All sorts of nightmare scenarios have been painted on how the upcoming Xbox One will deal with used games, and Xbox Live’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb released an official statement with the intention of “clarifying” the issue.
The ability to trade in and resell games is important to gamers and to Xbox. Xbox One is designed to support the trade in and resale of games. Reports about our policies for trade in and resale are inaccurate and incomplete. We will disclose more information in the near future.
I personally see only two problems with that. One, I don’t think any report stated that the Xbox One doesn’t “support” the trade in and resale of games. They all stated that it will require paying a fee, which is still support. Actually it qualifies even more as “support” than what we have with the current consoles, since there’d be an official system for it in place. So this clarification doesn’t really clarify much.
Secondly, I find it rather sad to see “reports” blamed for inaccuracy. It’s not very believable that most game journalists that attended the event and interviewed top Microsoft executives somehow conspired to provide a skewed vision of the console. I’d personally suggest, instead of blaming “reports”, to encourage the Microsoft top brass to gag their executives until all policies are all finalized and firmly in place. “No comment” may not sound too cool, but it’s still a very viable option.
Lesson learned, I hope.