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Xbox One Game Discs Only to be Used for Initial Installation

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Xbox One game discs will be useless after the first install.

In the past few months, the next-generation Xbox rumor mill had been churning at an impressive rate. Allegedly, Durango at one point in its development was going to be always-online, partially to block the installation of used games. The Xbox One reveal today dispelled the always-online myth, but what about the used games?

According to Wired, the Xbox One's blu-ray disc reader is going to be sparsely used. A game disc will only be required for an initial installation. After that, a disc will no longer be required for a One user to play the game. How will this work in the scheme of Xbox One games across different accounts and consoles? Well, an installation fee will be charged should a game be installed on another account (though Microsoft hasn't confirmed what the fee will be). However, it's not clear whether or not players on a second account will be able to run games off the disc to play.

If it does prove to be the case that players on other accounts won't be able to run the game off of discs without the installation fee, it'll definitely prove a handicap to the second-hand games market… or to friends just wanting the ability to swap and borrow games.  

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    xero141 , May 22, 2013 7:20 AM
    I remember when I bought game A, my buddy bought game B. We swapped games when we wanted or went to each other's houses. Back then, we popped the game in and were having fun in 3 minutes flat. Today we buy a game, wait 12 years to install it, wait another 6 to update, load the game, and wait another few years for a level to load, in the end, we beat the game in 6 hours and lose interest. I miss when gaming was fun and fun actually was fun.
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    brickman , May 22, 2013 7:10 AM
    That is just stupid. What if a child and a dad have their own Xbox and they want to play the same game? Buying the same game twice per household is stupid.
    I would protest in everyway, I sell my used games on ebay to fair prices unlike gamestop to buy new games / etc. This is just another moneymaking scheme that I wish the government would crack down on, if it wasn't such of a don't like it, don't buy it thing.
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    jee_are , May 22, 2013 9:42 AM
    With all these measures to hinder/stop people from borrowing, renting or buying used games, the Xbox One may become the most pirated console yet.
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    Anonymous , May 22, 2013 7:07 AM
    well at least they showed an actual console even though it looks like a dated VCR. Isn't tech supposed to progress and these things get thinner lighter smaller?
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    brickman , May 22, 2013 7:10 AM
    That is just stupid. What if a child and a dad have their own Xbox and they want to play the same game? Buying the same game twice per household is stupid.
    I would protest in everyway, I sell my used games on ebay to fair prices unlike gamestop to buy new games / etc. This is just another moneymaking scheme that I wish the government would crack down on, if it wasn't such of a don't like it, don't buy it thing.
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    xero141 , May 22, 2013 7:20 AM
    I remember when I bought game A, my buddy bought game B. We swapped games when we wanted or went to each other's houses. Back then, we popped the game in and were having fun in 3 minutes flat. Today we buy a game, wait 12 years to install it, wait another 6 to update, load the game, and wait another few years for a level to load, in the end, we beat the game in 6 hours and lose interest. I miss when gaming was fun and fun actually was fun.
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    eklipz330 , May 22, 2013 7:29 AM
    i'm here to answer all your questions friends.
    1)the game will play immediately when you put it in. it will install while you play
    2)you can have multiple x1's in the house, and they will all work with your games fine as long as you account is there
    3)used games will still work, although microsoft hasn't clarified the method. my prediction is that each game will come with a code that you must manually enter so as to avoid people from installing their games and then reselling it back to the market.
    4)save games will be on the cloud, you can load your profile on any x1 and play your games from where you left off
    5)microsoft said they accounted for multiple accounts having the same game. so you should be ok there too
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    ubercake , May 22, 2013 7:36 AM
    I like this idea. No need for disks.
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    vmem , May 22, 2013 7:43 AM
    they should make this an option, not a requirement. some people don't mind popping in a disc and want to save HDD space or what not. of course, this does solve the "I scratched my $60 game disc!!!" issue
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    realibrad , May 22, 2013 7:48 AM
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    i'm here to answer all your questions friends.
    1)the game will play immediately when you put it in. it will install while you play
    2)you can have multiple x1's in the house, and they will all work with your games fine as long as you account is there
    3)used games will still work, although microsoft hasn't clarified the method. my prediction is that each game will come with a code that you must manually enter so as to avoid people from installing their games and then reselling it back to the market.
    4)save games will be on the cloud, you can load your profile on any x1 and play your games from where you left off
    5)microsoft said they accounted for multiple accounts having the same game. so you should be ok there too


    If saves are on the cloud, does this mean that if you dont have connection to the internet, you lose your progress until you get it back?
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    bllue , May 22, 2013 7:55 AM
    Like PC games basically.
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    bllue , May 22, 2013 8:04 AM
    Like PC games basically.
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    Grandmastersexsay , May 22, 2013 8:09 AM
    Quote:
    Like PC games basically.


    Unlike a PC game, you will have to pay multiple license fees for multiple users on one Xbox.
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    getochkn , May 22, 2013 8:11 AM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    Like PC games basically.


    Unlike a PC game, you will have to pay multiple license fees for multiple users on one Xbox.


    And where are you pulling this from, beside that spot in the back of you pants where you wallet sits?
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    yhikum , May 22, 2013 8:12 AM
    Let's see how fast this console would be hacked to allow bootleg games to be installed.

    Would corporate organization of people realize usability problem? Hardly. Even admitted, such idea would simply not fit into goals of how organization defines financial growth.

    Would people eventually circumvent hardware? Yes.
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    xelliz , May 22, 2013 8:14 AM
    Microsoft has already been quoted in other articles that the "fee" will be the retail cost of the game. So yes, used games are gone (like I care...but others do) and borrowing games is gone (which I very much care about).
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    acadia11 , May 22, 2013 8:15 AM
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    Like PC games basically.


    Quote:
    Quote:
    Like PC games basically.


    Unlike a PC game, you will have to pay multiple license fees for multiple users on one Xbox.


    Nothing like pc games, it's official I'm done with consoles, ill buy Apple TV and play my games on pc.

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    nino_z , May 22, 2013 8:18 AM
    I am not buying this console if any of those things remain like that. Fuck those guys!
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    Grandmastersexsay , May 22, 2013 8:18 AM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    Quote:
    Like PC games basically.


    Unlike a PC game, you will have to pay multiple license fees for multiple users on one Xbox.


    And where are you pulling this from, beside that spot in the back of you pants where you wallet sits?


    It was in the article you are posting about you jabroni.

    "Well, an installation fee will be charged should a game be installed on another account..."

    Go try to play two separate campaigns on Halo 4 without signing out of your account.
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    TheMadFapper , May 22, 2013 8:24 AM
    I'm only buying a One for the exclusives like Halo. Other than that, PC gaming is the way to go.
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    Maxor127 , May 22, 2013 8:26 AM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    Quote:
    Quote:
    Like PC games basically.


    Unlike a PC game, you will have to pay multiple license fees for multiple users on one Xbox.


    And where are you pulling this from, beside that spot in the back of you pants where you wallet sits?


    It was in the article you are posting about you jabroni.

    "Well, an installation fee will be charged should a game be installed on another account..."

    Go try to play two separate campaigns on Halo 4 without signing out of your account.


    From what I read somewhere, you install a game and then it's tied to your account, similar to Steam, but you can also add permissions for other accounts to play the game.
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    the1kingbob , May 22, 2013 8:29 AM
    And one of the best aspects of console gaming dies...
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    gigantor21 , May 22, 2013 8:34 AM
    Like PC gaming, without the power, upgradability or upgrades. Or free netplay. -_-
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