When Microsoft unveiled their eight generation console [Xbox One] back in 2013 it was the Redmond-based companies intention to provide gamers with the option to share purchased digital games with friends, this was a feature that had real promise at the time of its announcement and was often seen as one of the console’s main selling points. The ensuing problems and immediate backlash regarding DRM or Digital Rights Management saw their initial pledge go unfilled, with Microsoft reversing their decision to make game sharing part of the Xbox One main features as well as stepping back from a few of their other plans.
The ability to purchase games digitally from the Xbox One Store or Marketplace and then share them with friends was one of Microsofts key features when the current gen console was announced in 2013 but has the idea been permanently placed on the backburner or is it something Xbox One users can still expect in the future. Currently, STEAM members have the option to share their entire library of games with friends online as well as being able to purchase games as digital gifts for whoever they wish. Speaking with Game Informer, head of programming at Xbox, Mike Ybarra confirmed that the game share feature was still something they were looking into.
[box type=”shadow” align=”aligncenter” class=”” width=””]”Steam has a great family plan right now, we’re looking at both from a Windows standpoint – well, what’s our policy of the Windows Store? How many people can play concurrent? How do you share? We’re going to merge those two topologies soon so that a whole new model for how you share games across that will be in place. We’re actively working on that now to try to figure [it out], but we want to get to a much simpler model and potentially one that lets you do more… have a little bit more freedom in what you can and can’t do.”[/box]
Until the game share becomes a reality there are still ways to share Xbox One titles with a friend and that works by setting your friend’s Xbox One system as your home Xbox console via the settings tab and then setting your Xbox as your friend’s home Xbox. When you set an Xbox as a your home Xbox, it gives any user signed into that console the ability to play the games from that primary user although this is generally frowned upon.