So Microsoft has walked a very tight rope here and while they may think they can avoid the wrath of players they won’t. Today they revealed two key pieces of information about trading your Xbox One games or lending them out to friends. Check them out below:
- 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.
- Give your games to friends: Xbox One is designed so game publishers can enable you to give your disc-based games to your friends. There are no fees charged as part of these transfers. There are two requirements: you can only give them to people who have been on your friends list for at least 30 days and each game can only be given once.
So let’s take a look at both of these. The first one basically says that on the Xbox One, the game publisher gets to decide where and if you can trade in your games. The second one says that game publishers can also decide whether or not a game can be given to your friends but you can only lend them to folks that have been on your friends list for at least 30 days and you can only give it once. So to me this is the worst scenario possible.
I’ve paid my hard-earned money for something and someone else gets to decide how and when I can relieve myself of it? Since when has that ever been something that folks would go for? It would be one thing if we were talking digital but they are talking about disc people, physical disc. So let’s say you buy X game and then decide it sucks, if the publisher doesn’t allow trade-in, resell, or giving, then you are pretty much stuck with a crappy game. I am honestly in shock at this. I’m sorry but to me this along with the connectivity thing ends the console war on next gen before it ever starts. As long as Sony doesn’t come out with similar ridiculous policies, when it comes to next gen the PS4 is the obvious choice. I don’t know who’s advising Microsoft that they can push this kind of crap and consumers will eventually accept it. People can be conditioned to a lot of things but when a comparable alternative that exist at a comparable price point without all the restrictions then it becomes really no choice at all.
Microsoft needs to realize this is a bad bet and change course ASAP because as of right now I could never recommend the Xbox One to anyone. It seems at times that our liberty is being attacked from all fronts, but gaming was supposed to be sacred. I’m sorry, I can’t willingly agree to have someone else be able to decide when and if I can sell a piece of physical property that I paid my money for and obtained legally. I’ll admit I was a PlayStation guy to start but I’m not totally against Xbox. All I know is that with this latest news, it will be a cold day in hell before Microsoft gets my money for anything gaming related.