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Microsoft just released an ambiguous statement about the future of used games sales on the Xbox One. Indirect unofficial Microsoft sources are now saying that while the system will require regular checks for online connectivity, there won't be a fee for used games.
Unidentified sources have told Polygon that while it is true that the system will require online connectivity of some kind, most details are still up in the air. Special circumstances may be enacted for players who do not have Internet access, like active-duty soldiers serving in war zones.
As far as used games go, Polygon said, "The Xbox One will automatically authenticate a game using an encryption code built into a game's disc, when it is installed on the machine. That authentication on the console's hard drive tied to the game is then verified regularly through an internet connection. When a person sells the game or it is installed and played on another system, the game is deauthenticated on the original machine until the disc is brought back and used to re-authenticate the installation."
We continue to not have any concrete details about how online and used games will work on the Xbox One, but we should know more by E3. For more on the Xbox One, head to our hub to read up on all of our coverage.
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Huh, turns out the "Digital Watermarking" thing was legit!!! Look at it this way, nothing yes I mean NOTHING has changed!!! We've always been able to install our games on to our hard-disks and we've always had to have the CDs in to play them.... The only difference in now they can actively track how you loan your games out. I don't see them getting involved in the buying and selling process. Since I believe they'd have everything written neatly into our user agreements.... However, "Digital Watermarking" would allow them some unique opportunities on almost instant and live tracking of consumer movements. Such as the loaning, renting, borrowing, selling and purchasing of all the "XBOX ONE" titles to be used a anonymous statistical data based on each region of disk activation. Which could be as small as a single zip code. Does this bother me??? No.... We're pretty much going to be on even footing with the "XBOX 360"s current take on Optic and Digital media, but I guarantee you people will be looking closely at their user agreements wandering what all the extra fuss is about.
To that end, I just don't see them tying up a blue-ray drive with a game when they can fully install it and switch between over a half a dozen different types of media at will without going through their disc collection. Which I'd assume just like the current Digital games available for the 360 means we can play each with the click of a controller of the wave of a hand at will. So at this point, the current 360 is almost on even footing except that it doesn't have the bio-metrics that the "XBOX ONE" is going to become famous for and it can't install games off CDs. All in all, I'm actually quite impressed at the idea that we'll be converting to Digital Media as a whole even if we do make an Optic purchase. I've been waiting for the push to digital media for quite some time and I'm glad to see things headed that way!!! ^_^
So the console isn't always online, but it does need to be online to do mostly anything, it won't sell
Ignooraaaaance you are so fun to read.
They say sorry for attempting to slap you with one hand, all the while saying that you will potentially be slapped on another. Look, I'm not so sure Game Stop is not having a war with Xbox right now over this possible profits from used games sells. They would lose a lot of money. So they deduce from what Microsoft is not saying that they will require checks. I don't know, but if the box needs to be check every so so amount of time to stay functional, then its pointless unless you have a stable connection. What world do these people live it.
On flip side of this, how do I know Game Stop is not trying to have a war with Microsoft over them wanting to get some of the money Game Stop is making by charging us more. If I could cut Game Stop out of the deal and save 25% or more, there is little doubt I would do this.
Wow. Sounds kind of confusing. But what if you have a game, sell it, and purchase a different copy of that same game down the road?