Okay, maybe I was being too hard on the Xbox One yesterday. Let's start fresh with an examination of Microsoft's plans to let gamers lend and borrow the videogames that they've purchased.
Xbox One is designed so game publishers can enable you to give your disc-based games to your friends. There are no fees charged as part of these transfers. There are two requirements: you can only give them to people who have been on your friends list for at least 30 days and each game can only be given once. (Via.)
Well, that's two more restrictions than games have had until now, and two more restrictions clearly made to make game publishers' lives better, not consumers'. But hey, at least Microsoft is
letting gamers buy used games from and sell used games to whoever they want letting publishers consider if they want to allow gamers to buy and sell their used games at participating retailers.
Today, some gamers choose to sell their old disc-based games back for cash and credit. We designed Xbox One so game publishers can enable you to trade in your games at participating retailers. Microsoft does not charge a platform fee to retailers, publishers, or consumers for enabling transfer of these games. (Via.)
Aw, no fee? How considerate! And I'm sure publishers will be lining up to support this, considering how they start hissing and clawing whenever anyone says "used games."
Sony, meanwhile, unveiled their PlayStation 4 last night—and not only were they somehow able to avoid making any rape jokes during their presentation, they also announced the PS4 will cost $100 less than the Xbox One and not have any pain-in-the-ass, anti-consumer restrictions on used games. Here's how Sony explained their policy on used games, which is a little bit less complicated than Microsoft's.
I shouldn't love that ad so much, considering it's basically just saying, "Hey, look, we have some common fucking sense." But man, I do love it so much. I guess this week, pointing out that you have some common fucking sense is a bold statement.