing their game whenever they want offline. I don't like it, i don't want to be in the middle of my SINGLE PLAYER GAME, only to get a internet outage and I can't play my games. It's great you want more money to go to those who develop it, but some of these precautions are ridiculous...
Why would Microsoft want to mess with the success they had with 360 by trying to squeeze every dime out of the gamers who have supported they're consoles .I'm no falseness major but doesn't seem like a smart move to me
I don't quite know how i feel about this yet
Wow. Full retail price as a used game fee? Count me out. So lame.
I have to say this killed the Xbox One for me and my family. I currently have 4 360 units. We share Skyrim across those units. My oldest son in his room, my other 2 sons in their room and in the living room, and my wife in the living room and our bedroom. So, that is one game, 4 consoles, 5 gamer tags. With the One it appears that would be impossible. That limits me to buying One console at most.
Now, having 4 consoles I have purchased 4 copies of: Borderlands, Borderlands 2, Halo 4, Dead Island and Riptide, Gears games, Crackdown, Crackdown 2, Forza, and some others. I did this to play online with the family. That would still work sure. But the all of the 90+ other games that we did not have 4 copies of (some we do have 2 copies) would not be playable across all consoles. I know others personally and have read enough comments as well to see this is an issue for others as well. That could be some lost sales right there.
Saying all this I can see me never buying a One (first console I have not purchased since I purchased my first NES as a kid) at all. Especially if Sony does not do this as the best third party games will be on both consoles. If Sony leaves this up to the developers I could see some doing it but not all.
Also, I am a little cautious with this. MS is touting features that are U.S. only at first. Then the issues of using games on multiple consoles with family. I could see this being a drag in Europe and we know that Japan is not a big fan of the Xbox. So, if MS struggles any early in Europe, stays non-existent in Japan, and U.S. sales are only good that could sway developers in favor of another platform.
Also, and this is not PC versus console, we all have nice PC's that I custom built. We also all use Steam. I am often able to purchase games on Steam for much less than the equivalent 360 digital version or disc version. So, if I must buy 3-4 copies so we can all play then I might as well use Steam's quality service and save money.
As for the Kinect I am not complaining. Looked good and responsive. No, we really do not care here at my house but I also understand that they have decided to include that as part of the package. Thing is, these awesome features are not that awesome. Big deal I can tell my Xbox to switch to something or have the screen split. I can actually do that faster with the remote quite honestly. It takes all of 1 second to press that button. And I am not that interested in having a move play, while I surf the web, while I Skype, all while one the toilet cooking dinner. Typically I am using my tablet while I game and my PC is right there. If may be good for some people, I am sure it will, but I know so many people with the first Kinect (casual and core) who think it sucked. Going to be a hard sell to them.
I guess MS will sink badly or soar here. I am wondering if there is much middle ground. I preferred their console over the PS3 and really likes the first Xbox. But this will cause us to change systems. If not just because so many of my kids friends are already talking ditching the xbox brand for the PS4. I will get the games either way and will buy for the best convenience to play with my family and friends.
Good thing I'm not getting an Xbox...
I bet the guys over at gamefly are literally crying right now
full retail price. rofl dang.
So what exactly does this mean for Redbox?
In other words, Phil Harrison just gave loyal Xbox fans the middle finger. Glad I'm getting a PS4!
Don't get me wrong, I enjoy other brand consoles, but my friends make fun of me for being a Nintendo fan boy. I think now people are beginning to see why. I had a 360 but sold it to a friend (needed the money at the time), but I didn't play it much, anyway. There's no way I'm going to get the Xbox One, though. Requiring an "always on" connection doesn't work for everyone, so let's hope that developers favor offline mode more.
Has Microsoft lost their minds! This is completely ridiculous!
They charge us out the FOOP for everything nowadays. "Hey man, I have no money until next week, so can I borrow a game until I get paid?" "Sure man, but you'll have to PAYYYYY FOR IT!"