With E3, the world’s biggest video game expo, approaching, Sony and Microsoft are getting ready to wow the entertainment world with their next generation consoles.
But some features of the new iterations of the Xbox and PlayStation — be they announced or just rumored — are driving a wedge between the gaming giants and some of their fans.
At the heart of the issue in both cases is whether gamers will be allowed to play games they buy on more than one console. That impacts everything from reselling games to taking them over to a friend’s house to play, but that could be at odds with game creators’ desire to make sure everyone playing their games have paid for them.
Microsoft’s pre-owned game policy for their new Xbox One console has been a source of confusion and contention. The company has issued conflicting statements about whether installing a game on a second console would require a fee, or whether doing so would lock the game on the original console.
The company’s latest statement still leaves questions. “We know there is some confusion around used games on Xbox One, but we have confirmed that we designed it to enable our customers to trade in and resell games at retail,” the company said, with no elaboration, in a statement to CNN. “Beyond that we haven’t confirmed any specific scenarios.”
The phrase “we’ll have more details to share later” seems to be a common refrain from representatives, with the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo opening in a few weeks.