Microsoft Won’t Charge For Reselling Xbox One Games – But Publishers Can

Ahead of E3 2013, Microsoft released an official statement clarifying some of the most debatable aspects of Xbox One.

In that statement, Microsoft clarified Xbox One used games trading and sharing policy for the first time.

"Trade-in and resell your disc-based gamesToday, some gamers choose to sell their old disc-based games back for cash and credit," the document reads. "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."

"Give your games to friends: 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."

Microsoft is giving publisher to support those features on a per-title basis. "Third party publishers may opt in or out of supporting game resale and may set up business terms or transfer fees with retailers,” the company explained. "Microsoft does not receive any compensation as part of this. In addition, third party publishers can enable you to give games to friends. Loaning or renting games won't be available at launch, but we are exploring the possibilities with our partners."

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Well it's official. The PS4

Well it's official. The PS4 will have no restrictions on used games and they won't require an online authentication method to run. ----- Sony have done the complete opposite to Microsoft on this and instead of creating more restrictive methods for gamers to put up with, they have made it a much more free experience. ------ Lets see how long it takes Microsoft to do a u-turn on the used games issue, and maybe even as far as the online authentication bullshit.

Might be too early to say.

We tend to look at this from the point-of-view of not being able to buy used games, but remember the reverse is true as well, you might not be able to SELL you're games. For me personally, I usually wait for a price drop, buy new, and trade in when I'm done. Won't be able to trade in anymore if this happens. But there is a chance MS might decide not to go through with this if they continue to get the heat from the media as they have been I think. Might be too early to call?


They should just go to that idea of 1 copy 1 Xbox, no more hand me downs, or reselling of used copies. In all seriousness, get a job and this won't effect you, or make you mad. And if you reply to me for any reason except agreeing with me, well... you're probably racist and don't have a job. GET A JOB lol. Here comes Anonymous lol, LOVE IT

Not cool.

Not cool, give the military respect. You don't have to agree of course, but remember were just here on a site chatting about games, the military is the real world, got to respect that you know. I'm not saying agree but at least keep it civil. CAPTCHA: By the seashore.


I personally think that anyone that participates in any of those armed forces groups are paranoid, insecure and partially brain dead... Maybe one day he'll figure it all out, aye...

There is going to be a huge

There is going to be a huge uproar a month or two after launch when yuppies who buy this console to babysit their kids catch on that they need internet access to play games and their kids can't trade games with their friends. YOu watch, the launch is going to be a flop but the retards who do buy it are going to cause an uproar a month or two after they buy it when they realize the bulshat that MS is pulling off.

It's just a cheap cop out by

It's just a cheap cop out by MS isn't it really? ---- It gives them the opportunity to use it as a marketing ploy by saying "It's not us. It's the developers" when various media outlets start jumping all over MS for removing the right to sell goods they own. ---- The thing is, how many developers are there that Microsoft own, or have shares in? ---- It'll be easy for them to say that they aren't responsible as the developers have the choice on charging for the use of used software but behind the scenes, Microsoft will have a good share of the profits. ---- Also, Microsoft say that the developers will have the choice but won't be the publishers that will stand to make more from it? ---- We all know that the main players in charging for used copies of their games will be EA, Microsoft and Activision. Especially when it comes to their flagship titles like Battlefield, Halo and Call of Duty respectively. ----------- It'll be interesting to see what happens in Europe with this new tactic as the European Commission is looking into changing the laws on how software is categorised so it falls into line with current consumer laws. Should the EU commission change the category for software then you will find that this practice of forcing people to pay for a product twice will become illegal leaving Microsoft the choice of making its flagship titles download only, changing the EULA's in order to force people into a new "contractual agreement" for access to Live (which will bring a new case of unfair consumer contracts and cost MS megabucks) or, remove the charge for used games altogether.

People i think its pretty

People i think its pretty obvious .they will bring it in unless those higher up stop them but unfortunately they are only human and are prone to bribes. they will wait till much later in the cycle say when 50-70 million boxes are sold then bring it in .. remember the tech is still inside only would be switched off

thats not really a protest...

thats not really a protest... thats like saying "wow Lamborghini is ******* expensive I'll just go steal a bunch of their cars to show them!" thats just retarded, you clearly just want the games and are cheap. yes its stupid but a real protest is just ignoring the system our right. any press is good press. even if they constantly ***** about people downloading their games it just give them more publicity and in the long run more sales

getting ppl used to it

This might be a strategy to get people to get used to the idea. If MS had gone all the way right now there might have been a massive outcry, but by doing this people will slowly get used to this idea and the next step will be MS doing it themselves and it will be easier to pass. It all goes hand in hand with where the industry is going --> SAAS to make the most money out of the customers.

the cost over serves and the

the cost over serves and the software is used in the download process that stuffs not cheap... which way is cheaper for the company, i couldn't tell you, but there are extra costs with digital that other than just game development costs

Quite right, keeping servers

Quite right, keeping servers worldwide available so people can download a game whenever they buy it isn't cheap. It has to be available from the games release date until at least the day the consoles lifecycle is over.

Nice M$.... pass the buck and

Nice M$.... pass the buck and leave it with the publishers to handle the fall out. The funny thing is, looking at my game collection, I haven't bought a used game in almost 2 years yet I'm still ****** off about this. There isn't even a place to rent games and I'm still ******! The Xbox One is going to be a hard sell. They wont be calling it Xbox One, it will be Xbox None, cause no one wants it. Good luck M$... good luck...


My friend, PC has always been the ideal gaming system. It's only when companies try to pull **** like this that people realize it. P.S... PC FTW!

fak u m$!

fak u m$! i knew you would price fix this!! trying to kill used game market like steam!! we will sell the entire system or trade system with account!! wtf will you do about that??????????? i know stream only console is coming!! at that time i will only watch people play games!! good bye!!!


Killing the used game market like steam? Pc never really had a major used game market, and there really hasn't been a market since early 2000's Steam has actually boosted pc game sales along with other DD based services. The used game market on consoles is causing problems with small to medium sized developers not the huge ones. gamestop make 80% of the profits from used games in which publishers and developers never see a dime.


Shops are middle men, physical media is just a waste of resources, M$ will get away with anything evolution people move along.

**** em all

Sony has been going downhill the last few years honestly i couldn't say i wouldn't have a problem with them matching their competition if it would bring their quality back up but then i am 50/50 as to buying any new consoles as to the simple fact that the technology they're putting in all of them is low-mid spec for a pc not accounting for software optimization still i would wait a year to see what exclusives there are to justify any benefits of owning any console over the cost of a new video card in the same time considering there really are no other benefits except the simplicity of use which i can safely say is not an issue for me,

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