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Xbox One owners will be able to sell, share games, but not rent them

Mark Hachman | June 10, 2013
Microsoft Xbox One owners will be able to sell and share games, Microsoft said on Thursday, although third-party publishers can opt out if they choose.

Who's going to allow games to be sold—and who won't?
Microsoft also said that gamers would be allowed to sell their games back to retailers without Microsoft charging any fees. But forget about rentals:  "Loaning or renting games won't be available at launch, but we are exploring the possibilities with our partners," Microsoft said.

That means companies like Redbox and Gamefly, among others, won't be allowed to participate in Xbox One game rentals.

And Microsoft also gave the option to third-party publishers to quash game resales, which means that there will undoubtedly be a list of companies who will be identified as blocking games sales.

Connectivity confirmed
Xbox One owners will need to be connected to play games, although not at all times.

Microsoft recommended either using a mobile broadband connection or a wired ethernet connection with a minimum speed of 1.5 Mbit/s. However, you won't be able to take your One away to a cabin in the woods without logging in at least once.

"With Xbox One you can game offline for up to 24 hours on your primary console, or one hour if you are logged on to a separate console accessing your library," Microsoft said. "Offline gaming is not possible after these prescribed times until you re-establish a connection, but you can still watch live TV and enjoy Blu-ray and DVD movies. "

Kinect privacy
Microsoft also said that users can turn on, off, or even "pause" the associated Kinect sensor, so users can watch what they want without fear of Microsoft's Kinect watching you.

Microsoft also said that its sensor won't "listen" to users when not in use. Even the voice control ("Xbox On") can be turned off, the company said.


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