Microsoft finally unveiled the Xbox One earlier this week after rumors had been swirling for months, But now that the console has officially been announced even more rumors have emerged about some questions Microsoft left unanswered, most notably regarding how the used game market will work.
The only thing Microsoft has confirmed is that the company “designed the Xbox One to enable our customers to trade in and resell games at retail.” No details on how the process would work were given at the launch event or since. But now, MCV is reporting that retailers have been briefed on the process and have shared their insight.
Xbox One games will ship on Blu-ray discs that then install directly to the the hard drive, rendering the disc unnecessary to the user at that point. So what happens when a user then looks to trade in that game? Do they get to keep the copy on their hard drive?
Reportedly, retailers looking to buy and sell games will be connected to Microsoft’s database, enabling Microsoft to remove the game from the previous owner’s account and transfer it to the new user. Retailers will have full control over the pricing of the used game, but both Microsoft and the game publisher will get a certain percentage of the sales.
Under this system, the Xbox One will connect with the Microsoft servers once every 24 hours to update the games list. While this technically doesn\’t constitute an \”always connected\” console as some had feared, it does present a situation that requires a steady and reliable internet connection.