With the Xbox One having just been announced, there have been a lot of rumors flying around regarding used games. Specifically, how the Xbox One will manage the playing and reselling of used titles. Microsoft themselves have been all over the page this past week, giving conflicting reports to different press outlets on matters relating to the Xbox One’s “always online” requirement, the reliance on Kinect, and how it will tackle used games.
While it is hard to say exactly how it will pan out, most rumors seem to suggest that gamers will be able to trade in games and resell them, although games that have been played will be tied to an account. It has been suggested that retailers will have to work in tandem with Microsoft (most likely over some sort of specialized software that connects to a network) to “untie” games, leaving a majority of the profits from reselling games with both Microsoft and the game’s publisher (for the full rundown on how this might work, check out MCV’s detailed report).
It seems like these rumors have made more of an impact than expected, as retail giant Gamestop has seen their stock drop a total of 19% over the last week, with the largest drop occurring after reports surfaced that the company would see lower margins on the reselling of used games.
Microsoft still isn’t giving the full details on how they will handle used games, but you can expect to hear more about it in the coming weeks, as we lead up to this year’s E3.