Microsoft has released information regarding some of the many questioned policies revealed at the Xbox One conference.
- Internet Connection Required with a check-in every 24 hours and a one hour check-in when playing on a friend’s console
- Without Check-in you are not allowed to play games but can use the other functions of the console
- Regarding Used Games – Trade-in of games are possible with “participating retailers” – Transfer Fee Included – Third party publishers may opt in or out of supporting game resale and may set up business terms or transfer fees with retailers
- Anyone can play games on the console to which the game is registered to
- You are able to give your games to your friends but with 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 – No Loans or Renting of Games at Launch
- 10 Login accounts will have access to your Shared Games Account able to play across different consoles
- Concerning Privacy “You can play games or enjoy applications that use data, such as videos, photos, facial expressions, heart rate and more, but this data will not leave your Xbox One without your explicit permission.”
From the get go everyone would question what was the target audience Microsoft was going for with the Xbox One but now I’m seeing a company not sure what or who they are. I see Microsoft as trying to approach the gamer audience looking like Mike Tyson but with all the back pedaling and cross guessing in the Hierarchy of Microsoft they are coming off none other than any random person at Starbucks with an opinion.
When a gamer needs to look up the policies almost on a daily basis to make sure they aren’t violating anything is troubling to see. I can’t believe this is where Microsoft is trying to drive the industry.