More Grist For The Rumour Mill
The Xbox One reveal event didn't manage to clear up many of the rumours we've been debating for months (and in fact made many more unclear), but Microsoft's strategy surrounding pre-owned games may be getting slightly less hazy. According to two new reports, Microsoft and game publishers will be guaranteed a cut from pre-owned retailers, but the activation fee for secondary licenses will cost the best part of £40.
First up: Consoledeals, who have reportedly gotten an update from a senior source at a major UK retailer. They purport that retailers will be forced to sell used games at a paltry 10% discount on the original RRP, while unlocking additional licenses for other accounts will cost in the region of £35. If true, this will create a fundamental shift in used game pricing, and probably make Xbox One titles much more attractive to buy new since the massive gulf between used and new games will no longer exist.
MCV also claims that stockists have been thoroughly briefed on the pre-owned situation, and will need to give a cut of each sale back to Microsoft and the game's publisher. Apparently participating retailers will have to run Microsoft's Azure framework, with games registering as 'traded in' and subsequently wiped from the user's account when handed over.
Microsoft offered up the following statement on the matter: " We know there is some confusion around used games on Xbox One and wanted to provide a bit of clarification on exactly what we’ve confirmed.
“While there have been many potential scenarios discussed, we have only confirmed that we designed Xbox One to enable our customers to trade in and resell games at retail. Beyond that, we have not confirmed any specific scenarios. Another piece of clarification around playing games at a friend’s house – should you choose to play your game at your friend’s house, there is no fee to play that game while you are signed in to your profile."
Note that both of these reports are source-based and unverified. I genuinely thought that we could stop dealing with reports and rumours by now, but hey, all publicity is good publicity for Microsoft... right? We'll naturally let you know when firm details are forthcoming.