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Can You Buy Used Games For Xbox One

With each subsequent console generation there's an undercurrent of fear, a concern that this will be the cycle that finally kills off something many hold near and dear: the used game. Though these scratched-up disks and carts are often overprized and come with incomplete or unfortunately creased manuals, they're still better value than the shrink-wrapped titles.

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With the announcement of the current next-generation of consoles the discontent raised again. Is the axe about to drop on the used video game market? Is this the iteration that will prevent you from borrowing something from a friend? Not if Microsoft has anything to say about it. The Xbox One does support used games and it does support game sharing -- but the details are in some cases a bit murky. Join us after the break for an exploration of what we know.

Sick of sitting through the full game install on the Xbox 360, only to still have to get up and put the disc in every time you want to play it? So was everyone at Microsoft, as it turns out. "That feature, the ability to play games off the hard drive, was one of the first things we wrote down when we started to talk about next-gen," said Penello. So, yes, once you install the game, you can put the disc on the shelf and forget about it. But, presumably, you can't just sell the disc and still keep playing the game.

That all your game saves are in the cloud is a nice step forward, but what if you're offline? Can you still access those game saves? Can you still play your games? Yes, you can. Games will work offline without an issue and game saves will sync transparently when you reconnect, Penello told us. However, some games that make use of Microsoft's online services may not be playable offline. That will be up to developers.

Another use-case we threw Penello's way: what if your spouse or child signs in to the family's Xbox One and wants to play a game that is associated with your account? Will they have to buy it themselves? "Certainly we've accounted for family members in the household being able to play games." Exactly how? That, again, remains to be seen. Only 19 days until E3...

However, you're unlikely to find an Xbox One device at these prices now. In January 2022, Microsoft stopped manufacturing all Xbox One consoles, including the Xbox One X and Xbox One S. This means that used markets, where prices can vary wildly, are now the primary ways to buy this console.

You can download and play included games on your Xbox for as long as you stay subscribed, and it's full of high-quality games. Plus, all titles published by Xbox Game Studios come to Game Pass on their day of release.

At the time of writing, there are only a handful of Game Pass titles that are exclusive to the Xbox Series XS, so you can enjoy almost the entire catalog on an Xbox One. The Xbox Series XS will run the games better and faster, thanks to those consoles packing SSDs and more powerful internals.

That means if you want to check out lots of the titles on Game Pass, an Xbox One is a decent way to do so. However, many of the same games are on Game Pass for PC, so if you have access to a decent gaming computer, an Xbox One is largely redundant. A lot of PC Game Pass titles include controller support.

Since the Xbox One is an aging console, eventually it won't receive new games anymore. We've already mentioned above that Microsoft has ceased production of Xbox One consoles, meaning that the system won't be around for much longer. But how long should you expect the Xbox One to receive support?

To get an idea, let's consider the last generation. The Xbox 360 launched in 2005 and was discontinued in 2016. After the Xbox One launched in 2013, the Xbox 360 continued to receive some cross-generation games, even if it missed out on the best Xbox One exclusives.

The Xbox One S and One X both launched mid-generation in 2016, which is a distinction from past console release patterns. However, since Microsoft discontinued all Xbox One models together, it's doubtful that we'll see any games come to the Xbox One X but not the original Xbox One.

Most of the big Xbox Game Studios titles that have been announced without a release date, such as the next Forza Motorsport and Fable games, are only coming to Xbox Series XS and PC. Thus, the end of Xbox One-compatible releases is likely near. 2023 might be the last year the Xbox One receives entries for yearly titles like FIFA and Call of Duty.

If you're considering an Xbox One, you should understand Microsoft's philosophy on its current consoles. Backward compatibility is a big factor: the Xbox One can play many Xbox 360 and original Xbox titles, while the Series XS can play all those older Xbox games, plus most Xbox One titles.

Xbox Smart Delivery is another part of Microsoft's "commitment to compatibility across generations." It delivers the "best version" of participating games you own, no matter which Xbox you're playing on. Smart Delivery also makes sure your progress is synced to all platforms.

In short, we'd only recommend buying an Xbox One in 2023 if you can find it used for a huge discount and don't plan to upgrade for years. Otherwise, the matching prices and enhanced power of the Series XS make the newer systems a much better choice. And if you already have a solid PC, go for that instead. The Xbox One has exhausted almost all of its life by now.

All of your Xbox One games will play on Xbox Series X. Any Xbox 360 or Original Xbox games that are currently playable on Xbox One will also be playable on Xbox Series X as part of the approach Microsoft is taking to backward compatibility. This will quite naturally include used games as if you start playing a game on your Xbox One; it is used when you first install it on your Xbox Series X.

In 2013, before the launch of the Xbox One, Microsoft planned several features around a digital ecosystem, even for people who bought the physical versions of games. As a result, however, people wouldn't be able to use their used games. The backlash Microsoft received from this approach caused them to abandon the idea, allowing the Xbox One to play used games. This policy will continue on into the next generation so that Xbox Series X will play used games.

Microsoft is committing to Smart Delivery, which means that if you buy an Xbox Game Studios title, such as Halo Infinite, it will be upgraded on Xbox Series X for free. This is an opt-in program, so while some third-party companies like CD Projekt Red may provide free upgrades with Cyberpunk 2077, other companies are not required to join. Even so, these games, when used, will be playable on Xbox Series X.

Windows Central has received credible reports that there will be two next-generation Xbox consoles: a higher-end console, the Xbox Series X, and a lower-end console, currently codenamed Lockhart. All of the information revealed so far lines up Windows Central's report. However, Lockhart has not yet been unveiled. If Lockhart is real, there is a chance it will not include a disc drive. If so, Lockhart will not play used games and would be a digital-only machine in line with the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition.

As we move into this new generation of games and entertainment, from time to time, Microsoft may change its policies, terms, products and services to reflect modifications and improvements to our services, feedback from customers and our business partners or changes in our business priorities and business models or for other reasons. We may also cease to offer certain services or products for similar reasons.

Now we can confirm that you will be able to trade games online and in shops. And there will be plenty of games released this year. But Microsoft was clear that new games require a one-time activation code.

Weeks after first revealing the Xbox One to the world and days before its follow-up events at E3 next week, Microsoft has finally broken its silence on a number of important and, until now, confusing Xbox One issues. Today, the company published a post spanning topics from used games and disc lending to online connections and Kinect-based privacy concerns.

Microsoft didn't go into detail on exactly how this resale process would work, but we can glean a bit from the language they did use. For instance, the "games publishers can enable you" bit heavily implies that those publishers can also decide not to allow for used discs to be resold at all. In fact, later in the announcement, they confirm that "third-party publishers may opt in or out of supporting game resale and may set up business terms or transfer fees with retailers."

The "participating retailers" phrasing implies that not just any store will be able to accept your trades. Rather, the retailer will probably have to sign on to some sort of online system to confirm that the game is no longer associated with your Xbox Live account (more on that account linkage is described below). Microsoft for its part "does not receive any compensation as part of this [used game sales process]" and "does not charge a platform fee to retailers, publishers, or consumers for enabling transfer of these games."

What if you don't want to go through a retailer to sell your disc or give it to a friend? Microsoft has you covered there to some extent. The company writes that "Xbox One is designed so game publishers can enable you to give your disc-based games to your friends. There are no fees charged as part of these transfers. There are two requirements: you can only give them to people who have been on your friends list for at least 30 days and each game can only be given once."

Again, publishers can block the ability to give away games if they choose. The limit on giving each game disc only once also severely limits how freely discs can be passed around among Xbox One owners. Many games on trading services get passed around multiple times before reaching their final owners.

All games for Xbox One will be available the same day on discs or as downloads. Even if you buy the disc, though, the game will be playable without it after being installed on any Xbox One system. That is, as long as you log in to the associated Xbox Live account. You'll be able to download the digital version of the game to any system too, even if you originally bought it on disc. 041b061a72


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