During E3 in 2013, Microsoft has made the announcement that they planned to let Xbox One users share games that were digitally purchased with their friends and family. However, they couldn’t implement all of the features that they had planned to roll out following the E3 announcement, mainly out of fear that Digital Rights Management policies would result in strong backlash from gamers. This includes the digital game sharing feature.
Microsoft’s head of Xbox programming, Mike Ybarra, has recently spoken about the planned sharing feature. He told Game Informer that the company is working on developing a new sharing model that will allow people to share their games without too many restrictions.
In his reply Ybaraa said,
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.
While gamers wait for the feature to be officially released, there is a workaround that lets them share their digital games with another Xbox One user. It is actually quite simple to do. All that the user has to do is to go into the “Settings” tab of their console and set their system as their friend’s home Xbox One and then have their friend do the same thing on their console. Doing so allows any user that is signed in on each console to play games owned by the “primary user” of the Xbox One, essentially allowing both to play games belonging to each other.
Even though it would seem that Microsoft has other priorities as far as the Xbox One goes, there is a high chance that game sharing will be officially released at some point in the future.
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