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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