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01 November 2014

BSkyB, Microsoft and MCV talk XboxONE

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It's been a busy day today for MS and BSkyB as the companies set about rectifying rumours around the new Xbox One. 

The Microsoft XboxSky, or SkyBoxONE

 

BSkyB you ask? Well yes, last week the UK entertainment distributor MCV told consumers that Microsoft were talking to the broadcaster about using the XBO as a set top box from launch, allowing for a subscription based around the console with the console itself coming at a reduced price. 
 
MCV seemed to believe that £399 was the asking price on the table for the new console, however these rumours were quashed this morning by a spokesman for BSkyB who said:
We have no plans to sell Xbox hardware as part of a Sky subscription.
Somewhat disappointing, however they haven't ruled out that they may be able to offer the custom TV services from launch, as they continued
We have a longstanding partnership with Microsoft by which we distribute our content via Sky Go and NOW TV on Xbox. We look forward to continuing to work with them as part of our commitment to giving our customers more ways to watch Sky programming in addition to their Sky+ HD box.

The used games fiasco

Following up possibly one of the worst PR stunts we've ever seen, Microsoft have finally tried to start the damage limitation on the ongoing used games fiasco. Microsoft confirmed that games would have a code that would be needed to activate them, and if players want to trade that game in, the code would have to be relinquished to a reseller who would then deactivate it ready for the next person.
 
Microsoft has confirmed that this was still the case, however the generic PR release stated that
Microsoft does not charge a platform fee to retailers, publishers, or consumers for enabling transfer of these games. We designed Xbox One so game publishers can enable you to trade in your games at participating retailers.
The release then talks about third party policies, stating that 
Third party publishers may opt in or out of supporting game resale and may set up business terms or transfer fees with retailers. Microsoft does not receive any compensation as part of this. In addition, third party publishers can enable you to give games to friends. Loaning or renting games won't be available at launch, but we are exploring the possibilities with our partners. 
This pretty much confirms that lending games has been an utter oversight, seeing as this commonplace act won't be available as a feature from launch day. What were really witnessing is MS saying "oh **** people are pretty furious about this, better sort it". MS continued on to confirm its daily check routine would still be in place to check for license validity in case you've traded in your game, they also confirmed the highly controversial act of locking out your games until the check is done.
 
But on the last note, I really don't have a problem with this. My Internet connection is always on, and I don't actually know anyone who doesn't have an always on connection nowadays, and if your service is so bad that your net drops out frequently, you need to change ISP.
 

How do you feel about the way Microsoft is handling this? Let us know below!

 

 

 

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