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Xbox One Games Can Be Played By Multiple Users on One Console

Xbox One Don Mattrick

After all the mix-ups, confusion, and miscommunication from the Xbox One reveal, potential buyers got a bit of good news from Microsoft exec Phil Harrison. Though games will be tied to a specific profile upon purchase, any other user on the console will be able to play without having to pay an additional fee.

Originally, it sounded like games would be the sole property of the first profile to install the game out of the package. This was worrisome for more than a few reasons, used sales and borrowing/renting games chief among them. However, the plan seemed to ignore multi-user households that relied on single consoles. In an interview with Eurogamer, Microsoft corporate VP Phil Harrison clarified just how the process would work.

“[Think] about how you use a disc that you own of an Xbox 360 game,” Harrison explained. “If I buy the disc from a store, I use that disc in my machine, I can give that disc to my son and he can play it on his 360 in his room. We both can’t play at the same time, but the disc is the key to playing. I can go round to your house and give you that disc and you can play on that game as well.

“What we’re doing with the digital permissions that we have for Xbox One is no different to that. If I am playing on that disc, which is installed to the hard drive on my Xbox One, everybody in my household who has permission to use my Xbox One can use that piece of content. [So] I can give that piece of content to my son and he can play it on the same system.”

That’s a huge relief. Unfortunately, if you live in a home that for some reason has two consoles (which is a nice problem to have), those permissions won’t carry over console to console, unless playing under the originally assigned profile. Any other console will have to pay the undisclosed fee to play the game when not using the original profile. It’s still a little odd, and overly complicated, but at least you won’t have to pay twice for your spouse or brother to play the game.

Next: Opinion: How Xbox One's Lack of Backwards Compatibility Screws Consumers

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