Microsoft details used games policies for the Xbox One

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Microsoft has clarified what will and won't be allowed when it comes to used Xbox One games. Reselling is in — but loaning is out.

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While previously, Microsoft had stated that used games would be playable on the upcoming Xbox One, just what its policies would be surrounding game resales was not clear. Well, we can stop wondering. Microsoft has revealed the rules about used games, and while, yes, games can be resold, the rest is not pretty.

Owners of games can give their games away — but each game can only be given once. And loaning games to friends will not be allowed at all.

Microsoft stated on its website:

Xbox One is designed so game publishers can enable you to give your disc-based games to your friends. There are no fees charged as part of these transfers. There are two requirements: you can only give them to people who have been on your friends list for at least 30 days, and each game can only be given once.

Games publishers will have some say in this — third-party publishers can enable you to give games to friends — although whether the "once only" restriction still applies is not clear. At this point, it is probably safest to assume that they will. CNET Australia contacted Microsoft for clarification; the company could only tell us, "The blog posts on Xbox Wire detail everything we can share today. We look forward to sharing more details in the months ahead."

However — at launch, at least — borrowing games from mates will be prohibited. "Loaning or renting games won't be available at launch, but we are exploring the possibilities with our partners," Microsoft said.

On the other hand, buying used games is definitely on the table, with the guidelines stating:

Today, some gamers choose to sell their old disc-based games back for cash and credit. 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.

Again, publishers will be able to choose whether to enable reselling their titles; whether they will receive compensation for the resale of their games is again unclear.

The company also released details about the internet connectivity requirements for the console. While it doesn't, in fact, require players to be always online, gamers will only be able to play for 24 hours offline, after which connectivity will have to be re-established in order to continue playing. So, while internet dropouts shouldn't be too much of a hassle, internet is absolutely necessary.

Microsoft did note that these guidelines may be subject to change. "As we move into this new generation of games and entertainment, from time to time, Microsoft may change its policies, terms, products and services to reflect modifications and improvements to our services, feedback from customers and our business partners or changes in our business priorities and business models or for other reasons. We may also cease to offer certain services or products for similar reasons," the company said.

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ADSLNerd posted a comment   

I'd love someone to test the illegalities of this and how many legal requirements this breaks especially with the new Consumer Laws to "protect" consumers - examples below:-

1. Most people never read the full terms of the agreement, either due to being lazy or not understanding the legal terms – I understand all of it.

2. The legitimacy of the EULA agreements has been and should be challenged, as I am sure they are not 100% completely legally binding, especially with the advent of new consumer laws. Just because its an agreement, does not mean its fully legal.

3. These EULA agreements cannot apply worldwide due to the vast differences in consumer law – so the one size fits all approach does not work.

4. Some states of Australia are Corporations, and therefore these Agreements, are not valid under contract law and not enforceable.

Additionally: If the consumer cannot comprehend the written contract, or agrees in jest but to accept it to play the game without full understanding, this is an invalid contract as it has not been fully read and understood. Contract Law dictates this agreement would be null and void, and therefore has no effect whatsoever. The term "Deemed" or "Deeming" is also not legally enforceable under Contract Law either. I also believe under Contract Law and the new Australian Consumer Law, the customer has to be provided with a copy of the contract as well – to my knowledge none of these companies provide you a copy upon agreement. Also, no EULA can override Australian Consumer Law (aka TPA), and cannot overrule any laws of the Commonwealth of Australia.


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YanaB posted a reply   

well, that is a shame isn't it


RichardE1 posted a comment   

So, it will be just like buying Microsoft Office or an XP COA?! I feel like I saw this coming. Horrible corporation.


GabrielM1 posted a comment   

As far as I'm concerned that's yet an other game breaker. I love to take my games to a friends and play together. Now we are restricted and that isn't cool.

And if I go to the cottage and to play with this consul I can't because I don't have internet there and it requires me to be online at lease once per 24 hrs


RichardE1 posted a reply   

Suddenly, the Wii U doesn't sound so bad. Am I right?


DanielC9 posted a comment   

This is a bad marketing decision for both Xbox One and PS4 (don’t think PS4 is different, they’ll have the same restrictions). The Xbox One is definitely the better console as far as graphics and games are concerned. This is the perfect time for another company to release a new console without all these restrictions and clean the market up to force MS and Sony to rethink their money hungry efforts. I am a big Xbox fan and this will make me stick with the 360. If MS doesn’t listen to the consumer and drop this nonsense, then they will look a lot of even loyal customers, this goes for the PS4 also.


YohanB posted a comment   

well don't have to tell them. so screw them! its all about money.. they are all greedy.


ChesterS posted a comment   

Good job, Microsoft, for figuring out a way to tell us what we can do with our own property. If a friend of mine wants to borrow my game, I should absolutely be able to do that, with no restrictions whatsoever. The game is mine, to do as I please with. This policy alone of telling consumers what they can and cannot do with their own property is a real turnoff. Looks like I'll be buying a PS4.


MikeO2 posted a reply   

I agree, but read the fine print on all your games. You've never owned them, they are licensed to you.

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