Xbox One Will Kind Of Block Used Games

    May 21, 2013
    Zach Walton
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The Xbox One is the official name of Microsoft’s next-generation games console. While it may do more than just play games, gamers are still curious about certain rumors that have been floating around about the new console. Will it play used games? Will it require an always online Internet connection? Microsoft finally answered those questions today… kind of.

The Xbox One will kind of block used games from being played on the console. Now, what does that mean? It means that every game must be installed on the system. The game disc you buy in the store is merely a means of getting that information installed on the hard drive. Of course, what’s to stop from multiple friends all sharing the same disc, and getting the same game?

Wired explains:

“…each disc would have to be tied to a unique Xbox Live account, else you could take a single disc and pass it between everyone you know and copy the game over and over. Since this is clearly not going to happen, each disc must then only install for a single owner.

Microsoft did say that if a disc was used with a second account, that owner would be given the option to pay a fee and install the game from the disc, which would then mean that the new account would also own the game and could play it without the disc.”

Of course, it seems that Microsoft itself is confused as to the extent of its own used game policy. On the official Xbox site, a QA page (which has since been removed) says the following about used games on the Xbox One (courtesy of NeoGAF):

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

Adding more layers to the confusion, John Hicks, Editor of Official Xbox 360 Magazine, tweeted out a few details regarding the policy:

So, what does this all mean? What we can pull from this mess of misinformation and confusing statements is that Microsoft will indeed have a policy regarding the use of used games on its console. It’s not going to be as simple as buying a used game and popping it in.

Now, the statements from the Microsoft itself and Hicks suggest that the next Xbox won’t be entirely anti-used games. Instead, the next Xbox may only charge a fee if you have no intention of sellin the game.

For example, you may be charged a small fee if you lend the disc to a friend and they install it on their system. You still get to play the game, but they get to as well after paying said fee. Now, that fee may not be present when buying used games because the person who sold the game previously forfeited the original license and had the game uninstalled from their system.

It should be noted that the above example is pure speculation based upon what we’re seeing from a variety of sources. We won’t know anything for sure until Microsoft clarifies the situation itself. The official QA said that we would hear more about Microsoft’s used games policy soon, but it may want to address it sooner rather than later to dispel all the confusion surrounding the Xbox One and its used game policy.

UPDATE: And the plot thickens. An official Xbox Support twitter account is now saying that there are no fees associated with used games on the Xbox One.

  • Greg Dillinger

    Sorry Microsoft…but you can go f*ck yourself. I’m not buying a console that requires an internet connection. Not one that’s always online. Not one that needs to be online to link new games to an Xbox Live acct. either. I live in the country where internet cconnections are crap. New console is hideous too.

  • Greg

    If it does as the tweet says. Thats cool. Not more switching discs. And if I sell, it should not long work when installed on my XBOX.

    But if they charge for it.. hell no.

    And I think I hate XBOX anyway.

  • deano

    at the end it says there uis no fee, but i just had a thought, if there isnt a fee then they could have people jus mugging them off(cuz you dont need game disc to run game after install) if you install the game to a console that has never been online and u never connect it to xbl then you could sel lthe game and they install it and there u go u basicaly got a free game, so im inclined not to beleive that tweet, as there is no other way of them deactivating the first instal if the machine isnt online. hmmmmm

  • Geoff hall

    I will not be buying into any gaming system that does not let me trade games I’ve paid for I don’t buy a car and find out I can’t sell it later Microsoft stop being so greedy all you care about are profits I’ve had every console you’ve built but no more unless you scrap this idea it’s ps4 for me

  • yeah idiots

    alright more idiots that will line up to buy more crap that wont last long or might not even work right out of the box, yeah idiots who buy multiple consoles because they keep breaking should be loaded into a boat and shipped off to I am a SUCKER|IDIOT land. wow your products are so good and money grows on trees. let me buy the same peice os junk that broke as easy as a peppermint stick duurrrrrr,Sh!te companies keeps getting my business DUUURRRRRR. sheep idiots!!!!

  • Bryan

    This Xbox sucks, whichever buys it is an idiot. Everyone knows that the new Xbox is not going to allow people to play games. We also do know that Xbox always has to be connected, so that means I can’t take it camping with me. the new Xbox blows.The Xbox 360 rocks it. I’m sorry to say it, but bye bye Xbox one :'( ,hello PS4