So last night was the big reveal for the next Xbox console. Or as it is now called, the Xbox One. It looks like a decent console with some great tech. Including the ability to keep second hand games locked away from consumers. Unless you pony up some cash that is.
Microsoft confirmed to Wired via CVG that the Xbox One will require mandatory installs onto the hard drive, and that if players want to swap games or play a title belonging to a friend, it’s going to cost them.
“On the new Xbox, all game discs are installed to the HDD to play,” a Microsoft representative told Wired. Once a disc has been installed onto the hard drive, it’s going to be tied to that specific console for life.
What follows naturally from this is that each disc would have to be tied to a unique Xbox Live account, else you could take a single disc and pass it between everyone you know and copy the game over and over. Since this is clearly not going to happen, each disc must then only install for a single owner.
Microsoft did say that if a disc was used with a second account, that owner would be given the option to pay a fee and install the game from the disc, which would then mean that the new account would also own the game and could play it without the disc.
There’s no word yet from Microsoft how much this fee will cost players who prefer second-hand games over brand new copies. Microsodft’s Phil Harrison has, however, confirmed to Kotaku that you’ll still be able to sell your used games.
”We will have a solution—we’re not talking about it today—for you to be able to trade your previously-played games online,” Harrison said.
Unfortunately, it seems that the fee to activate the licence on newly released second hand games will be the same as buying it new.
“The bits that are on that disc, you can give it to your friend and they can install it on an Xbox One,” Harrison said. “They would then have to purchase the right to play that game through Xbox Live.”
“They would be paying the same price we paid, or less?” Kotaku asked.
“Let’s assume it’s a new game, so the answer is yes, it will be the same price.”
Last Updated: May 22, 2013