Microsoft clarifies position on Xbox One used game sales


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Microsoft has announced that the Xbox One will not block the sale of used games unless publishers specifically decide to impose used game activation fees:

"Microsoft itself will not restrict used game sales, nor charge a fee for game transfers, the company is giving third-party publishers the discretion to restrict used or negotiate a fee from retailers,” he said. “At first glance, we would not be surprised although we see it as unlikely that GameStop would agree to any meaningful fees given business model constraints and outsized market share (almost 50% of Xbox software sales)."

“The currency generated from used game trade-ins is beneficial for the publishers, as it provides currency available for new game purchases,” he said. “However, many believe that used games sold in proximity to a new game’s release cannibalizes sales of the new title, so we think that some publishers may limit used game trade-ins for a specified period of time following the game’s launch.

“We expect used gaming to continue to be widespread, to the benefit of GameStop.”





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