Xbox One used game policy clarified

Xbox One used game policy clarified
Seth Tipps

By Seth Tipps

May 22nd 2013 at 7:55AM

Larry Hryb acknowledges 'confusion,' but offers small explanation of pre-owned restrictions

Microsoft has attempted to clarify the restrictions the Xbox One places on used games.

As revealed earlier today, the new console will require a fee to activate pre-owned games.

This is similar to "online pass" that EA required until last week, and many have suggested there is a link between the appearance of the former and cancellation of the latter.

While few details have been offered about Microsoft's pre-owned fee, Xbox Live's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb has forwarded his own clarifications on his official blog.

"We know there is some confusion around used games on Xbox One and wanted to provide a bit of clarification on exactly what we’ve confirmed today," he wrote.

"While there have been many potential scenarios discussed, today we have only confirmed that we designed Xbox One to enable our customers to trade in and resell games at retail."

"Beyond that, we have not confirmed any specific scenarios."

Earlier statements from Microsoft state that games will have to be installed to the console's HDD and will be tied to a user's Xbox Live account.

While Hryb didn't go into much more detail, he did say it would be possible to play any purchased game for free on a friend's Xbox, provided the user was logged into the account on which the game was activated.

"Another piece of clarification around playing games at a friend’s house," said Hryb, "should you choose to play your game at your friend’s house, there is no fee to play that game while you are signed in to your profile.