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In an extensive online post, Microsoft has detailed how you’ll be able to share games with friends on the new console, and whether you'll be able to buy and sell used games.
In advance of E3 next week, Microsoft is addressing some of the thornier questions that gamers have had about its upcoming console. Chief among those concerns is Microsoft’s approach to used games, and whether you’ll be able to share your game collection with other Xbox One owners. It sounds like, in both cases, some big questions still linger.
On the used game front, Microsoft is punting the issue to publishers. “Today, some gamers choose to sell their old disc-based games back for cash and credit,” reads Microsoft’s post “We designed Xbox One so game publishers can enable you to trade in your games at participating retailers. Microsoft does not charge a platform fee to retailers, publishers, or consumers for enabling transfer of these games.” Taken at face value, this means that publishers like Electronic Arts and Ubisoft will be allowed to make a decision on a case by case basis about whether used game sales will be allowed for a given game. Publishers could also set up fees for this transfer, but Microsoft claims it will take no part of those fees.
As for game sharing, Microsoft now says that game sharing will be allowed, but in a far more limited fashion than how passing a game to a friend works today. “Xbox One is designed so game publishers can enable you to give your disc-based games to your friends. There are no fees charged as part of these transfers. There are two requirements: you can only give them to people who have been on your friends list for at least 30 days, and each game can only be given once.” In other words, people who have been newly added to your friends list won’t be allowed to accept game loans, and repeated loans won’t be allowed to the same friend.
In addition, Microsoft has revealed that up to ten players in your “family” can have access to your shared library of games from any console, and you’ll be able to access your full library of games and play them from any connected Xbox One. Rentals and other loan programs won't be available at system launch. Finally, all disc-based Xbox One games will be made available on day one as both retail releases and for purchase on Xbox Live.
Microsoft today also detailed its approach to the always online issue for the Xbox One, and offered a deeper understanding of how privacy settings will work on the new console.
What do you think of these developments about the Xbox One? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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All fail. Microsoft you're dead to me. You're becoming nothing but a failure.
With sony doing almsot the same thing. ps4daily.com/.../sony-used-game-drm-is-up-to-game-publishers-on-playstation-4
I wont get any next gen console.
Microsoft is going down the toilet. Not just in consoles, but in computers lately too. What's happening over there, Microsoft? Pull it together.
Microsoft is just digging their own grave in the gamer world but when it comes to fat slobs who watch tv and play madden or COD all day I think they got a market
We "the gamers" now have the opportunity to show Microsoft how we feel about these policies based on the system each of us purchase. If you like these changes, buy a Xbox and show your support, if not...
I'll wait until sales are so low they change this policy AND drop the price of the console considerably. Nothing like a little revenue loss to get the brain of these corporations back on track.
I agree to a point
That is the most convoluted systems for dealing w/ used games.. Must be on your friend list for 30 days and no more than one loan?! DO they have to learn a secret handshake as well? Honestly.. You're out of touch, out of excuses and just plain out of your mind if you think this is a viable and palatable solution for consumers.. Read the new Forbes article, Microsoft may have just self destructed w/ this Xbox Ego Trip, or I mean Xbox One.. And this(being myself) is from someone who was a diehard 360 supporter... It's a sad day..
I just want to put a disk in and play. If it takes a 1000 word press release to explain your DRM its too complicated...
Microsoft has, of course, linked its consoles with the letter X. However, I give their entire new business model an entirely different letter:
S this is ther eason why EA back-pedaled and suddenly told theyare developing for "Nintendo console" they know WiiU is going to be the best selling console this gen...
definitely not buying this console now. Thanks for making my decision for me microsoft.
This looks unusually complicated :(
In my country, games are way too expensive and I don't do that piracy stuff. Being able to rent and sell used games is the only way I can play games.
Ok, im good at my xbox 360 now. this <a href="latestcheatshacks.com/.../a> console is not that good.