Microsoft: Publishers Will Decide if Games Can Be Resold
Contrary to the way things have worked for years, the decision to allow trade-ins on used games will no longer be up to retailers or consumers, but rather the publishers of said games according to Microsoft.
The used game quandary still hasn’t been entirely cleared up by Microsoft, but new developments were pointed out in the latest post on Xbox Wire. Microsoft is removing itself from the equation of used games entirely, and will instead leave it up to the publisher to decide if a game can be traded in and sold again.
Try and wrap your head around that. You, who paid for goods, will have no say whether or not those goods can be sold to another party. Publishers like EA and Activision may decide a game they’ve published cannot be resold. “Third party publishers may opt in or out of supporting game resale and may set up business terms or transfer fees with retailers,” said the post. Insane.
Of course, Microsoft now shifts any and all possible blame from itself onto the publishers with this move, which is quite astounding given how much power they’ve given to those companies with the Xbox One. Don’t get us wrong; publishers and developers should definitely be getting a piece of the used games pie, but this isn’t the way to do it.
And don’t forget, Microsoft has still not answered what happens to these used games when a new consumer tries to play them. How much will the re-licensing fee be? Can a game be bought and sold multiple times? Will any publisher be foolish enough to deny consumers the right to do what they please with items they’ve purchased?