In the lead up to E3 2013, Microsoft is attempting to clarify things about the Xbox ONE in regards to fees and borrowed games as well used games. A Q&A about the Xbox ONE’s process regarding used game functionality on the console the company stated, “Microsoft does not charge a platform fee to retailers, publishers, or consumers for enabling transfer of these games. We designed Xbox ONE so game publishers can enable you to trade in your games at participating retailers.”
It appears that this is in reference to Microsoft published titles. With third party publishers it is different. “Third party publishers may opt in or out of supporting game resale and may set up business terms or transfer fees with retailers. Microsoft does not receive any compensation as part of this. In addition, third party publishers can enable you to give games to friends. Loaning or renting games won’t be available at launch, but we are exploring the possibilities with our partners.”
It seems you’ll be able to let your friends borrow games, but you must be friends with them on Xbox Live which shouldn’t be a problem…except it must be for more than 30 days. This still isn’t a problem, but a bit specific. Also, you can only give the game once. In regards to always online, Microsoft stated that it would require a check-in every 24 hours, but only once apparently. If you’re on a friend’s console, you will get one hour before getting kicked off their Xbox ONE. While the check will make sure the game license is legit, it will also “…verify if system, application or game updates are needed and to see if you have acquired new games, or resold, traded in, or given your game to a friend.”
Microsoft also made sure it was known that being online would allow for some games to take advantage of cloud. The minimum suggested speed to maintain a connection for the Xbox ONE is 1.5Mbps. Microsoft wasn’t specific about those in areas without stable internet or anything. So without internet things will definitely be hairy for you and the Xbox ONE. Wrapping everything up, they attempted to calm privacy concerns by stating that the Kinect could be disabled and that there would be privacy settings to set the Xbox ONE to their preference security-wise.
Are you concerns soothed about on any of this?