Microsoft has clarified its position on selling and buying pre-owned titles for its new Xbox One console.
Confusion arose after it appeared the company would impose a fee for playing pre-owned games, a move that was highly unpopular with gamers. The company has now said in a statement that games can be traded in, but only at “participating retailers”.
Microsoft has said games can be passed on to friends – but only once.
Xbox One is designed so game publishers can enable you to give your disc-based games to your friends
the statement said.
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.
Its worldwide studios president, Shuhei Yoshida, told news site Eurogamer that used games would not be “blocked” on the console, but would not specify whether there would be a fee for using pre-owned titles.