After weeks of speculation and rumors, Microsoft has finally clarified their stand regarding used games on the Xbox One. In a post on Xbox Wire, Microsoft has gone into detail about how game licensing will work with the Xbox One.
According to the post, gamers will be able to buy games, both retail and digital, through game retailers and Xbox Live respectively on the day of release. However, installing games via game disc will be faster than digital.
“Buy the way you want—disc or digital—on the same day: You’ll be able to buy disc-based games at traditional retailers or online through Xbox Live, on day of release. Discs will continue to be a great way to install your games quickly.”
Once the game is installed on the Xbox One, gamers will no longer require the game disc to play their games. They will also be able to play their installed games on their friend’s console as long as they are signed in to their Xbox Live account as games will also be installed on the cloud.
Microsoft also took this opportunity and officially clarified their stand on used games sales. According to the post, Microsoft will not be charging users any fees should they wish to trade-in and resell their games. Instead, the decision is left up to the publishers should they wish to allow such resale of their games.
“Trade-in and resell your disc-based games: Today, some gamers choose to sell their old disc-based games back for cash and credit. We designed Xbox One so game publishers can enable you to trade in your games at participating retailers. Microsoft does not charge a platform fee to retailers, publishers, or consumers for enabling transfer of these games. “
Lastly, Microsoft mentioned that gamers will be able to give away disc-based games to their friends. However, this come with 2 requirements. Firstly, you must be friends with that person for at least 30 days and that each game can only be given once.
While it has taken Microsoft more than 2 weeks to finally clarify these issues, they have at least decided to do this now rather than at E3. The spotlight is now on Microsoft to deliver an outstanding E3 show that is about their games.