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[u]Update:[/u] Added information from today's Yahoo chat.

Below I'm putting up some of the most frequently asked questions so others too can be get some clarity (I'll be adding sources a bit later and maybe extending it): 

Why the name Xbox One?

Larry Hryb had this to say on the subject: " Xbox One because it is the ultimate all-in-one entertainment system. As far 720 is concerned...that was a name the community came up with. We never considered that name. "

Is the Xbox One always online?

No, but there will be some features which will require a connection at some point. MS's reasoning for this is that the Xbox One is a modern console designed to take advantage of what the internet has to offer - cloud, updates, content, persistent games.etc.etc.

The comment made by Phil Harrison that the Xbox One will need to check in once every 24 hours has been dismissed by MS, they've stated: "There have been reports of a specific time period - these were discussions of potential scenarios, but we have not confirmed any details today, nor will we be."

Larry Hryb has this to say on the subject of always on connection: " No. It does not have to be always connected but it does require an internet connection.  "

He also had this to say on how XBL will aid games: "Indeed…the new architecture allows developers to do processing in the cloud in really really smart ways. That will results in much richer gaming experiences than ever before. " 

Phil Harrison has since changed his message on the subject of the 24 hour check in: "We've not made a specific announcement on the details of that. "

Can separate accounts on the same console play the same game?

Most likely yes. Larry Hryb has this to say on the subject: "As I noted earlier we're still working on some of the policies..but our goal is that it would work like it works today on Xbox 360. "

Can you trade and resell games?

Yes. MS will be giving further details about this, so in what form this will take and how controlled is unknown at the moment.

Larry Hryb has this to say on used games: "We are still months away from the launch of Xbox One & policy decisions are still being finalized."

Eurogamer are now reporting that the rumoured activation fee is correct but it is paid by the shop and not the shopper. The process consists of a collaboration between MS and the retail chain, and ensures retailer, publisher and MS get a cut of the profits. Therefore, the price you see on a used game is the price you will pay to play it. The article also states the cost of the activation fee is not finalised by MS yet. 

Larry Hyrb has put up a new official statement on his Major Nelson blog: " 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."

(The fee for playing a used game was stated by MS as a potential scenario, see the Polygon article below) 



Can you lend games?

Maybe, but currently no. MS's current line is that games are now tied to a single account. Essentially, the new system is like a Steamworks game. You buy the game, install it, activate it with a key and then it is tied to your account. You can access it wherever but only on your account. Larry Hryb's clarified blog statement has backed this up.

As for the maybe part: Xboxsupport has said they are looking into making lending possible.

(The fee for playing a used game was stated by MS as a potential scenario, see the Polygon article below) 

Is the Xbox One backwards compatible?

No, previous gen games will not work on the Xbox One, this also includes purchased XBLA games.  MS cited the reason as a technical limitation due to new core architecture.

Larry Hryb confirmed this: " Xbox One hardware is not compatible with Xbox 360 games. We designed Xbox One to play an entirely new generation of games. Games are architected to take full advantage of the state of the art processors and infinite power of the cloud. "

Does the Kinect work in smaller spaces? 

Yes. Larry Hryb had this to  say: " It does. It has a much wider field of view which will allow it work in smaller spaces. A 1080p wider field of view even! "

Will Xbox's TV features work in my country?

This depends on where you live. Xbox One's TV features will be rolled out in the US first and then worldwide, the reason cited is that around the world every cable/satellite service is different so it will take time to roll out to everyone, but, ultimately, they will be aiming for worldwide.

Why were there no games? 

MS wanted to show off their console first, that was the focus. Although they did spend some time highlighting a few major titles and mentioned 15 exclusive new IPs they will be announcing (8 will be brand new).

The reason why it wasn't more games heavy is explained by Harvey Eagle, Xbox UK's marketing chief:

 "E3 is absolutely all about the games. E3 is gaming, gaming, gaming. We've been very clear about that internally in our planning." ... "But we felt that there was another part, and we didn't want to wait until after E3 to start telling that story. So that's why we went with the plan tonight: to come out of the gate with the overall vision for the box, an all-in-one device with games, TV and entertainment. We didn't want to forget games entirely tonight, because then there's the risk that people think we're forgetting them, and that couldn't be further from the truth. But we tried to be clear that E3 completes the story, and that's where you'll see the games."

This is reflected by Larry Hryb's response on today's live chat on what will be focussed on at E3: "Games. Games. GAMES :) ". He also went on to say this about how appealing the console would be to hardcore gamers: " I think they’ll be happy after E3."

Will Indie developers be allowed on Xbox One?

Larry Hryb had this to say on the subject: " We're working on a plan for Xbox One is a platform that allows all creators, including those who work on games and apps, regardless of team size, funding, biz model, etc. to be a part of the future of Xbox One."

Phil Harrison recently addressed the question on support of indie games: "You've seen on Xbox 360 that Microsoft has, I think, pioneered a commitment to new development talent through Xbox Live Arcade and the indie channel. What we've done on Xbox One is we've been very purposeful in removing these distinctions between categories of games. We don't want to infer quality by the size of the developer that created it - they're just 'games' to us, which is why you only see games as one category."

How much will the console be?

No details yet. Some UK priced preorders are pegged at £399, but this is still a placeholder price.

Larry Hryb had this to say on the subject: " We have not announced price yet...look for details on that later this year.  "

Will a headset be bundled with an Xbox One?

Larry Hryb had this to say on bundled headsets: "We'll have details on accessories at E3...it's only 18 days away now.  "

Sources: 

http://www.polygon.com/2013/5/21/4347122/xbox-next-gen-always-on-requirements-microsoft

http://www.polygon.com/2013/5/21/4353538/xbox-one-perform-recurring-online-checks-even-for-offline-play

http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2013-05-22-xbox-one-e3-is-absolutely-all-about-the-games

http://majornelson.com/2013/05/21/xbox-one-and-used-games/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y508_rXPogQ&feature=em-uploademail

http://www.destructoid.com/xbox-one-won-t-support-xbox-360-xbla-games-254177.phtml

http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/21/4350662/new-xbox-has-no-backwards-compatibilty

http://majornelson.com/2013/05/21/join-me-wednesday-for-an-yahoo-chat/

http://news.xbox.com/2013/05/qa

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2013-05-24-this-is-how-xbox-one-game-trade-ins-will-work-apparently

http://www.computerandvideogames.com/408688/interviews/interview-phil-harrison-on-xbox-one-indies-pre-owned-games-and-more/



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