Can you trade in Xbox One games? Can you play Xbox One games on a friend’s console? Will there be a fee to transfer games from one Xbox One to the other? All these questions and more have finally been answered.
After weeks of conflicting reports out of Microsoft, the Redmond-based company released a document on Thursday that details how Xbox One game licensing works. In short, used games are possible on the Xbox One. There’s a whole lot of caveats though:
Well, that’s certainly interesting. It seems that Microsoft is washing its hands of the matter and leaving it entirely in the hands of the publishers. That has a number of gamers, consumer rights advocates and retailers unhappy with the situation.
For gamers, they feel that this is a big slap in the face. Those who frequent /r/gaming on Reddit have filled the entire front page with nothing but Xbox One macros calling out the console on for its excessive DRM, required Internet connectivity and anti-consumer practices. Here’s one of our favorites from pf-rpanderson:
For consumer rights advocates, the Xbox One represents the final nail in the coffin for the traditional games industry. NeoGAF user faceless007 said it best in a discussion about the Xbox One’s used game policy:
The industry does not come first; consumers do. I have no sympathy for an industry that cannot properly stumble its way around a viable secondhand market like every other mature industry in the world… If this industry can’t find a way to make money off the primary market — even with DLC and exclusive pre-order content and HD re-releases and map packs and online passes and annualized sequels and “expanding the audience” and AAA advertising and forced multiplayer — then, if I may be so blunt, fuck it. It doesn’t deserve our money in the first place.
As for retailers, the section that says only participating retailers may deal in used games has some independent retailers concerned. Customers in the U.S. may not be accustomed to the idea of an independent game retailer as GameStop reigns supreme, but it’s far more prevalent in Europe. Those retailers have come forward with concerns that Microsoft’s used game program will only allow large retailers to participate in buy back programs.
On a final note, Microsoft says that loaning and renting games won’t be available at launch. Services like GameFly are certainly not going to like that, but Microsoft says it’s having discussions with partners on the matter.
The Xbox One is likely to have some great games, and I’m sure we’ll be wowed at E3. That being said, these new terms have definitely left a sour taste in the mouth of most gamers. Not to mention the recently leaked PRISM surveillance system, which Microsoft is a part of, has some not even remotely interested in buying the new console.
[Image: EnderDom via Reddit]