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Report: Xbox One Used Games Details Clarified [Update 2]



Update 2: Microsoft’s Phil Harrison has provided Kotaku with further details of how used games will work on Xbox One. Here are the details:


But what if you want to bring a game disc to a friend’s house and play there? You’ll have to pay a fee—and not just some sort of activation fee, but the actual price of that game—in order to use a game’s code on a friend’s account. Think of it like a new game, Harrison says.

“The bits that are on that disc, you can give it to your friend and they can install it on an Xbox One,” he said. “They would then have to purchase the right to play that game through Xbox Live.”


However, Harrison went on to add, you will be able to sell your Xbox One games online, so the concept of used games isn’t dead. “We will have a solution—we’re not talking about it today—for you to be able to trade your previously-played games online,” Harrison said.


Update: The Xbox One will support used games, a Microsoft representative has clarified to Polygon. “Xbox One’s support for used games and these other scenarios may not look like they have on previous console generations, and that’s what we’ll be explaining as soon as we’re able,” the spokesperson said.


Original story: All games for Microsoft’s Xbox One must be installed to the game’s hard drive before they can be played, according to a Wired report.


Once a game is installed, if the owner wishes to use the same game disc with a second Xbox One account, he will be able to pay a fee in order to install the game on the other account using the same disc.


As of now, It’s unclear as to how this will fully impact used or rented games, or even games that players lend to their friends.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.