Xbox One: “Some Games Not Transferable and Have No Resale Value”

Today’s Microsoft conference saw the confirmation of the Xbox One’s release date, and since then elements of the Day One pre-order bundle have been release. Alongside the announcement of bonuses like an exclusive achievement, the One’s terms and conditions are listed and are rather alarming.

  • Requires broadband internet (ISP fees apply), a Microsoft account and an account on Xbox Live in an Xbox One-supported Xbox Live country/region, and 720p or higher HDMI-compatible TV. To receive live TV via broadcast or cable, supported receiver device (television tuner or cable/satellite set top box) with HDMI output and HDMI cable required (all sold separately).
  • Additional subscriptions, internet speed and/or requirements apply for some features.
  • Kinect Sensor for Xbox One (included) and periodic system software updates required for continued use; significant updates may be required during set-up and over time (ISP fees apply).
  • Some games not transferable and have no resale value; restrictions on games usage apply.
  • Games, Kinect and accessories made for Xbox 360 or original Xbox will not work with Xbox One.
  • Xbox One system software uses a significant amount of storage; less internal storage will be available to users. 500 GB = 500 billion bytes.
  • You must accept Xbox Terms of Use (including Xbox software terms and game license terms), Microsoft Services Agreement, and Xbox One 1-year limited warranty. Some games have additional license terms.
  • Terms include binding arbitration with class action waiver to resolve disputes.
  • Additional requirements will apply.

The three that stand out are that some games are not transferable, that there is a significant portion of the hard drive will be used for the OS and most worryingly, “Terms include binding arbitration with class action waiver to resolve dispute.” In other words, no more legal cases against Microsoft if Xbox live gets hacked or if the hardware suffers Red Ring of Death style issues.

Source: Microsoft



  1. they can keep it.

  2. What a horrible block of text.

  3. If “accessories” include controllers that’s stupid, the controllers are the same at heart. A fixed 500GB HDD where the OS takes a large chunk (25GB to be safe?) is a bit silly, why not have an internal storage device (you can get make internal USB storage).
    Also requiring a 720p screen and not including a HDMI cable… bit bonkers.

    • They’ll save about £3-5 per console. If someone buys the console they’re gonna buy the cable anyway or own one but if you don’t you’ve gotta wait to get one? That’s not something you want.

  4. Not good news for would be X1 owners.
    With “a significant portion of the hard drive will be used for the OS” and every game needing to be installed the 500GB HDD is looking very small.

  5. All of this is moot. I’ve just seen The Division trailer on the PS4. Done. Sold. Next! :-)

    • True fact. The argument with the wife has already started.

    • Aye, exactly. Well said man……I totally agree. ;)

  6. Hold your fire. Sony are being too quiet around second hand games….

    • Precisely. Sony could still quite easily shit on their potential too.

    • But even so, didn’t Yoshida say it was up to the publishers? That means just boycotting EA games or whatever, Sonys first party titles wouldn’t be doing it.

      Unless of course, he was bullshitting. Time will tell I suppose :/

  7. Titanfall looked good, but not good enough to make up for this malarky. No sale MS.

    I love how The Division was being played on a PS4 by Ubisoft. Between that, Witcher 3, Watchdogs, Assasins Creed Black Flag and MGS5 we’re going to get some awesome open world games…. all available on PS4.

  8. In fairness most digital downloads could be considered non-transferable or have no resale value – but hopefully they’re not extending it to retail discs too.
    The arbritation term is a real kick in the face but we still have to wait and see what Sony will require for their T&C..

  9. Can you just see the XBone notices in store at Game, Please read the T&C before you buy as refunds are subject to strict conditions as laid down by the manufacturer.

  10. Watching the feeds. A lot of games used a PS4 type controller. Looking good Sony. Just don’t fuck the price and the 2nd hand market. Please.

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