Xbox One players can trade their games but 3rd party publishers cannot.

Microsoft announced on Thursday in an online statement that players will be allowed to trade their Microsoft Xbox One games at “participating retailers” without paying extra fees.  However, it can’t say the same for other publishers’ titles.


Microsoft says of other 3rd party publishers, ‘They have the right to “opt out” entirely of letting players sell games, or to negotiate separate terms with retail stores  that involve the payments of “transfer fees.”’

Microsoft’s used games can only be sold at “participating retailers,” this excludes private sales: You can’t sell a game to your next door neighbour, or on an online auction site such as eBay. Only by using certain retail stores will you be able to trade your games.

Microsoft says that it is possible to give your games to your friends, but puts restrictions on this practice: You can only give a game to someone who has been on your Xbox Live friends list for at least 30 days and each copy of a game can only be traded once; each transfer is permanent without the possibility of a further transfer. So you are unable to pass your brand spanking new games around your mates (just your best mate!)

Connection is a requirement

Microsoft said that the Xbox One would need to connect to the internet once every 24 hours to “verify if system, application or game updates are needed and to see if you have acquired new games, or resold, traded in, or given your game to a friend.”

In a related news post, Microsoft said, “If the Xbox One system is unable to connect, it would not be able to play any games at all, even single-player ones, although it could still watch live television and disc-based movies .“In areas where an Ethernet connection is not available, you can connect using mobile broadband…”

Microsoft said at the launch of Xbox One that loaning or renting games won’t be possible, although they haven’t excluded this service in the future.

These clear statements on the Xbox One’s restrictions shed new light on the issue.  At the console debut, Microsoft Executives were giving conflicting and contradictory information regarding used games.

According to Microsoft, “For the first time you and your TV are going to have a relationship”…That’s a good thing, as your mates aren’t going to be very happy with you if you can’t lend them your games anymore! (Well, not all of them, anyway)

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