Published on June 7th, 2013 | by APant10
Xbox One: Used Games, Internet Checks, and More
After a few weeks of waffling, Microsoft has released a statement about what the Xbox One can and can’t do in terms of reselling games and playing offline. It helps to think of the system as a PC rather than a console, since having a physical game disc really doesn’t matter, it’s all about whose account is licensed to play.
- The system will need to perform an internet check once every 24 hours. If you’re not online, you can’t play games, period. TV and movies are OK.
- All games need to be installed on the hard drive, but you can play as soon as the installation starts.
- If you buy a game, you can sign in to your Live account and play it from any Xbox One, but then it will need to do an internet check once an hour. So if a friends come to your house, they can play their own games on your console.
- If a friend goes on your console, they can play your games while they’re there.
- If you buy a game, up to 10 “family members” get that game too. Microsoft didn’t elaborate on how that works, but I think some of my friends just became family members. It did somewhat cryptically say ” any one of your family members can be playing from your shared library at a given time,” but not more than one. My guess is you and your older brother can play together, but your little brother is out of luck until one of you quits.
- All disc-based games will also be available as downloadable on the same day.
- You can sell your license to a game to a store. This will remove it from your game library, as if you sold the disc. Microsoft says they don’t charge a fee for it, but publishers can.
- If a publisher allows it, you can give games to friends, as long as they’ve been on your friends list for more than 30 days. A game can only be given once, no re-gifting.
- The Kinect needs to be plugged in, but it can be disabled, and Microsoft says they will ask before personal data leaves your console.
Where does that leave us? Well, it turns out the leaks and rumors from the games media were all pretty much correct. If you don’t like it, remember that the strongest vote you have is your wallet. What you buy determines where things will go.