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... 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. Third party publishers may opt in or out of supporting game resale and may set up business terms or transfer fees with retailers... In addition, third party publishers can enable you to give games to friends. Loaning or renting games won’t be available at launch, but we are exploring the possibilities with our partners.[Emphasis Added]
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wow, Microsoft better pull their heads out. i'm leaning more towards the ps4 this gemeration
PS4 could turn out just as bad. Hopefully not.
Microsoft is not selling this machine to NEW customers, They are selling this machine to their Millions of Xbox Live gold customers, this is obvious by the online check in requirement. Those who already are XBL Gold subscribers have already proven that they have pretty reliable connections and that they are pretty tollerent to the need to connect to MS servers to access services that they could actually access for free on any of their other connected devices. MS logs the activity on their networks for reliability and to determine how many machines are actually online which is how they can gauge the amount of new servers they need to provide the services for the XB1 and XB360. If they were actively going after new customers then there would be no online check in requirement or crazy rules to trade /lend /sell games. If MS was smart they would allow you to lend / trade games with friends the way the nook allows you to trade ebooks with friends and selling them should be just as easy hell Gamestop could have a "Channel on xbl to sell / trade your games, once done with the transaction you just turn in your disc to the nearest store or they send you a "netflix type" envelope and you ship the game back problem solved. All of this could make life easy as pie for a new customer but nope MS isnt looking for you new guy, they just want the already confirmed revenue stream that they believe they have secured through the people who stuck with them throughout the last generation that also have xblgold. Those people should actually have a reduced price machine given all they paid in XBL dues over the past 8 yrs. Oh and as a active duty Marine I can say that this machine will suck when it comes to deployments, but when do U.S. tech companies give a rats ass about the Military ? Oh thats right they dont we dont buy enough of their products to make a mark in their spreadsheets. Oh well Looks like Sony is gonna finally find a place in my house. That is unless they follow the same route. In which case Ill stick to the systems I already own. Which seems to be the way most people will likely go anyway and the reason MS is going to continue to support XB360 for at least another 2-3yrs.
Sadly the PS4 is probably going to be near identical, these limitations are usually pushed by the big publishers and developers and the console makers have no choice but to keep them happy, you can bet Activision, EA and other big guns wanted this and neither console wants to risk losing their games.
Older consumers will complain for awhile but the younger generation will grow accustomed to it and never know the difference.
And by next gen this "family sharing" will be the great evil that must be done away with.
If PS4 simply eliminates these controversial limitations then their sales should skyrocket. It would take an epic screw up on Sony's side to lose this generation of console wars. But I wouldn't put it past them...
If PS4 comes out with similar restrictions, is there another alternative? PC Gaming?
"This has just become Sony's race to win"
Actually Sony is a player on the same stage, and it's not console sales that brings the cash in and it is not them making the rules. "Content is king" they said and so it is. It is all about IP and copyrights and we can have a similar discussion about music or movies, ebooks.
Good. I'm glad. I hope ps4 jumps on board with these ridiculous restrictions and the world can return to PC gaming.
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