Xbox One owners look unlikely to face any fees for buying or selling used games on Xbox One.
That seems to be the message in a new set of statements issued by Microsoft tonight.
Today, some gamers choose to sell their old disc-based games back for cash and credit,” it reads. We designed Xbox One so game publishers can enable you to trade in your games at participating retailers. Microsoft does not charge a platform fee to retailers, publishers, or consumers for enabling transfer of these games.”
Is there an element of ambiguity there? ... so game publishers can enable you to trade in your games at participating retailers.” Does that mean they can choose not to enable it? Do they have an opt-in or opt-out with Microsoft? And participating retailers – does that mean those signed up to Microsoft's cloud licence service? Or any store that sells pre-owned?
Xbox One is designed so game publishers can enable you to give your disc-based games to your friends,” it adds. There are no fees charged as part of these transfers. There are two requirements: you can only give them to people who have been on your friends list for at least 30 days and each game can only be given once.”
So, you can give games away once? And there will be no fee if giving to someone who has been on your Friends List for a month. And if they haven't?
Microsoft also says that anyone can play any game installed on any machine and up to ten members of a family can share access to a single games library. Players will also be able to play games they own from another Xbox One console provided the log in and download the software. Furthermore, this can occur with one other family member still playing the same game on the parent machine.
It seems we're getting there. But we're not there quite yet. And with Microsoft cancelling their meeting with vast swathes of the press at E3, who knows when we'll have the full answers.
What has been more or less cleared up are the machine's online requirements.
With Xbox One you can game offline for up to 24 hours on your primary console, or one hour if you are logged on to a separate console accessing your library,” Microsoft says. Offline gaming is not possible after these prescribed times until you re-establish a connection, but you can still watch live TV and enjoy Blu-ray and DVD movies.”
Microsoft has also confirmed that users will have full control over what Kinect can track, when it can track and what – if any – data is sent back to Microsoft.