Wired Confirms that Xbox One will Block Used Games

Say goodbye to used games and sharing with your friends on your shiny new Xbox One

Posted By | On 21st, May. 2013 Under News | Follow This Author @Rengarious


Shortly after the Xbox One reveal, Wired has confirmed that Xbox One will block used games as previously rumored in the last few months. This is a significant hit to consumers who want to share games with their friends, buy used games and use renting games services.

Here is a quote from the Wired article regarding the confirmation of used games blocking:

Wired asked Microsoft if installation would be mandatory. “On the new Xbox, all game discs are installed to the HDD to play,” the company responded in an emailed statement. Sounds mandatory to us.

What follows naturally from this is that each disc would have to be tied to a unique Xbox Live account, else you could take a single disc and pass it between everyone you know and copy the game over and over. Since this is clearly not going to happen, each disc must then only install for a single owner.

Microsoft did say that if a disc was used with a second account, that owner would be given the option to pay a fee and install the game from the disc, which would then mean that the new account would also own the game and could play it without the disc.

This is a tremendous deal-breaker for major retailers such as Target, Best Buy and GameStop will now not be able to sell used games and profit from them anymore.

Let us know what you think of this situation and the rumor being true in the comments below.

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  • Dan Hammer

    So basically, you need an internet connection to link your games to an Xbox Live acct…or else the game won’t play. Once linked to an acct., the game can’t be played on another console w/o paying a fee. Bullshit!

    • jb223

      How could services like gamefly work around this? Is this basically also saying we can no longer rent games like we have since the beginning of the home gaming industry? The only way I can see around this is if we also have to pay microsoft a fee on top of our monthly fee we already pay for gamefly, just like people did this gen with the 360..,,sounds like the same old Microsoft, par for the course…this system is most definitely off my radar…the 15 exclusive games thing was promising, but I’m of the mind this will be more of what the 360 was, either “exclusive” only for a cpl years a la mass effect & bioshock, or just trash mini games or kinect fare the likes of which we see every time an Xbox fanboy tries to line the number of exclusives it has up with playstation, “see, we have a lot of exclusives too!”, yes but do you play any of that stuff?….,.,not really no, but somebody might

  • marcusthane

    I have been a xbox fan since the beginning of its creation…if this is the future of xbox gaming..im out for good..just the whole idea of controlling gaming to that level pisses me off…one word…GREED….Lets hope common sense prevails, but on the other hand..it will open doors for other gaming industries in which myself and many others will gladly embrace…i mean..will have hundreds of dollars to spend since we won’t be wasting it on the new XBOX GREED.


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