It's been almost a week and there remains much confusion as it pertains to the Xbox One and how used games fit into its overall master plan. Everyone from high-ranking officials in random interviews to help desk support specials via Twitter have had something to say (and much of it conflicting), but Microsoft refuses to offer a clear cut, definitve answer.
The belief is that they're waiting until E3 to reveal plans, and granted, that is the perfect venue to for such matters. But many believe that Microsoft cannot afford to wait that long, even if it's just two weeks away, Much goodwill has been lost among its core userbase, and with each passing day, even more will continue to write the One off.
Granted, there is also the belief that something like Halo 5 might make everyone who has been so vociferous about wanting nothing to do with the One to do a total 180 and eat crow. Maybe. But maybe not.
Then along comes Major Nelson to the rescue? Real name Larry Hryb, the good major has been the voice of Microsoft that gamers have grown to trust, because he hears the frustration of Microsoft's core user base and often responds accordingly. And, it seems appropriate that he be the one to finally address the matter, once and for all.
So, what did the Major Nelson have to say about the matter? Unfortunately, not much:
"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."
Yup, that's it. He simply reiterated the same empty company line that everyone has been fed for the past couple of days. Such a shame.
Again, many of the core gamers, the vital backbone of the Xbox user base, are the ones who are most agitated by MS and the company simply can't afford to lose a single one. Starting some sort of dialogue between them and Major Nelson… even if, at the end of the day, it's some transparent PR stunt, would be something. But no.
It’s important to note that those who are the most troubled by what they hear about the One are the people who were looking forward to the new Xbox the most. They love their 360s and want a reason to love the next console. Yet Microsoft is not giving them a reason.