Let’s face it, there’s very few people that don’t think the idea to make people pay full price licensing fees for games they borrow from friends for their Xbox One is a dumb idea. Everyone’s talked about it, from consumers, to journalists, to analysts. No one wants it. Microsoft has apparently heard these cries of dismay and is doing something about it, but it’s not revoking the idea just yet.
“We’re fully aware of what is going on. I am also working on a few things to address it. I can’t say much more right now. But we ARE listening,” a spokesperson said in a statement (via XWire). They went on to say that the Xbox One doesn’t have to always be connected, though it would require some sort of regular connectivity. It’s all very up in the air right now it seems.
Back pedalling a little on earlier statements, Microsoft has said however, that friends will be able to trade and borrow each other’s games for a limited period, though chances are after a time, an activation fee would come in to play. Whether that fee will ultimately be the full price of the game, as has been already hinted at, it’s not clear.
Chances are we’ll be waiting until E3 to hear a better breakdown of how all this is going to work.
KitGuru Says: How about no activation fee at all? I wouldn’t expect to have to pay full price for a second hand DVD, or sofa or car, how is this any different?