Xbox One requires game installs

Xbox One

Microsoft revealed the Xbox One earlier this morning, but the big event still left some unanswered questions. Now we’re learning more about the new console, including how it will handle used games.

According to a Wired report, all games must be installed on the 500GB HDD in order to play. At that point discs are no longer required, which leads to the assumption that games are tied to Xbox LIVE accounts. Others can still use that same copy, but there’s a catch.

If a disc is used with a second account, owners are prompted to pay a fee in order to install the game on the hard drive. At that point another person can play the game without a disc as well.

Obviously this raises some serious concerns regarding used games. How exactly would companies like GameFly and Redbox thrive in such conditions? Microsoft did tell Wired that it has a plan for used games, so it should be interesting to see if the company has any tricks up its sleeve.


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Author: Anthony LaBella View all posts by
My first experience playing a video game blew me away. The fact that Super Metroid was that game certainly helped. So I like to think Samus put me on the path to video games. Well, I guess my parents buying the SNES had a little something to do with it. Ever since then my passion for video games has grown. When I found that I could put words together into a coherent sentence, videogame journalism was a natural interest. Now I spend a large majority of my time either playing video games or writing about them, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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