With this one making its way to the internet at least part of the uproar over the Xbox One can die down, as we’ve finally seen how used games will work on Xbox One. I think the big thing to take away is that we know for sure that they will indeed work on the Xbox One and that the system will involve money getting kicked back to Microsoft as well as the developer.
This week Microsoft has reached out to key retailers within the industry to explain how pre-owned games will work with the Xbox One, with the good news being that the used game industry will continue to thrive and be supported, but the interesting news being that retailers need to be certified by Microsoft and hooked into their Azure Cloud used-game system to be allowed to resell used games. What will happen is you bring your game disc into the store, the store then de-registers it from your Xbox One and will pay you money for the game. Then when they resell it, the consumer will take it home and load it into their system and it will be linked to their account. That final sale, though, will cut into the game retailer’s sales, as a percent of it will be sent to Microsoft as well as the game developer and publisher.
This is what game publishers and developers have wanted for a long time now, and it does not kill off game giants like GameStop, but does intrude a bit on those retailers quite a bit.