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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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somehow MS is making money off of this, I don't believe for a nanosecond they're not. MS wouldn't be the first company to shoot themselves because of greed either. but i'm also expecting sony to have something similar. I never thought i'd see the day where I wouldn't buy the next console. sony has a wide open door to crush MS, and my god I hope they do. but I just can't believe MS is greedier than they are stupid.
I think most of you are not reading this correctly. You install the game on a system and then you can gift it to a friend to use also but if you decide to sell it and someone else activates the disc on a system that is not a friend that you gifted it to then it will deactivate on the original system when the online check is done once every 24 hours.
The online check and requirements for gifting games to friends is due to the fact the disc is not required and they don't want people taking advantage of the system by installing and then selling the game.
The part about publisher's appears to be that some like EA may decide to charge extra like season passes this gen or even prevent usage once installed. It would be unwise for a publisher to prevent usage once installed but that is up to them.
I'm fine with their stance on the used game thing. I believe that is definitely something that should be left up to the publishers, as they're the ones ultimately getting hurt by used game sells.
I'm sad about their stance on the sharing, though. It doesn't make much sense to me how they're enabling you to sell the game, but not loan it to someone. I suppose it has to do with the installing onto the console. Pretty dumb.
this is bs they can keep their console...so i buy my console but i have a given time to use my own game offline? screw u microsoft
Not impressed with leaving fees up to groups like EA and Activision.
It's like Microsoft had a meeting about the Xbox One and said "We should put the worst ideas into one console and sell it like the PS4."
This is just pathetic.
Between everything they've announced thus far (and there are still some questions surrounding these as well), there does not seem to be any sort of restrictions that either are not already being used by similar services or are worse then what we've seen others use. I'm still excited for both the PS4 and the XB1, and I can't wait to pick both up day one.