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[Update] No Used Copies of the Elder Scrolls Online for Console
Update: Bethesda has released a statement clearing up any confusion about Elder Scrolls Online needing a code for console versions. A spokesperson for Bethesda released the following, “The physical console version of The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited does not require a one-time game code, as with any other boxed PS4 / Xbox One game only the game disc is needed for verification.” Also confirming this is the official Twitter account for The Elder Scrolls Online who later posted, “In case you were wondering: The console disc version of #ESOTU works like other boxed console games and doesn’t require a one-time use code.”
Original: According to a post in the official Elder Scrolls Online forums the other day, PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game will require a special code in order to activate the game and allow you to play, which means that there aren’t going to be any used copies of the game and you won’t be able to rent a copy either.
In the post, Zenimax Online Studios posted that “To clarify, you will need a unique game registration code in order to play the game, and used copies will not be eligible to receive a key if the code has already been redeemed.” They further went on to explain, “It works the same way as the PC version in that the code included in the box is to activate your ESOTU account and the discs are for installation purposes. If you own the disc but don’t have a key, you’ll be able to install the game and reach the login screen, but you won’t be able to log in and access the game without an active ESOTU account.” This may come as an upset for anyone who wanted to get the game and let friends try it out and see if they would have wanted to buy it themselves.
[Source: The Elder Scrolls Forum]