Microsoft Unhappy With “Inaccurate” Reports On Used Games

Microsoft has expressed frustration at how inconsistent reports on the used game capabilities for Xbox One are, giving them something in common with all the rest of us.
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It has been a frustrating week for those of us looking for concrete answers regarding the rumors circulating about Xbox One since before Microsoft revealed it.  Between the reveal itself not touching on any of them and the conflicting responses various individuals from Microsoft giving mixed messages and contradictory possibilities there has been a dearth of non-information, especially on the subject of used games.

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Microsoft has made an official statement, now, expressing frustration at how “inaccurate and incomplete” the reports game journalists have been making regarding the topic are.

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.

Ignoring the fact this doesn’t actually clear anything up, I’m gonna have to agree with Destructoid’s response to this formal statement.  “Reports are inaccurate and incomplete? Whose fault is that, Microsoft?”

As a company, Microsoft has had months to prepare for this reveal, during which time all sorts of rumors arose.  There is literally no possible way they could not have expected those questions, those rumors to come up once they started making formal reveals, formal statements, and started releasing formal information on the upcoming console’s capabilities.

Kinda how we feel too, Don.

To turn around and claim to be angry at us, the journalists who are trying to make sense of all these mixed messages…  If I was not already upset with the entire mindset Microsoft has adopted regarding the Xbox One’s capabilities, focus, and potential, it would be enough to make me seriously question the responsibility of the company’s console division.

If you are not prepared to give answers to certain questions then it is not our responsibility to make sure your employees know not to say what they think they know.  If we had been told nothing at all about used games or internet requirements it would have left us wondering and likely worried, but at least it would have been consistent.  It is our job, our duty, to relay what information we are given.  Do not blame us for doing so because the message we were given is “inaccurate and incomplete”.

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