Skip to main content

Details of Xbox One Used Game Costs Leak

The missing link in Microsoft's Xbox One announcement last week was definitely the handling of used games. Rumour has followed rumour, with suggestions that Microsoft will charge gamers anything from nothing to full price to activate pre-owned games on their systems.

Now gaming sites are starting to report that games publishers are leaking the agreements reached with Microsoft; and that the pre-owned market will take on a slightly more favourable hue for all concerned.

As things stand, retailers take all the profit from a resold second-game. Its a lucrative market and probably the thing that has kept most retailers afloat in the face of massive competition from online retailers and supermarkets.

In future the retailers when retailers buy a second-hand game from a customer they will have to register the purchase with Microsoft - at a cost - and the game will be removed from the associated Xbox Live account.

There is no cost to the customer buying or selling the game - although of course in order to retain its profit margin the retailer is likely to split the fee between the seller and purchaser of the used game. At least the fee will be hidden from both parties.

Microsoft will split the charge with the games publisher so in future we should see no more examples of the practise of including one time use codes with new games.

With all the negatives that surrounded the launch of the Xbox One, I'm surprised that Microsoft didn't make at least a mention of this to assuage the fears of its customers.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

F1: Robert Kubica Impresses In Renault Test Run

The car may be old but its the performance of the driver that's the story here. Robert Kubica returned to F1, after a fashion, earlier this week with an extensive test run in a 2012 Lotus Renault F1 car at Valencia.
The age of the car and the circuit were likely determined by F1's current rules which ban testing, but the reason for Kubica being in the car is far more interesting. Considered by many to be a potential World Champion and certainly one of the fastest drivers of his generation, Kubica's F1 career seemed to be over after a 2011 crash whilst driving in the Rally of Andora. His Skoda Fabia was penetrated by a guardrail in the high speed accident partially severing his right arm.
Up until last year Kubica has been competing in rallying, with the expectation that the limited movement in his repaired arm would prohibit a return to single seater racing.
So this week's test is both interesting and confusing. Interesting because Kubica completed 115 laps of the ret…

F1: Robert Kubica's Williams Test Asks More Questions Than It Answers

Comparing driver's times at a tyre evaluation test like last week's Abu Dhabi event is difficult at the best of times, but when trying to assess the performance of a driver who has been out of the sport for six years, that difficulty level is raised even higher.
On the face of it Robert Kubica's test for Williams was a success. Fastest of the three Williams drivers present the headlines look promising. However, taking into consideration the different tyres used to set those times muddies the water considerably.
Kubica ran a three lap qualifying simulation on the new 'hyper-soft' tyre - which should have given him a two-second advantage. Correcting for tyres it would appear that Kubica was significantly slower than Sergei Sorotkin - who was on the harder 'soft' tyre - and marginally quicker than Lance Stroll, the team's only contracted driver.

Stroll's family fortune currently funds Williams, so there' no chance that he will be anywhere but in a…

Panos Panay's Defence Of Microsoft Surface Hardware Sounds Eerily Familiar

This weekend I went out with my ten year old daughter to select a laptop for her school year beginning in January. The schools requirements are quite specific, requiring a Windows 10 device, with a preference for a touchscreen and a stylus. She chose a Surface Pro, after trying a large number of different options. Having seen the way I use my own Surface Pro - and tried it herself there was only ever going to be two options - and the other was a Surface Laptop.
I tell you this so that you understand I am a buyer of Microsoft's products through choice, not compulsion. I'm on my third Surface device now. 
So when Panos Panay dismissed reports of the death of the Surface hardware line, I was very interested to see exactly how strong these denials were. Especially how they reflect what has gone before. To whit: Windows 10 Mobile.
Panay claimed that Microsoft is in hardware for the long haul. Almost exactly mirroring the words of Terry Myerson, when he claimed Windows Mobile was g…