Major Nelson calls reports about Xbox One used game policy “inaccurate and incomplete”
Apparently the reports flying around about Xbox One's used game restrictions are inaccurate and incomplete. We're not yet sure if Microsoft has realizes that they were the ones providing the information for those reports.
Since the Xbox One was revealed to the world on May 21st, it seems like there has been almost nothing but bad news coming out regarding one of the many new policies or forms of DRM that Microsoft will be implementing with its next generation console.
One of those policies is intends to stop the usage of used games by forcing players to pay a fee in order to be able to play the used game that they bought. The kicker is that the “fee” was said to be the price of the full game itself, essentially rendering the whole transaction of acquiring a used game meaningless.
Microsoft continues to either attempt to clarify the situation and fail miserably by only complicating things further, or sidestepping the whole thing altogether rather than offering a straight answer for everyone to go with. Major Nelson, after emphasizing the importance of trading in and reselling games, has now been quoted as saying that the "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.”
Once again, he provides no clarification on what will or will not be the case. The worst part is these so called “inaccurate” reports are using information that has been provided from Microsoft themselves, so it’s hard to take his statement very seriously. Now there are rumors that perhaps when you trade in a game, retailers will be the ones who pay the fee so when you buy a used game from a store like Gamestop, you won’t have to pay anything on your end.
The obvious downside there is that it would still eliminate the private sales market as well as the ability to just share games with your friends and family. Not only that but it might drive the price of used games upward if retailers want to make up some of that money. Microsoft has been getting a lot of flak for some of their decisions with the Xbox One, and it seems very well deserved. The only hope is that the noise is loud enough to make them reconsider, because this is all one big slippery slope that no gamer wants to be a part of.