Xbox One Game Sharing Could Still Happen
Do you remember all those Xbox One features that got scrapped in favour of appeasing the masses? We all kind of hated them until they were gone but now they might make a return. At least some of them.
Does that mean it’s time to break out the concentrated hater-ade again?
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Ignoring the console DRM, the prospect of family sharing on Xbox One, especially with digital distribution growing in popularity, is very appealing. It’s great on Steam.
GameSpot asked Microsoft’s Phil Spencer about features like family sharing and game loaning, which were axed when gamers reacted badly to the concept of an always-online, DRM-driven console platform. Spencer is hopeful of some of those features making a comeback.
“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,” Spencer said.
“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.”
He’s not wrong, Microsoft were just a little too far ahead of the rest of us with their thinking. The company does still believe in a digital future though.
“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.”
Would you like to see family sharing make a return? What would be the trade-off for that though? Chances are we’d see the console DRM make a return to facilitate that feature.