The bizarre situation of the Xbox One’s policy on used games just seems to get stranger and more confusing as the day wears on. In an interview with Kotaku, Microsoft corporate VP Phil Harrison (who used to work for Sony,) revealed some more details regarding Microsoft’s attempt to curb used games sales.
According to Kotaku, each Xbox One game will come with a one-time use activation code that you’ll need to enter when you install the game onto your system. If you want to install that game on a different system — say, if you take the game to a friend’s house or give the disc to somebody else — they’ll need to purchase the rights to access the game before they can play it. Kotaku asked Harrison if the price of activating the second installation would be the same as buying a new game, and he replied with “”Let’s assume it’s a new game, so the answer is yes, it will be the same price.”
When asked about used games on Xbox One, Harrison said “”We will have a solution—we’re not talking about it today—for you to be able to trade your previously-played games online.”
Presumably, Harrison means that you will be able to remove a game from your Xbox Live account and receive some sort of compensation for it, though he doesn’t specify whether you’ll get your money back, or if you’ll simply be reimbursed with Microsoft points or another game.
The whole used game situation on Xbox One has been incredibly bizarre, and Microsoft has already issued a number of contradictory statements regarding their plans for the system. Unfortunately, this snafu about used games has drawn attention away from the games that were revealed today and the new system itself, and what should have been a celebratory day for Microsoft is quickly turning into a PR disaster. Here’s hoping they clear this mess up (and back-track on this online activation bullshit) before E3 rolls around.