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Don't expect Microsoft to back down on its plans relating to Xbox One used game sales and online check-ins, Microsoft studios boss Phil Spencer has told CVG.

"We wanted to set our definitive policy in black and white terms on Xbox Wire, which we did last week. That's our policy," he said.

That's not to say this won't change over time.

"When we first shipped the Xbox 360 the idea of a Netflix didn't exist," he explained. "That robustness that we see in the digital marketplace around content wasn't there. Free-to-play wasn't a way that people bought games.

"And through the life of 360 there have been policy changes and Marketplace changes that have responded to consumer demand, creator demand and what's happening in the marketplace.

"These systems evolve. We're a software company. If you think about the amount of times we changed the operating system on 360 – it was a number of times. But we wanted to set our policy as it is for Xbox One in clear terms so that there wasn't ambiguity in what our stance was. That was our intent." Analysis

Whilst Microsoft has been clear that unless you connect the Xbox One to the internet once every 24 hours you'll be cut off from playing games, the situation regarding used game sales remains murky and could vary from publisher to publisher.

Source: CVG

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BrySkye@ Frankenstein

They are stuck in a bit of a corner now.

Reversing the policy at this point would be one of the biggest and most embarrassing u-turns in gaming history.
It'll make Sony's stance on force feedback when the PS3 launched look completely trivial.

That's not to say it can't happen, but I feel the Xbox team at MS are just too proud of themselves to go back on what they've been saying.
Even though what they have been saying has been a mess of confusion.
Posted 21:42 on 14 June 2013
Frankenstein's Avatar


Yeah but in reality it's not MS that's making all these no used content demands. The developers are telling MS what they want and the Xbox is more than willing to oblige. There's is already signs that they are caving on this stuff and Microsoft will probably change policy if they let them. That whole online check in thing though.... I don't even know what's up with that.
Posted 21:37 on 14 June 2013
AussieApathy's Avatar


If stuff like this keeps up, Microsoft may not have a "games" console by 2015, since no developer will produce games for such a small market.
Posted 06:13 on 14 June 2013
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alphafour@ GingerMessiah

Yeah erm... Windows XP... I can't think of anything else.
Posted 02:01 on 14 June 2013
Endless's Avatar


A better way of doing this might have been that you have to manually deactivate your games before you can trade them in yourself. Shop you trade them in at checks the 'database' and transfers your ownership to themselves ready to be handed on to the next punter.

No 24 hour check ins to keep your licence policy up to date, no restrictions on re-sale.
Posted 22:34 on 13 June 2013
CheekyLee's Avatar


Well, that's perfectly fine. Then I have no plans to reverse my "Not buying an Xbox One" policy.
Posted 19:50 on 13 June 2013
GingerMessiah's Avatar


It's a real shame that Microsoft have chosen this route! Although I am reluctant to support their decisions I refuse to label them as a company who focus primarily on gaining money as opposed to caring for their consumers. Microsoft have, on numerous occasions, produced quality products.
Posted 19:21 on 13 June 2013
TenBensons's Avatar


MS deserve nothing short of total failure.
Posted 17:02 on 13 June 2013
1tch's Avatar


Hackers have more of a chance taking down PSN.
Posted 16:23 on 13 June 2013
AlecRoss's Avatar


it's really sad that this is taking precedence for a lot of people. There were some really great games shown at E3 - let's talk about them!
Posted 16:17 on 13 June 2013
rico_rico's Avatar


I hope hackers will hack x1 in the first month on sale to just laugh on ms and they're 24 hours check in
Posted 16:13 on 13 June 2013
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