Microsoft Looking Into Digital Game Sharing For Xbox One

But they will look into this feature from a Windows 10 standpoint.

Posted By | On 16th, Mar. 2016 Under News


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It appears that Microsoft might be looking to do even more than it already is when it comes to digital gaming and streaming games. Currently the company has allowed people who have an Xbox One and Windows 10 to stream their games on the console over to their Windows 10 PC. Now there is apparently talk about allowing gamers to digitally share their Xbox One games with their friends.

Xbox’s Mike Ybarra recently sat down with Game Informer to talk about a number of different issues and among those was whether or not digitally sharing games might eventually be coming down the pike. According to the exec, he and his team are definitely looking into the situation:

“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,” Ybarra said.

It should be pointed out that right now, it doesn’t appear as if an easy way to share your games digitally with other users is coming in the very near future. But given that Microsoft is at least talking about it seems to indicate that such a feature may land up on the Xbox One after all.

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  • sgt_hammertime

    Looking forward to it when it’s finally here. My friends and and a lot of people I know went all digital this gen so come on Microsoft let’s go!

    • One With Shadows

      Should’ve got the PS4 hey?

    • SGlenn

      wow, the fact that you clearly aren’t paying attention. DIGITAL not disc. PS4 can’t share digital games either. Even less so than Xbox One.

    • One With Shadows

      Ever heard of share play, you idiot? I never said anything about digital or disc. Just that the PS4 is what he should’ve got if he wanted to share.

    • SGlenn

      You did actually mention Discs in your other post, and you still don’t get it. SharePlay is not the same thing. Shareplay is someone joining your game for a limited amount of time and playing with you, on your system. Digital game sharing, as talked about in the article, is about LOANING your game to a friend for them to download and play on their system whenever they want for like a week.

      oh, and you clearly have me confused with someone who cares what a stranger on the internet thinks of them and what names they might call me. Try having a civil conversation once in a while. But then you’d have to get off your PS4 to do that.

    • One With Shadows

      Yeah, well, digital sharing is just a theory then isn’t it. As I said, I’ve been sharing games for a long time on my PS4, regardless as to how you want to slice it.

    • SGlenn

      Splitting hairs to be sure, but the difference IS the point of the article. 🙂 Whatever and whenever it happens, playing with friends is always more enjoyable.

    • SGlenn

      You might be able to add your friend as a family member and share already, but haven’t tried it from different consoles myself.

    • sgt_hammertime

      it wouldn’t work form different consoles….but any account that’s on the same xbox can play whatever game that’s on the xbox unless set up parental controls for child accounts.

  • One With Shadows

    I’ve been doing this for almost 2 years on my PS4…with disc based games also! MS is just lost this gen.

    • SGlenn

      Digital game sharing is not the same thing as disc sharing, so your point is invalid. Plus, You know MS announced Digital game sharing when it was launching the Xbox One. Players were going to be able to share games with people on their friends list, and “loan” it to them to play. The game would just be unplayable by the first person until it was “returned”. But because everyone freaked out about Digital Media and DRM(Like MS or Valve would ever take your games back) Xbox had to get rid of the feature. Currently, Anyone in a family on Xbox Live shares all Xbox Live Gold features and games with no issues. This would just be an extension of that. Think of it like the Amazon Kindle Owners Lending Library.

    • One With Shadows

      MS announced a lot of things when it was launching the bone. Lol

    • Cabal

      I’ve been doing *almost* the same thing on the Xbox mate.

      Brother in law’s Xbox set as my home one, and vice versa. Buy digital from foreign marketplaces to save money, go halves, can both play same game online at the same time, no restrictions.

      Obviously it’s restricted by being only able to “share” with one person, but it’s not as lacking as you presume it to be.


 

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