Microsoft: No Restrictions On Used Games With Xbox One

There was a big controversy over Microsoft potentially charging a licensing fee to those people who bought used games. Turns out some of the rumors were false and Microsoft addressed the issue today.


  • Buy the way you want—disc or digital—on the same day: You’ll be able to buy disc-based games at traditional retailers or online through Xbox Live, on day of release. Discs will continue to be a great way to install your games quickly.


  • Access your entire games library from any Xbox One—no discs required: After signing in and installing, you can play any of your games from any Xbox One because a digital copy of your game is stored on your console and in the cloud.  So, for example, while you are logged in at your friend’s house, you can play your games.


  • Share access to your games with everyone inside your home: Your friends and family, your guests and acquaintances get unlimited access to all of your games.  Anyone can play your games on your console–regardless of whether you are logged in or their relationship to you.


  • Give your family access to your entire games library anytime, anywhere: Xbox One will enable new forms of access for families. Up to ten members of your family can log in and play from your shared games library on any Xbox One. Just like today, a family member can play your copy of Forza Motorsport at a friend’s house. Only now, they will see not just Forza, but all of your shared games.  You can always play your games, and any one of your family members can be playing from your shared library at a given time.


  • 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.

There is a catch however.

Third party publishers may opt in or out of supporting game resale and may set up business terms or transfer fees with retailers.

I suspect greedy publishers will eventually try to make more money off used games.

  • Lolza

    Why is this one so different from The Verge’s

    • nohone

      When the person who created The Verge and has editorial control over every word that site prints calls Microsoft a “cancer,” refuses to recognize that Windows has more apps available than the competition, and when people point out his bias he writes that they need to ‘calm the f*** down’ (single quotes because I cleaned it up), it is obvious that The Verge is not a site that you can get unbiased information from.

    • Emi Cyberschreiber

      The Veger always add crap to their articles… especially if its from Microsoft related product. honestly thats the last site i would go and get info from.

      just compare arstechnica interview about Xbox one and cloud computing, and then go read all the crap the verge added when they copied and pasted that interview.
      honestly The verge is really really crap especially in MS news. i really cant stand them.

      • koenshaku

        Yeah I used to think arstechnica was more of an apple biased site. The verge though are no better than the trolls in the forums.

    • surilamin

      Best comment. ahahahahaha

  • Jdrm03

    I’m pretty sure eliminating private sales beyond the first time of used games would be considered a restriction. You no longer can buy games from eBay, Craigslist, or on boards like cheapassgamer.

    • Orc

      On ther other hand isnt that the case with most modern “stores” today. I cant resell games that I bought on steam, appstore, google play etc.

      • achmed

        The difference being that they are digital media sales, and people don’t expect to be able to sell them, that’s part of the reason they are priced the way they are.

        they aren’t restricting sales of physical media the same way the XBone is

        • Orc

          But this is actually the same thing, just that you get the extra option of getting the digital media delivered on a disc. But its just a transportation medium in this case. The disc isnt needed to play the game.

          Just hope we get a modern prices, to our modern type delivery system.

        • Logan Nowak

          I’d actually say it is just like Steam. If I buy a physical disk, and it is using Steam for DRM, the disk itself is useless.

  • Shiva Prasad

    i was rooting for xbox one but i think now i want it to fail. “24 hour check in period”, “publishers have to approve”! what is this ?! a parole officer


      man shut up you will always complain

    • leharmeerak

      so xbox one will not be sold in middle east where people rarely connects their consoles with internet connection…

      • Shiva Prasad

        dude! first of all it was uncalled from. i am not even from middle east. second, fuck you, idiot.

        • Riz Oyt

          I don’t think he was attacking you…

    • koenshaku

      I am of the same opinion too lazy to whine about it as much now. I do look forward to seeing how successful this console is after this though. As I will be purchasing a PS4.

  • Alex Ross-Shaw

    Or publishers who don’t want to go out of business when they spend millions on a game and 2nd hand sales bring them no money…

  • Orc

    Nothing strange, it was never a question of if, but when to consoles started to move away from physical media. With this solution MS has an intermediate solution for them with slow internet. They can still buy a physical disc, but the experience is exactly the same as if you buy the title online. The goal is of course to release consoles without an optical drive, and every thing gets purchased online.

    If you look how it work with family members playing the same game on a family account, you can have several xbox in your home all connected to the same family account. No discs. Easy and convinient.

    • Jon

      Yep, I am a-ok with these restrictions. Especially the ability for up to 10 members of my “family” to play the games from anywhere. The quicker they kill off discs, the better in my opinion.

  • counterblow

    this article is misleading at best. There ARE restrictions because you can now ONLY buy and sell used games at certain retailers. I will no longer be able to buy a used game off of eBay because it requires me to go have the game deactivated at one of the “participating retailers” This is a huge crock of shit.

    • TheHumanOracle

      Gotta agree. Its like they have shot themselves in the foot. Maybe it is publisher requirements / pressure if ps4 is the same? If ps4 isn’t they have been handed the next Gen on a platter.
      The only possible saving grace will be a download model which has games at half the price today (as with iOS, Android, Steam – where people can’t resell and don’t care).

    • zakaweb

      That is only true if a publisher decides to op in. Otherwise you can buy and trade used games as before. I would be surprised if any publisher uses this drm seeing the response. It is not a default situation.

    • zakaweb

      That is only true if a publisher decides to op in. Otherwise you can buy and trade used games as before. I would be surprised if any publisher uses this drm seeing the response. It is not a default situation.