Things are uncertain regarding how the Xbox One will handle used games. All games that will be played on the console will be installed on the system’s hard drive, so when that disc is inserted into another unit or is used with a different Xbox Live account, a fee will have to be paid. When the second user actually pays that fee, the first user’s install will be deactivated. So this raises questions that we hope Microsoft will answer at the E3 press conference.
Do you think Sony might pursue the same kind of restrictions on used PS4 games? Before Xbox One was even announced, the rumors that new Xbox will require an always-on internet connection brought Microsoft a lot of flak. Sony had already confirmed that PS4 won’t need an always-on connection. However, with Microsoft’s DRM restrictions on used games, publishers would have to do two completely different things on two completely different gaming systems. Doing one thing for Xbox One and another for PS4, with regards to used games doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense. If Sony does not decide to pursue the same restrictions for PS4 used games, it will win over many Xbox One customers. We will see how it plays out.
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