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Xbox One has mandatory game installs additional charge for disc reuse

first_imgBack in March, the Xbox One XDK suggested that game installs on the new console were mandatory and the game disc would not be used during play. It turns out that was, for the most part, true.Microsoft has confirmed that every game you want to play on the Xbox One needs to be installed on the hard drive first. Microsoft states that the benefit of this for the gamer is the lack of a need to keep the game disc inserted when you want to play. However, there’s a flip side to that–playing that copy of the game will be limited to just one Xbox Live account.If you want to use the same game disc with another Xbox Live account, you’ll have to pay an additional charge. While this doesn’t entirely confirm that the Xbox One will require you to pay extra if you purchase a used game, it’s certainly going to limit that market.A lot depends on whether there’s a way to unlink the game from your Xbox One once you are finished playing. If you can’t, then selling the game used would mean the buyer pays you for the disc, but then also has to pay Microsoft another fee to get the game to install. Alternatively, the ability to unlink the disc may allow a sale, but Microsoft will probably attempt to collect the additional fee on reinstall anyway.It seems likely Microsoft will want to keep things simple by making selling a game a complicated affair. And even if it is relatively simple, Microsoft will make money from every used game sale on the Xbox One due to this additional charge for installs.Microsoft will surely get asked repeatedly about the installation feature in the coming days, so hopefully we’ll get a definitive answer from them as to how it will work. What’s surprising is that the Xbox One only has a 500GB hard drive, meaning you’ll be quite limited on how many games you can have installed at any one time unless there’s support for external hard drives.last_img read more

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