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Xbox One Used Games Situation: Fee or No Fee?

The Xbox One continues to create quite a buzz.. and not just because of its announced features. A lot of the talk is about used games and how they will work going forward. Microsoft might have told us that they would allow used games – but the details were fuzzy at best.

Shortly after this, rumors started surfacing suggesting that MS would require us to pay some kind of fee in order to sell a game or even let a friend borrow it. Is there any truth to this? According to MCV, retailers have already been briefed on how X-One used games will work and reports that any company that wants to take a trade-in game will need to be hooked up to Microsoft’s database so that access to the game can be removed from the previous owner’s account and transferred to a new one.

The idea is that publishers currently don’t make a cent off used games, and so both the publisher and Microsoft will now get a cut of the fee paid by game stores that resell titles. This also brings up new questions and concerns, however.

First – what does this mean for those of us that want to sell a game on Ebay or Amazon? Is there a way to access Microsoft’s deactivation database, and if so, how much will it cost us to free our games? It also makes use wonder what will happen in 10 years when the servers are down – will it be impossible to use the Xbox One and used games?

There is also the possibility that already very LOW trade-in credits from places like EBgames will shrink even more in order to compensate for fees associated with hooking to Microsoft’s database. Unfortunately, the retailer’s unofficial ‘clarification’ doesn’t really seem to clarify the situation at all.

What do you think of the whole situation? If all these rumors are true, will you still consider buying an Xbox One or not?

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  1. Green Wolf 343

    im still going to buy a Xbox One , plus who said you have to buy used games? no one just buy them new if your so bothered about it

    • Obviously, you don’t have to buy anything but is that really the argument here? This is about placing ever increasing restrictions on consumers. Secondhand sales of anything is threatened by policies like this. It extends far beyond games, and could possibly set a very bad precedent, especially in the multimedia market.

      You should think carefully before you commit to buying an Xbox One, and that’s coming from a fan of Xbox. That said, we don’t know exactly what is going on right now. From one source, there’s fees. From another, there is not. I will wait to see what Microsoft has to say at E3, when they hopefully have their story straight.

      • Green Wolf 343

        I know what your saying, same ive had a Xbox since 2001 too and im only using twitter Microsoft and Xbox for the news these stories that are on so called “gaming” sites don’t have any proof that its true.

        They are only rumors and most of them have come from fans of Sony. ive been telling people on my Facebook page not to believe any news that comes out unless Microsoft or Xbox confirms it. and to wait for E3 as loads of people have been moaning about no games being revealed. but tbh ive never trusted Sony.

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