Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One earlier this week, but there were many questions surrounding the new console that the company stopped short of answering. Price and availability are two particularly important aspects that haven't yet been addressed, but another big question mark hangs over Microsoft's policy on used games for the Xbox One.
With Microsoft remaining frustratingly tight-lipped on the matter, there's been a great deal of speculation over the last few days regarding the company's plans in that area. It was initially reported by some outlets that Microsoft intends to introduce a 'reactivation fee' of sorts, an unspecified amount that would be payable to disassociate a game from the account ID of its original user, so that the next buyer could use it with their account. Xbox Support quickly denied those reports as inaccurate, but stopped short of disclosing any further details.
So far, the company has only stated that it will "have more details to share later", leaving gamers and tech pundits to rampantly speculate about exactly what Microsoft's policies will be. Sadly, Microsoft has decided that the best way to address this speculation isn't full disclosure, but instead to simply reiterate that what many have so far reported on the matter is wrong.
Microsoft's Larry Hyrb - aka 'Major Nelson' - posted an official statement today to that effect:
The ability to trade in and resell games is important to gamers and to Xbox. Xbox One is designed to support the trade in and resale of games. Reports about our policies for trade in and resale are inaccurate and incomplete. We will disclose more information in the near future."
Unfortunately, that doesn't clear things up at all - but it does at least indicate that whatever horror stories the interwebs have so far come up with surrounding used games policies for the Xbox One are wide of the mark.
Source: Major Nelson | Image via Microsoft