Following months of rumours and Chinese whispers, we’ve finally got a verdict on the controversial topic of the “Always On” Xbox. Despite what some people might be saying, the Xbox One isn’t going to be always on for any reason. You don’t have to be connected to the net 24/7 just to make use of the home console you’ve bought.
That doesn’t mean that the news is all good though. The Always On debate was brought up as part of the ongoing apparent crusade against pre-owned games. What does this mean for pre-owned games and the Xbox One, though? Well, like I said; not all the news is good.
As was predicted, the Xbox One won’t be backwards compatible with Xbox 360 games. In fact, you’ll have to install all of the games that you want to play (Fortunately there’s a 500GB harddrive for that) and according to a recent report on Wired, you’ll have to pay to unlock used games.
The reason behind this is that when you install a game, it becomes tied to your Xbox Live account. If you trade that game in to your local store and somebody else buys it then they’ll have to pay a small charge in order to unlock that game, in turn unbinding it from your Xbox Live account.