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Gifting and Loaning Digital Games May Be Coming to Xbox One

Posted by Anthony Bacchus

"We believe in a digital future on our box"

Before reversing their controversial online requirements for the Xbox One shortly after their E3 conference last year, Microsoft was serious about expanding the digital marketplace.

One feature that was left on the cutting room floor was the ability to gift or loan your digital games to friends or family. In a new interview with Gamespot, Head of Microsoft Studios Phil Spencer, revealed that these features are sure to come back in the console's future and that the company wants to focus on digital again.

"On the digital space, and the things that we've talked about, what that opens we understand what games you own and who you are and how you move around and who you might want to loan rights to your games or gift your games to," Spencer said. "We totally believe in that future. And any other marketplace you play in, these kind of mechanisms are out there."

He isn't wrong, either. Valve's Steam service has been allowing gifting for awhile now and has introduced their own Family Sharing program that allows close friends or family to play each other's games. Microsoft was ready to launch their own similar program for Xbox One had their original digital vision never been scrapped.

Spencer briefly spoke about those dark moments at Microsoft when they were being ridiculed for these policies:

"I know when I say this I always get beat up, but I think some of what we were trying to say last summer was right," Spencer said, before acknowledging that Microsoft could've done a much better job in communicating their vision and that Microsoft has most definitely learned their lesson. "We are now fully heads down on thinking about and building out the future of our digital marketplace to enable what people would expect, and hopefully some things that will delight them beyond their expectations."

Let us know your thoughts below on these digital initiatives. Have you embraced digital downloading and does the idea of lending and gifting games appeal to you, or would you rather stick with your boxed copies?


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User Comments (3)



Vincent294 said:

If it doesn't have DRM, count me in. Even if it did, it wouldn't be the end of the world. DRM sucks, but some act like it'll ruin every customer's experience. It'll annoy everyone a bit & count a few out, but it's not horrible. Hopefully they do it without it though. Steam could; they could too.



Gamer83 said:

With all the bs going on at Sony lately and Nintendo's first parties still having consistency issues regarding how quickly they put games out, Xbox One with news like this and the E3 plans, has quickly become the most appealing console. Only thing holding me back is the potential for that damn 24-hour check-in nonsense to return. If we could get a promise it won't I'd be looking to get an X1 as soon as I could work it into my budget.



kensredemption said:

Okay, now THIS is something I could get into. Like if one of my XBL friends loaned me a digital copy of a game for like a week MS could generate a ticket for a "rental" that would expire a week after I boot the title. Kinda reminds me of the PlayStation Plus Full Game Trials I used to dabble in, but longer. Maybe also put in some restrictions like no achievements since they don't actually own the game or something like that.

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