There has been a lot of rumor and speculation about the Xbox One, especially regarding online use and used games.
Now Microsoft has come forward with a few more details. First, Microsoft states that the idea of paying a fee for the transfer of used games is totally inaccurate.
“Microsoft does not charge a platform fee to retailers, publishers, or consumers for enabling transfer of these games.””We designed Xbox One so game publishers can enable you to trade in your games at participating retailers.“
The bold-face says it all, “at participating retailers”. From the sounds of it, that means that you can’t just sell the copy on Ebay, Amazon or Craigslist. You’ll have to trade it in through a place like EbGames – where you get very little for the money.
Even more depressing, Microsoft states that the above only applies to Microsoft published games, or third parties that wish to allow used games:
“Third party publishers may opt in or out of supporting game resale and may set up business terms or transfer fees with retailers. Microsoft does not receive any compensation as part of this. In addition, third party publishers can enable you to give games to friends. Loaning or renting games won’t be available at launch, but we are exploring the possibilities with our partners.”
So not only can you not sell games, you can’t loan them out or rent them either.
The next piece of news comes in regards to the “always on” requirement for net access. Microsoft previously revealed that you’d need a connection for the Xbox One, but won’t ALWAYS have to be online. Now MS has clarified, stating you will need to “check in” at least once every 24 hours or you won’t have access to the system.
The requirement is designed to verify “if the system, application or game updates are needed and to see if you have acquired new games, or resold, trade in, or give your game to a friend”.
So is it all doom and gloom? Depending on how you feel about used games and always on use. For some folks, yes this will be a deal-breaker. For others, it might not be. What do you think, are you still interested in the Xbox One or not?[ source ]