Microsoft looking at digital games trading for the Xbox One

September 4, 2013 by Staff - Leave a comment


The ability to trade digital games is something that many a gamer would love to see become reality. Not only would it give them a chance to pass on old, completed and/or un-loved games onto others, but the cash you could get from trading would be nice to have too (more games!).

Up until now it hasn’t really been considered. Neither the Xbox One or PS4 will support it at launch, and of course in the PC market using a platform like STEAM, the games you purchase are locked to your account for life.

However all that could be set to change with Microsoft’s Albert Penello telling Gamespot that they are actively looking at the issue and will even enable it “when the time right”!

I think we need to do that. That has to be part of the experience.

Talking about the now defuct Family Sharing program that was initially scheduled to launch with the Xbox One (and was pulled because of the backlash – many gamers viewed it as too restrictive), Penello said

That was one of the places that we were actually trying to pioneer. We were trying to implement the ability to trade [and] loan digital games with your friends which is something that no one else was doing.

All this is great news. If Microsoft can manage to strike a balance somewhere between what they initially tried to introduce with the Family Sharing program and a trading free-for-all (publishers wouldn’t be too happy) then they might have a shot at keeping most people happy and truly ushering in the era of digital gaming.

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FAQ: X1 internet check-ins, Kinect privacy & game licensing

June 6, 2013 by Staff - 3 Comments


Via the official Xbox Wire, Microsoft has finally come out and told us more or less exactly how game licensing, connectivity requirements, and Kinect privacy will work on the Xbox One (X1). Here’s what you need to know:

Game Licensing

  • Buy any game via digital (Xbox Live) or disc on the day of release.
  • No disc required to play any game – everything is stored in the cloud and accessed through your login (ie play your games at your friends house on his console with your login – hourly internet check-in required for this though).
  • Anyone can play games on your console (regardless of who they are logged in as).
  • Up to ten members of your household can access your “shared games library” from any console at any time using their login.
  • Renting and loaning of games is not possible at launch, but Microsoft is looking at introducing this later.
  • You will be able to trade-in games, but this will be entirely up to the publisher and only at “participating retailers”. There are no fees charged by Microsoft for this (but publishers could).

Internet Connectivity Requirements

  • Your console will “check-in” with Microsoft every 24 hours over the internet. If you can’t or don’t do this, you can’t play offline or online games.
  • If you are playing on a friend’s console with your login (ie to access your games library) then the X1 must check-in over the internet every one hour.

Kinect and Privacy

  • If your X1 is turned on and you are having a conversation with someone, the conversation is not being recorded or uploaded.
  • When your X1 is turned off, the Kinect is only listening for the command “Xbox on” to turn the console back on. This feature can be disabled.
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