Xbox One: Stance on Used Games Still To Be Decided

Update #1 – Xbox Support Twitter has confirmed that used game owners won’t be required to pay any additional fees.

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While Microsoft has confirmed that the new Xbox One won’t completely block used games, there will indeed be a pre-owned fee.

All games-on-discs will have to be be installed on the hard drive to be able to play. If you opt to install it on another hard drive, say an external, users will need to pay an unspecified fee to do so.

Heading over to an official FAQ regarding Xbox One’s policy on the used games market, the statement reads:

We are designing Xbox One to enable customers to trade in and resell games. We’ll have more details to share later.

Those ‘more details’ are yet to be shared and until then I have to wonder how do you exactly design a console to “enable customers to trade in and resell games?” We were doing it pretty fine on the previous consoles, so what changed?

In other news, the Xbox One has been confirmed to ‘not’ require a constant internet connection to function.

“No, it does not have to be always connected, but Xbox One does require a connection to the Internet,” Microsoft said.

“We’re designing Xbox One to be your all-in-one entertainment system that is connected to the cloud and always ready. We are also designing it so you can play games and watch Blu-ray movies and live TV if you lose your connection”.

What are your thoughts over the additional fee for used games?

By Saqib Mansoor

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    • lilj8371

      What is your source for this fee? Because the Wired article where this has seemed to originate from has been redacted to mention Microsoft did not detail its plans for used games, while the Xbox Support Twitter account claims there are no fees and the article is incorrect.