Since the official Xbox One announcement there has been no end of controversy surrounding Microsoft’s plans in regards to the Xbox One and pre-owned games. The company neither confirmed or denied that they’ll be charging to activate pre-owned titles on your account, all we knew is that games once purchased and placed into your console will be tied to your Xbox Live account.
Microsoft have since (sort of) cleared things up in a post on Xbox Wire. Located in a post titled Xbox One: Details on Connectivity, Licencing, and Privacy Features is a link to another post titled How Games Licencing Works on Xbox One – it already feels like we’re on a wild goose chase..
In this post they detailed the two questions we’ve been asking. Can I buy and play pre-owned games without being charged an extra fee? and; Can I lend a game to a friend?
To answer the first question; Can I buy and play pre-owned games without being charged an extra fee, Microsoft answers with this:
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.
Basically it’s at the discretion of game publishers such as EA to allow you to re-sell your games. They do have the option to charge you extra, so just like I predicted when EA dropped their Online Pass scheme, it was probably in favour of this..
The second question is a little more complicated; Can I lend games to a friend? Microsoft had this to say:
Give your games to friends: Xbox One is designed so game publishers can enable you to give your disc-based games to your friends. There are no fees charged as part of these transfers. There are two requirements: you can only give them to people who have been on your friends list for at least 30 days and each game can only be given once.
So choose your friends wisely as you can only lend your copy of Forza Motorsport 5 to one friend and one friend only.
Here’s a few extra pieces of information you might find interesting too.
“Loaning or renting games won’t be available at launch, but we are exploring the possibilities with our partners.”
So those of you who like to rent a game before purchasing probably wont, unless publishers decide to create rental copies of games which might be more trouble than it’s worth.
Finally, as someone who has an amazing wife who loves games like Army of Two, and Call of Duty as much as me I often wondered how the “locking games” to your Xbox Live profile would work for others – such as my wife, would we need to buy two copies of the game?? Microsoft had this to say on that subject:
Give your family access to your entire games library anytime, anywhere: Xbox One will enable new forms of access for families. Up to ten members of your family can log in and play from your shared games library on any Xbox One. Just like today, a family member can play your copy of Forza Motorsport at a friend’s house. Only now, they will see not just Forza, but all of your shared games. You can always play your games, and any one of your family members can be playing from your shared library at a given time.
So there you have it, have Microsoft made up for the weeks and weeks of speculation? Let us know in the comments or send us a tweet @n3rdabl3!