Microsoft has been pretty silent since the Xbox One announcement, possibly soaking in the huge amount ofÂ criticismÂ the new console has got on all fronts, from everything regarding the design to Â privacy to used games.
Today marked the end of the silence, with Microsoft deciding to take a load off and answer some of theÂ gruellingÂ questions in the normal half-answer style question. We did get some information out of this release though, and it may be the break for some gamers.
First, used games can be sold to certain retailers and users may be able to sell games to friends or allow them to borrow it, but this will only be allowed once. Publishers can make it so the game can not be sold or borrowed, but Microsoft will make no profit from this transaction.
Games will also be available to download the day the game is released on disc. The disc will act as a verification tool and one users can allow ten family members play the same game, although only one at a time. Loaning and renting games will not be allowed, Microsoft is looking at some options.
The Xbox One will have to phone home once every twenty-four hours and Microsoft has estimated connections on the upward of 1.5mbps will do just fine. This has taken a small demographic off the Xbox OneÂ entirely but we do not believe Microsoft was shooting at them in the first place.
Microsoft has cleared up problems with the Kinect privacy claiming the user can take off the Kinect and the only thing it will respond to is ‘Xbox On’, the company will also not send back data without direct permission from the gamer.
This has cleared up many features on the Xbox One, for better or worse. We will have to wait until E3 to see the games and some other new features the Xbox One will bring.