Things continue to spiral regarding Microsoft’s stance on pre-owned Xbox One games. In a new report, sources have said that Microsoft will be taking a small cut from every sale of a used game, leaving the retailer free to charge whatever he wishes for the pre-owned Xbox One game.
According to MCV, games for the Xbox One can only be sold at retailers who have agreed to Microsoft’s terms and contracts. These will be linked directly with Microsoft’s new pre-owned system. Once a game is pushed across the counter, the retailer will register the game and wipe away all previous activity of the game from the user’s account.
The retailer is then free to sell the title at whatever price he chooses; with a cut which will be paid to Microsoft for each sale. The report doesn’t mention what percentage of the sale goes to Microsoft but an unconfirmed report at ConsoleDeals.co.uk suggests that the retailer’s cut will only be 10 percent of each sale. Additionally the site also mentions that activating a used will now cost consumers £35.
Microsoft was contacted for a response on the news to which they replied:
While there have been many potential scenarios discussed, we have only confirmed that we designed Xbox One to enable our customers to trade in and resell games at retail. Beyond that, we have not confirmed any specific scenarios. Another piece of clarification around playing games at a friend’s house – should you choose to play your game at your friend’s house, there is no fee to play that game while you are signed in to your profile.
As things stand, I wonder if Microsoft will even reveal their stance on pre-owned games before E3.