Following on from an evening of rather messy back-and-forth website updates and quotes, Microsoft’s Phil Harrison has attempted to clarify the whole situation around whether or not you’ll be able to trade in Xbox One games.
Well, it appears you can. However, there’s a fee to the buyer. And it’s not a small fee, either.
“The bits that are on that disc, you can give it to your friend and they can install it on an Xbox One,” said Harrison, speaking to Kotaku. “They would then have to purchase the right to play that game through Xbox Live.”
Kotaku then asked, “They would be paying the same price we paid, or less?”
“Let’s assume it’s a new game, so the answer is yes, it will be the same price,” replied Harrison.
Games on Xbox One are shared among users of a console, rather than individual user accounts. So you can share the game with others as long as they’re using the same console.
Sell it on, and the end user needs to connect to Xbox Live and pay the full price to play it.
That pretty much rules out pre-owned games on the platform. It also massively affects rentals, although we can imagine certain publishers are delighted with the news. That’s assuming all this is true, but Phil Harrison is Microsoft’s corporate vice president.
He’d know, right?