On Thursday, Microsoft laid out the licensing framework for new and used games on its upcoming Xbox One console which include the right of purchasers of physical discs to resell them through retailers without being charged a platform fee.\.
As a publisher of games for its Xbox One hardware, Microsoft will allow players to trade in their games at “participating retailers” without anyone having to pay an extra fee said part of the statement.
“Trade-in and resell your disc-based games: Today, some gamers choose to sell their old disc-based games back for cash and credit. 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.”
But Microsoft also said that game publishers themselves would be able to disallow reselling of their games or to negotiate separate terms with retail stores that do involve the payments of “transfer fees.
“Loaning or renting” games won’t be possible when Xbox One launches, although it might down the line.
Xbox One owners will also be able to give games they’ve purchased to friends and share their own access to games they’ve purchased with others. However, you can only give a game to someone who has been on your Xbox Live friends list for 30 days, and each copy of a game can only exchange hands once. No passing a single game around a group of people or getting it back later: Each transfer is permanent and exhausts the possibility of further transfer.
Any games installed on an Xbox One will be playable by anyone given access to the console by its owner. But Xbox One owners will also be able to access any games they own on any other Xbox One they log onto, Microsoft said.
What’s more, Xbox One owners will be able to give that same console-neutral full game library to up to ten family members. Microsoft said this service won’t be disrupted if family members are playing shared games concurrently on different consoles.
As the company previously revealed, games for the Xbox One will be made available both in physical disc form and as downloadable files accessible through Microsoft’s Xbox Live store.
Both physical and digital copies of purchased games will be automatically stored for Xbox One users, both locally on the console itself and in the cloud.