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Microsoft working with “partners to support the second hand market,” says Mattrick

Wednesday, 22 May 2013 16:19 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Due to yesterday’s confusion surrounding how often Xbox One requires users to connect to the Internet, and whether used games will indeed be supported the way we’re used to, Microsoft’s president of interactive entertainment, Don Mattrick, has tried to alleviate some of the misconceptions surrounding the firm’s new all-in-one device.

Speaking with the BBC, Mattrick wouldn’t go into specifics regarding Microsoft’s stance on the used game trade, but he did say will be working with its “partners to support the second hand market.”

“It isn’t going to require an always connected state to the Internet, but we believe in the power of the net; we believe in multiplayer gaming and the devices we all take for granted which do require some sort of communication through the Internet,” said Mattrick. “That’s the palate, that’s the base we’ve created with Xbox One.

“We are going to be working with our partners to support the second hand market, and there will be more details unveiled on that in the coming weeks. We love games, that’s what we do and what I’ve done for the last 30 years. We announced some of the biggest partnerships in gaming history: Call of Duty, FIFA.

“People spend countless hours playing those products and we are going to continue to build out our business; we’ve got the biggest line-up of exclusives being built by our studio ever in the history of Xbox, and we have the most third-party support from creators around the globe such as Electronic Arts.

“It’s a great line-up and people are going to get the chance to see more of our games at E3.”

Mattrick said Xbox One is “an unrivaled device,” which competes not only with Sony and Nintendo, but with Apple, Google and other companies that are consumer electronics based.

“We have raised the bar. We are going to bring people the things that they love: the best in gaming, and the best in entertainment with a device that is easy, and simple to use,” he said.

Xbox One is slated for release sometime this year and you can get caught up on the news from yesterday through our round-up post.

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24 Comments

  1. ps3fanboy

    skrew you mickey$oft you pathetic lair!!

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Ireland Michael

    Ell ooh ell, these guys are living in a world of absolute delusion at this point.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Beta

    This is damage control. Plain and simple.

    I don’t wish to troll but going from what Don has said it really is the fifacod box right now. ;)

    #3 2 years ago
  4. merrc

    Coming from a lifelong Xbox lover, also own ps3, I sincerely hope people don’t bow down to their greed. I will be jumping ship for PS4!

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Bomba Luigi

    “Mattrick said Xbox One is “an unrivaled device,” which competes not only with Sony and Nintendo, but with Apple, Google and other companies that are consumer electronics based.”

    Is this really a good Idea? You want to fight just everybody at the same Time with one Device, and while doing this you loose Fokus on things because you want to do everything. That some great fighting spirit, but it will maybe not end good.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Beta

    @5 A kind of Jack of all trades, master of none scenario.

    @8 Indeed.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. PEYJ

    Sounds hazy, definately a round of damage control. Everything points right now to that preowned games will be more expensive than new games, which will kill the preowned market.

    My only concern is if Sony follows suit; they have said that preowned will work on PS4 but the same goes for Xbox One games – it’s just not attractive to buy a preowned one under those conditions, and since EA happily have abandoned online pass’es, this could suggest that Sony is doing something similar. I mean, remember the memory cards for the Vita. That info only showed up at GamesCom in August 2011, four months before lauch in Japan.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Ireland Michael

    @6 More like a spade.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. reask

    They really are in a parallel world at this stage.
    Just to take the timed dlc bull for a minute.
    What bloody difference does it make?
    If I play on 1 i get it a few weeks early if I play on 4 I wait a bit as does others on the 4.
    I mean do they really think things like this influence peoples console choice.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. orakaa

    This is utter PR b*llsh*t…

    Seriously, they REPORTED the whole reveal event for an additional month… for this? I’ve never seen so many PR mistakes. The worst that could have happened would have been a simple screen saying “Screw you and give us your money”. At least it would have been more honest.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. MegaGeek1

    All I can say is that I sincerely hope that Sony learns from these mistakes. If they listen to their customers this generation is theirs for the taking.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. mickey2002

    Seems Microsoft have taken a shotgun to their own foot. :o

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Holesome

    This whole used game trade-in issue doesn’t really affect me as it seems I keep most of the games I purchase (good games and sets of games) and by the time I consider getting rid of them they are worth nothing as a trade-in. Along that line I hold no sympathy for companies like GameStop who offer too little for trade-in value and charge too much for used games often neglecting to make it clear the games require the purchase of an online pass.

    Also, I suppose I’ve become accustom to purchasing games, DLC, and music online knowing that such content is non-transferrable and much of the content. If this offers a way to re-sell downloaded games and maybe eliminate/morph online passes into a better and workable solution I’ll be onboard.

    With that said it sounds to me like MS has a viable second hand market solution that is being finalized and can’t speak of the details until all parties are on the same page, perhaps contractually. I suppose I’ll just have to be patient and wait until E3 or until they do a press release.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. laughing-gravy

    Oh god he’s been smoking crack.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Beta

    Are we going to see a resurgent Sony this gen?

    If they manage to capitalise on Microsoft’s misstep and don’t make their own then I think it’s possible. Xbox isn’t going away though, not unless they severely screw up marketing or price, or have an RROD level defect.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. wowtgp

    I just hope that no one buys this piece of shit. It will teach a lesson to these greedy as*hole*.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. mightyhokie

    @13, I too am of the same mindset as you. i never purchase used games so in reality this doesn’t affect me. but it is a matter of principle.

    I wish they would just end this crap. It would be soooooo simple.

    ‘if you buy a game, used or not, as long as you have the disk you can play it on your account. if you buy it digitally it will only play on your account.’

    There done. Or ‘if you buy a used game you need to purchase a license to play that game on your account’

    How freaking hard is that???

    #17 2 years ago
  18. ridethewavecali

    @ Wowtgp… U are a slow ass person. Please tell me in which way does the new Xbox seem greedy? Greedy is making u buy everything to make something complete. They are simply giving the people everything all in one. They clearly said e3 will be all about games. I choose the Xbox over the ps4. Ps4 showed good stuff but nothing spectacular. It was all about “sharing”. They are all about games right? But they pretty much only showed their same IPs that contain none to shitty multi. It’s crazy that people are talking shit. When they don’t have certain features in their console they get mad cuz they want more. When they get it…all of a sudden it’s a box that does everything but games?? SMH

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Cort

    “Microsoft working with “partners to profit from the second hand market,” says Mattrick”

    Fixed.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. hitnrun

    There’s no “confusion” here, except that which PR professionals are trying to create to avoid a boycott while not making any hard promises.

    And whatever they say now, rest assured it’ll be changed to the worst case scenario in a year or two, once people have bought the system. It’s as simple as flipping a switch, and they’re just trying to push back expectations.

    Don’t believe that? Three months ago, this was an always-connected-to-work system. Media and MS employees weren’t just pulling that out of their expletives. Now it’s a connected “sometimes” to work system. How often? It’s not a secret. They’re not lying: they literally don’t know. They don’t know because they haven’t settled on a period of time yet. They haven’t settled on a period of time yet because it’s only been a couple of months since they backed off from always-on.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. alavergawey

    Working on making sure they get in on the used game business. Consoles have failed before people, Jaguar, Sega 32 bit add on, Virtual Boy, looks like MS bout to find out how it feels

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Eddie Rodrigues

    Does Microsoft actually think before adding features to their consoles/services?

    #22 2 years ago
  23. NeutralBlade

    Sony dodged answering this same question last March, but hinted they may do the same thing as Microsoft on the PS4. With all the complaining publishers did this gen about not profiting from used games, it’s not surprising such a system has been implemented.

    Publishers pushed for this, and it seems highly unlikely that the Xbox One will charge a fee, and Sony with their PS4 won’t. Because if that was the case, who would want to release games for the PS4, when there is a lot more money to be made on the Xbox One?

    Instead of trashing Microsoft, (fanboys of the PS4), you better hope Sony does the same thing. Otherwise, your PS4 will suffer from a lack of games, and propel the Xbox One in the #1 position, regardless of how people feel about the used game fee. People will go where the games are, and publishers will go where the money is.

    While this move is disliked by me as well, this system will make the Xbox One a lot more profitable for software companies, if Sony chooses not to follow suit. The Xbox One will have more games, and more exclusives, while the PS4 would suffer from a lack of games; similar to the Vita. Sony will follow with the same plan to charge fees for used games, or they’ll get beaten not long after the next generation starts.

    It’s just a sign of the times, while the consumer gets screwed over. The only possible up side to it, is this system may prevent the cost of new games to increase; the used game fee, is their way of increasing software costs while not increasing the new game fee. But, if we get double dunked with this used game fee and higher costs for new games, then don’t expect next-gen to be as successful as this gen; which that reality would also give Nintendo a good chance to recover with the Wii U as well.

    Let’s hope that when E3 arrives, gaming journalists will ask all the right questions when it comes to online requirements, as well as the situation with used games, for Xbox One and the PS4. Sony isn’t in the clear yet, so we’ll soon see what they’re hiding, and what else Microsoft has in store for the market.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. ridethewavecali

    I don’t believe Microsoft will go through with the always on or even be the need to be connected. It’s obviously built as a online system. You get more out of it much like the ps3/360. BUT i can see them leaving the used games fee up to the publishers since it is their $ that they have been complaining about. Either way I’m excited for this new generation. I just wish that both companies would be upfront about all the details.

    #24 2 years ago

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    Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will be released in September, according to an IGN Italy video, which also features Hideo Kojima discussing “With Metal Gear Solid 5, I’m finally “closing the loop” on the Metal Gear saga. The video has since been removed, but an image cap of the date is posted above. […]

  • Forza Horizon 2 Rockstar Energy Car Pack now available

    The Rockstar Energy Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One is available now, alongside the free car for March. The free car is the Acura Integra Type-R, and the Rockstar pack included the following vehicles: 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GRC 2015 Subaru WRX STI 1996 BMW 850CSi 2015 Jaguar XFR-S 1970 Volkswagen #1107 Desert […]

  • 3DS firmware update kills web browser exploit

    Nintendo has issued a 3DS firmware update which fixes a web browser exploit that was being used to run pirated Game Boy Color ROMs since January as well as inject code within downloadable games. Another piece of code, per Eurogamer, changed the setting on the handheld to make it region-free. The exploit was only available […]

  • Unreal Tournament video shows updated textures on Outpost 23

    The latest footage from Epic’s new Unreal Tournament has surfaced, and it shows off the game’s first high-textured map which is called Outpost 23. As you can see from Zaccubus’ video, its the same are which Epic showed in the flythrough video from last year, only with updated textures and some new areas outside. The […]

  • Final add-on for Sunset Overdrive arrives in April

    The final add-on for Sunset Overdrive, Dawn of the Rise of the Fallen Machines, will be released in April. On April 1 to be exact. No, that’s not an April Fool’s joke from Insomniac Games either. Below, you can watch a fist-look at the new story, area, and traversal mechanic.

  • Heroes of the Storm playable at EGX Rezzed

    Heroes of the Storm will be playable at EGX Rezzed. This will be the first UK public hands-on with the online team brawler. Blizzard will also host giveaways and friendly tournaments at its stand. Tickets for all three days of Rezzed are still available, and you can purchase a pass through the official website. EGX […]

  • PES 2015 Data Pack 4 coming next week with Winter Transfers, new faces

    Data Pack 4 for Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 has been dated, and it updates the game with Winter Transfers, new player faces, and additional stadiums. The latest free update contains real-time player transfers made within the January window, and player ratings have also been updated. Additionally, a number of improved likenesses to key players will […]

  • Here’s the changelog for Dragon Age: Inquisition Patch 5

    Notes for upcoming Patch 5 for Dragon Age: Inquisition have been posted, noting improvements to gameplay and stability, and the new features outlined back in early February. Along with the new party storage system added to the Undercroft at Skyhold, players also have the ability to adjust the size of subtitles. Below you will find […]

  • Game of Thrones, Mortal Kombat X, Batman mobile games on the way

    Warner Bros. has announced free-to-play mobile titles spanning its DC Comics, Mortal Kombat and Game of Thrones properties. The following five new games under development are: Mortal Kombat X from NetherRealm Studios: The game blends fighting and card collection with cinematic gameplay and Fatalities. Play as both classic and fighters, and if you own the […]

  • Win! Beta access to new MMORPG Skyforge and DLC worth $70

    We have ten Wrath of the Gods Founders Packs to giveaway for new RPG Skyforge, worth over $70. All you need to do to win a Wrath of the Gods pack is enter your details in the form below and we’ll pick 10 winners at random on Thursday, March 5, after 3pm GMT. Skyforge is […]

  • PC gaming expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018

    PC gaming is alive and well. In fact, it’s expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018. According to game-business group Open Gaming Alliance, the PC gaming industry is expected to grow beyond its current $26 billion worth and to a massive $35 billion by the year 2018. The information is based on data collected […]

  • Advanced Warfare: new patch adds new weapon, Master Prestige ranks, more

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has received a new patch that gives season pass holders early access to a new weapon and everyone else a myriad of fixes and additions. The patch went live today on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, without any official notes. CharlieIntel reports that among the new additions is the new […]

  • Destiny’s end game and raids explained

    Destiny’s end game can be a bit obtuse to those not used to MMO games. Fear not, we’ve got a few quick tips on how to crack it. Arekkz Gaming has a video for new players of Destiny or those who are looking to brush up on their knowledge of the game. Today’s theme is […]

  • Capcom adds local co-op to Resident Evil: Revelations 2 on PC

    Following fan outrage over lack of local co-op support for the PC version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2, Capcom has now added it. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 now officially supports split-screen local co-op in both campaign and raid mode. The update is currently in beta on Steam, but anyone can opt-in to try it. Capcom […]

  • New Destiny glitch spawns infinite Thralls on Earth

    Destiny’s latest glitch spawns infinite Thralls to help fuel your bounty hunting and loot lust. The glitch is simple to replicate. You’ll need to start The Dark Within mission on Earth, on any difficulty. Then follow the steps in the video below (Via DualShockers) to get to an area out of the map. You’ll then […]

  • Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is here with new game mode, netcode improvements and more

    DICE has released the Winter Patch for Battlefield 4. The patch brings an eSports focus with new game mode Squad Obliteration and plenty more. Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is now live on all platforms. It’s just over 400MB on PC and 1.34GB on consoles. The patch adds new game mode Squad Obliteration and more customisation […]

  • HTC hopes to see Half-Life on VR headset Vive

    Vive manufacturer HTC said that it hopes to see Valve games, including Half-Life, on the virtual reality headset. Speaking to the BBC, HTC chairwoman Cher Wang said that Valve is keen on having its games available on the VR headset. “I think Valve’s best game is Dota, right, and Portal and [Team Fortress] and I […]

  • Make money easily in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

    If you’re looking to buy a fell set of armour for your character in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate but keep falling short on Zenny, this video will show you an easy way to make lots of it. Arekkz Gaming has a very handy tip for all Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate players: how to make Zenny […]

  • This is how you claim free Xbox One games from your Xbox 360

    Microsoft is giving everyone the ability to claim their free Xbox One Games with Gold titles from their Xbox 360 console, even without owning an Xbox One. If you don’t yet own an Xbox One and want to make sure you don’t miss out on all those free Games with Gold games, you’ll be pleased […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for March 3: Heroic and Nightfall detailed

    Bungie has reset the weekly cap of Crucible and Vanguard marks and added new Heroic and Nightfall strikes, now with burn. From now until next Tuesday, the weekly Heroic strike will be The Devil’s Lair with Heroic and Lightswitch modifiers. As for the Nightfall, you’ll be fighting Sepiks Prime with the help of Arc burn. […]

  • Few Mass Effect FemShep cosplays are as elaborate as this one

    The internet is full of Female Commander Shepard cosplay from Mass Effect, but very few are as terrific as this one. Visual artist Freya Willia has spent over two years painstakingly creating the perfect suit of armour and the best weapons to make her cosplay of Female Shepard as authentic as possible, Omni tool and […]

  • Deals with Gold: Assassin’s Creed Unity, Red Dead Redemption and more discounted

    This week’s Deals with Gold titles for Xbox Live subscribers is a good mix of modern games and old favourites. The list of discounted games through this week’s Deals with Gold is live with discounts on Assassin’s Creed Unity, Amazing Spider-Man 2, Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3, and more. The deals are live now […]

  • Destiny guide: how to maximise your Grimoire Points

    Destiny players regularly compare the size of their Grimoire Points. Learn how to make yours the biggest. Destiny guide: how to earn Grimoire Points In Destiny, earning most Grimoire cards is just a matter of playing the game, maybe a little more attentively than usual. You’ll either need to complete a certain number of actions […]

  • Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows will let you play as a baddie

    Shovel Knight owners will benefit from the generosity of Kickstarter backers quite soon. Because Shovel Knight was overfunded during its Kickstarter campaign, developer Yacht Club Games committed to releasing free content updates. The first of these, Plague of Shadows, has now been detailed. The expansion stars baddy Plague Knight, who turns on his former allies, […]

  • GTA controversies, from Hot Coffee to PR manipulation

    GTA has a long history of controversy. The latest Did You Know Gaming tells the full stories behind the sensational headlines. Grand Theft Auto is such a byword for controversy that it’s easy to forget the full context of what actually happened to bring mainstream press, politicians and interest group awareness to the Rockstar series. […]

  • Infamous 2 one of five new PlayStation Now additions for March

    PlayStation Now will expand to the tune of five new games this month. The March PS Now additions are Infamous 2, Twisted Metal, R-Type Dimensions, Alone in the Dark: Inferno and Operation Flashpoint: Red River. PS Now will set you back $20 per month or $45 for a three month subscription. It offers all you […]

  • Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster gets PS4 release date

    Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster hits PS4 in May. The PS4 release date for Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster is May 12 in North America and May 15 in Europe. Gematsu reports a special pre-order bonus calendar with art by Yoshitaka Amano is available through the Square Enix Store and participating retailers. In Europe, pre-ordering […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare getting 15 new Prestige levels

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players can now aspire to the ranks of Grand Master Prestige. Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games will add 15 more Prestige levels to the latest Call of Duty, giving players at max XP a chance to grow even further. According to the Sledgehammer Games blog, when you enter Master level […]

  • Destiny: Crota’s End recreated in Minecraft

    Destiny’s toughest challenge gets even nastier if you throw Creepers into the mix. The ultimate Destiny challenge – for now – is the Crota’s End raid. Taking place in an alternate dimension accessed through the Hellmouth on the Moon, the Raid takes Guardians through a pit of darkness to the resting place of Crota himself. […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D trailer introduces the Heir to the Monado

    Xenoblade Chronicles 3D protagonist Shulk is the Heir to the Monado, his distinctive red sword. Let this trailer fill you in on what that means. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D releases for New 3DS on April 2 in Europe and April 10 in North America. As well as all the content of the Wii original, it has […]

  • The Elder Scrolls: Total War mod covers Morrowind, Oblivion and more

    The Elder Scrolls: Total War is a terrific mod allowing you get get intimately involved with the history of Bethesda’s detailed fantasy universe. The first release of The Elder Scrolls: Total War dropped on the weekend, giving players their first chance to try out LoRdNazgu1‘s creation. This version runs from 3E 427 to 4E 45, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 out now on Steam

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is out now. Yes, we’re surprised too. You can grab Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 on Steam for $8. Developer Scott Cawthon really doesn’t mess about; the game was only announced in early January. Here’s the blurb: Thirty years after Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza closed it’s doors, the events that took […]

  • EVE Online heister makes off with $13,000 worth of goods

    EVE Online is a hotbed of villainy, espionage and backstabbing, but one intrepid corporate thief has made waves even in this setting. The thing about EVE Online is that it’s a true sandbox: the game’s rules are very loose, and allow players to make careers out of theft, piracy, assassination and espionage in addition to […]

  • Marth Amiibo getting a stock refresh in North America

    Nintendo of America has announced a fresh supply of the difficult to find Marth Amiibo. The Marth Amiibo will be back in stock in the US in late April, the platform holder said on Twitter today. Planning to pick up Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. and don’t have a Marth amiibo? More are headed to stores in […]

  • Skyrim beta update upgrades creation kit file size

    Skyrim has been granted a new beta update – more than three years after launch! – to improve the experience for modders and those who use them. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim released in November 2011. I think that’s worth noting before we discuss the beta update that dropped today, even as Bethesda is working […]

  • Paradox’s next epic RPG is, uh, Knights of Pen & Paper 2

    Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is very serious business so please enjoy this very serious trailer. “Return to the dicey world of Knights of Pen & Paper for a new turn-based adventure, where players get to take on the role of players, and also of the game’s encounter-designing, rules-laywering GM in a fully customizable […]

  • Amplitude looks amazing in new gameplay trailer, has a team multiplayer mode

    Amplitude may have been delayed but we still get something this March: a fine new gameplay trailer. Amplitude is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 sometime in northern summer. It’s a reprisal of Harmonix’s classic rhythm action game, a forerunner to its later efforts with Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and was crowdfunded. Update: Turns […]