Xbox One Reveal: It’s Confimed, Microsoft Will Charge A Tax For Second-Hand Games
Oh Microsoft, you nearly had me. I was ecstatic after the Xbox One reveal last night, a reveal that started receiving a lot of negative feedback very quickly after it ended. Thing is, it was fine that hardly no games were actually shown off, what with E3 being right around the corner and all. But this is something Microsoft chose to leave out of the reveal event, and I’m sure I know why.
In the mess of confusion that followed in a Q&A after the event, we finally got a solid answer as to whether or not the Xbox One would block used titles. Short answer, no it won’t, but the reality is a lot more frightening. A rumour last night suggested that games would be linked to one account and one only, meaning that gamers with multiple accounts on their Xbox for siblings would have to re-purchase the game just to activate it on that separate account. That’s been revealed as wrong, but it’s not that far off either.
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Yes, games will be linked to Xbox LIVE accounts, but through the use of parent controls users with more than one account on a single console will be able to activate the game for other profiles. Good, because that was sounding ridiculous for moment there.
Microsoft also mentioned plans in place to allow gamers to sell and trade games online via the Xbox One, which sounds like a really awesome idea at first. However, Microsoft then also confirmed that they will charge a fee on games used on other accounts not linked to it, meaning that second-hand games will now come with a tax. And not just a small online fee type tax either,. Reports suggest that Microsoft could charge the full retail price for you to use the game on another account, effectively making second-hand sales outside of their planned trading system useless.
“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.”
“The bits that are on that disc, you can give it to your friend and they can install it on an Xbox One. They would then have to purchase the right to play that game through Xbox Live.”
It’s something all of us have been dreading for a long time now, and if completely true this could end up being more detrimental for Microsoft than the second-hand industry. Also say goodbye to a world where you could borrow games too. Microsoft has yet to details their system for trading and selling games online, so not all hope is lost…yet.