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Microsoft's Official Statement on Pre-Owned Games

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Brendan Griffiths
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Bullshit, Major Nelson, Pre-owned games, Xbox One

Microsoft's Official Statement on Pre-Owned Games

Microsoft's public mouthpiece, Major Nelson, has provided an official statement on the new Xbox One console and the conflicting reports surrounding how it will handle pre-owned games.

"The ability to trade in and resell games is important to gamers and to Xbox. 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. We will disclose more information in the near future."

What? Sorry dear readers, I'm guessing you thought that with an official statement coming from Microsoft we might finally have some clarification on the issue. So despite many of the recent reports coming from key Microsoft staff, they're wrong? All of them? If MS aren't up to something that gamers will hate regarding playing pre-owned games then why haven't they just come out and said what they are doing? I think we all know the answer to that. It's like when everyone guessed the end of Lost by Season 2 and the writers were all 'nope, nobody's worked it out yet.'

Apparently, we will find out some more details in the 'near future' but will it be too late by then? Exactly how long do Microsoft want to ride this wave of negative press? Sony must be laughing their socks off.

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socialjeebus  May. 26, 2013 at 12:26

In other words "we've seen the poostorm we created and allowed to continue since we announced it and now we're desperately rethinking our pre-owned strategy please give us time to fire the PR dept, rethink our strategy and put our new PR team in place!"

I thought the Wii U announce was terrible but this has been one of the worst marketing / PR disasters in any industry.

CoNr  May. 26, 2013 at 13:35



I thought the Wii U announce was terrible but this has been one of the worst marketing / PR disasters in any industry.



You are an idiot. There have been way bigger fiasco's like when sony got hacked lost around 77 million account details like CC numbers etc and didn't tell anyone for around a month and then disabled the PSN network.

The only people who really care about this are the ones who are too tight fisted to spend an extra £10 on a new title rather than a pre-owned one. Plus thanks to EA who now have online passes the whole resale of their games is pretty non existent, as why pay £30 for a pre owned version of a game, then pay a extra £10 for an online pass when you can just buy the game new for £40... but yet no one has really kicked off about it, but its basically the same deal.

The only problem I can see with the way Sony and MS are handling this whole linking games to profiles to stop trading and piracy is that tournaments for games like street fighter and COD on console are screwed

SugarDog  May. 26, 2013 at 16:51

You are an idiot. There have been way bigger fiasco's like when sony got hacked lost around 77 million account details like CC numbers etc and didn't tell anyone for around a month and then disabled the PSN network.

The only people who really care about this are the ones who are too tight fisted to spend an extra £10 on a new title rather than a pre-owned one...


I don’t think that socialjeebus is an idiot, although you’re quite right that the PSN disaster was on another level. However what’s clear is that you’re a rabid Xbox fanboy with a little bit of troll mixed in. So it’s not Microsoft’s fault for being vague and mendacious but rather gamers for being ‘tight-fisted’?

A good percentage of the games I buy are pre-owned, and that’s not because I can’t afford to buy new, but because it allows me to buy more and different games. Being pre-owned make a game much more impulse purchase friendly, so if I don’t like it I can trade it in again or let it sit on the shelf without too much guilt. If I do like it then I’m much likely to invest in that franchise. If I had to spend full price every time I’d probably only stick to the franchises I felt comfortable with and overall I’d probably spent less.

Also you have to consider that most of the games shops on the high street rely on pre-owned. I was in Game today and at least two thirds of all the games on display were 2nd hand, and of course for CEX it’s 100%. If you get rid of this part of their business I doubt they’d survive, and that would pretty much removing specialist game retailers from the high street. That’s a bigger deal that just screwing a few Street Fighter and COD tournaments!

socialjeebus  May. 26, 2013 at 18:34

Wow...calm down fanboy.

I'm not an idiot. Perhaps I should have made it clearer that I was referring to it being one of the most disastrous launches (I'd have thought you'd have been able to infer that from my referring to the Wii U but hey I'M the idiot!).

The PSN hack was a huge disaster but as much of a PR disaster as it was it was a bigger technical and management failure.

Much like the RRODs, whilst obviously a PR disaster, it was certainly more of technical failure that spun into a PR failure.

The vagueness of the announcement has been simply a PR disaster.

It's not too late to recover but MS need a hell of an E3 where they focus on the gaming aspect of the Xbox One (which I'll probably buy anyway - I own a PS3 and a Xbox 360).

But Sony have smartly steered clear (so far and I'm not entirely convinced it wasn't just an oversight) of the pre-owned games debacle whereas MS have, in attempting to clarify the situation only made the situation even more vague.

My decision to buy a Xbox One will rest solely on the games as my market will almost certainly never get any of the TV features (plus I'm not really interested anyway).

But comparing the PR farce of the Xbox One announcement to the PSN hack (which in itself became a legal nightmare) is like comparing chalk with cheese.

If the rumours of 35 quid preowned activations are true and despite the statements from MS we still don't know whether they are or not as inexplicably they didn't clarify which rumours (and there are many) they were referring to then it's a huge negative in my opinion and it would almost certainly mean I'd get a PS4 first.

I'd also suggest CoNr that before you call people idiots you might want to brush-up on the facts a little:

"Plus thanks to EA who now have online passes the whole resale of their games is pretty non existent, as why pay £30 for a pre owned version of a game, then pay a extra £10 for an online pass when you can just buy the game new for £40... but yet no one has really kicked off about it, but its basically the same deal."

In your rabid obsessions with the new Xbox you must have missed the announcement that EA online passes are no more, no doubt linked to the new pre-owned pricing rumours.

As for me I can afford to buy new titles. However I choose not to for EA or Activision titles as I prefer not to give them my money. I don't play online MP either.

Last edited by socialjeebus, May. 26, 2013 at 18:36
RayPaul  Jun. 1, 2013 at 05:24

At this point I honestly don't care how good the games might be, especially if MS is going to interfere with my ability to sell them off when I'm done. The very idea of requiring online registration of games I have already purchased, effectively requiring me to get the company's permission to use a product that I already own is unacceptable and I will not do it. The fact that they intend to tie that permission to a perishable account with the company's servers that depends on continuing validation support and account maintenance does not help and is also unacceptable. Honestly I don't care about their alleged piracy problems and I am not going to pay them to hand their problems to me. The Kinect thing is a whole different level of creepy and I don't want such a machine in my house. .

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