Microsoft Confirms Daily Internet Check, Publishers Decide On Pre-Owned Fees

Microsoft has sensibly decided to issue a FAQ, a series of bullet-pointed info snippets, in order to attempt to clarify the recent PR bumbles that came forth after the Xbox One was revealed a couple of weeks back. On their own official news blog, they’ve made three new sections which detail most of the issues potential customers were having.

“Because every Xbox One owner has a broadband connection,” says one section talking about the Xbox One’s ability to tap into ‘the cloud’, “developers can create massive, persistent worlds that evolve even when you’re not playing.”

It mentions that you’ll need to install (and sign into Xbox Live) before playing a game. “After signing in and installing, you can play any of your games from any Xbox One because a digital copy of your game is stored on your console and in the cloud.”

1.5Mbps broadband needed

Xbox One needs to be online once every 24 hours or games won’t work

It’s up to publishers whether or not they charge a fee to sell on a game

You won’t be able to rent or loan games at launch

“So, for example, while you are logged in at your friend’s house, you can play your games.”

The posts mention “a broadband connection of 1.5Mbps” which shouldn’t trouble most users (although their statement that the average is 3Mbps means very little).

The important bit is the requirement for the system to ‘check in’ every 24 hours. “While a persistent connection is not required,” the post states, “Xbox One is designed to verify if system, application or game updates are needed and to see if you have acquired new games, or resold, traded in, or given your game to a friend.”

“Games that are designed to take advantage of the cloud may require a connection.”

“With Xbox One you can game offline for up to 24 hours on your primary console, or one hour if you are logged on to a separate console accessing your library. Offline gaming is not possible after these prescribed times until you re-establish a connection, but you can still watch live TV and enjoy Blu-ray and DVD movies.”

And on pre-owned: “Some gamers choose to sell their old disc-based games back for cash and credit,” say Microsoft. “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.”

That’s nice, but it doesn’t stop publishers charging. “Microsoft Studios will enable you to give your games to friends or trade in your Xbox One games at participating retailers,” it says, but “third party publishers may opt in or out of supporting game resale and may set up business terms or transfer fees with retailers.”

“In addition,” it adds, “third party publishers can enable you to give games to friends. Loaning or renting games won’t be available at launch, but we are exploring the possibilities with our partners.”

Crikey.

Some are expecting Sony to offer a similar method to publishers with the PS4.

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86 Comments

  1. There needs to be warnings all over adverts for this that a broadband connection to the console is required. I can see parents buying this for kids and not having a clue what they are getting themselves into.

    Announcements like this make me appreciate my SNES even more.

  2. Since it’s the pubishers decision to enforce the DRM, I wonder if Sony are going to say however, all first party games will be free of the DRM model so you will be able to trade and swap these games without restrictions? My guess is that if Sony think they have the upper hand on the DRM issue their going to keep that fact for the conference to reveal.

  3. I only buy new games so the second hand fees and restrictions don’t really apply to me (although they are still despicable). Let’s see what Sony has in store for us.
    They could win the hearts of gamers if they decided to do the right thing. EA is already in bed with Microsoft, so there’s not much more to lose on that end and I don’t think EA and Activision could afford to straight out boycott Sony. They’d rather lose second hand sales than not being able to sell their game to >50% of the European market + significant percentages of the rest of the world in the first place.

  4. “Offline gaming is not possible after these prescribed times until you re-establish a connection, but you can still watch live TV and enjoy Blu-ray and DVD movies.”

    Not if your internet and TV come in through the same provider and cable.
    Then you’re only able to watch Blu-ray/DVD’s

    But the fact that Microsoft has at least included a Blu-ray player in the X1 is probably something already….

    I do hope Sony will soon elaborate a bit about their solutions on stuff besides gaming.

  5. Any system that requires me to log on every 24 hours to play offline is a no buy from me.
    I’ve gone weeks without broadband after moving. I’ve had connection issues in the past that have lasted days. I’ve had to work out of town where I don’t have internet connection where I’m staying.
    There is not much difference between a “check every 24 hours” and “always on” in my view.

    Well at least that’s written one purchase off, certainly not getting the WiiU, now Sony just need to clarify their stance. If they pull the same shit then it looks like this is my last generation of console gaming.

  6. I have absolutely no faith in Sony to do the right thing by the customers. Their track record suggests that they will follow Microsoft on the DRM express.

    If they, however, break with tradition and don’t go down that route, they win the console war and then some. As this would indeed be the case, I struggle to believe that MS would go along with something so toxic unless their main competitor had already signed up to it.

    I suspect that my PC might be getting some unexpected upgrades in 6 months or so.

  7. Oh dear Microsoft, you’ve most definitely lost one customer today. Unbelievable and I really hope Sony don’t go down the same route. If they do, they have also lost a customer.

  8. I’ve put £600 away for the PS4 (and hopefully a few games too) but if Sony follow Microsoft down this road, I’m happy to stick with my PS3 for a few more years.

    • Exactly the same for me, I’m currently stockpiling PS3 games in case Sony fuck-up as well. Might get another cheap PS3 console as a backup for when my current one dies.
      Of course, if Sony do the right thing, I’ll have plenty of coasters & a nice black door-stop ;P

  9. I think I knew at the announcement that I would not be getting an Xbox, this just confirms it.

    I have been a Playstation owner since the 90s, no Xbox, but i was considering for next gen – looks like that will end unless Sony do something dramatic in favour of gamers.

    Hayter binned off for Sutherland, no gaming unless connected to the internet, paying full price for half a game, forced gimmicks like motion and voice controls, the games industry really sucks now, bring back the 16bit era…

  10. Microsoft, what were you thinking??? We’re your customers, the people who buy your goods. This is such a huge slap in the face, and an insult to my intelligence, that you think Im going to continue to let you have access to my wallet. What next? I have my salary paid into your account, and you give me back what you think is fair for console gaming?

    You greedy money grabbing bastards. And no, I will not be getting an Xbox One

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