2. How Will Used Games Work?
We know the Xbox One will require Kinect, and game discs will require mandatory game installs to the 500GB hard drive, but will the console support used games?
If you believe Wired's exclusive look at the Xbox One, then Microsoft will charge a fee to each person who tries to install a game disc after the original owner.
Meanwhile, Larry "Major Nelson" Hyrb, Microsoft's director of programming for Xbox Live, has failed to clear up the confusion, only providing the following on his blog:
"The ability to trade in and resell games is important to gamers and to Xbox. Xbox One is designed to support the trade in and resale of games. Reports about our policies for trade in and resale are inaccurate and incomplete. We will disclose more information in the near future."
That said, MCV reports retailers will only be allowed to sell used Xbox One games if they've "agreed to Microsoft's T&Cs and more importantly integrated Microsoft's cloud-based Azure pre-owned system into its own." From there, approved shops can then reportedly sell used Xbox One games at whatever price they want, but this time around, Microsoft and the game publisher will get a percentage of that second-hand sale.
We'll likely hear more news at E3 in a few weeks, but man, way to clear the air with more nothing.