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RUMOR: Publishers and Microsoft to Receive a Cut of Xbox One Pre-Owned Game Sales

Posted on May 24, 2013 AT 06:38am

It’s already been confirmed that Xbox One will still allow for games to be traded in, but quite how the system will work hasn’t been explained yet, however a new report explains exactly what will happen and who gets a cut.

MCV has gotten in touch with several U.K. retail sources who have explained how the system will work. A customer can take their used disc copy of an Xbox One title into any store as long as the store has ”agreed to Microsoft’s [terms and conditions] and more importantly integrated Microsoft’s cloud-based Azure pre-owned system into its own,” according to MCV. Once the game disc has been registered on the store’s system it will be wiped from your Xbox Live account, meaning that you can no longer access the game.

The retailer can then sell the game for whatever price they like, however, unlike before where retailers got to keep 100 percent of the resale, Microsoft and the game’s publisher will now get a cut of the sale with retailers keeping the remaining money.

This is basically what publishers have wanted all along, a slice of the resale action. The major problem that companies have with second hand game sales is that they don’t get any of the revenue, well now they do. The only problem is that pre-owned games won’t be as cheap as they used to be as retailers will want to recoup the losses from Microsoft’s and the publisher’s cut.

It’s wise to remember that this isn’t confirmed as the official system so don’t take it as read. Microsoft has stated that it will officially reveal its trade-in plans in the future.

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