Family Sharing Plan Could Return For Xbox One

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When Microsoft reversed its online DRM for Xbox One, many people celebrated this move. However some people missed the family sharing feature. There is a chance it might come back.

In an interview with IGN, Microsoft’s Marc Whitten talks about the possibility of adding the removed features such as the aforementioned family sharing plan on Xbox One. This allowed multiple accounts to play all of the games tied to another person’s account.

He’s what he said:

“We took some feedback and realized there was some stuff we needed to add to the program. To add it to the program, we had to make room, just from a pure engineering perspective, to be able to get that work done. So taking Family Sharing out of the launch window was not about ‘we’re going to take our toys and go home’ or something like that. It was just sort of the logistics of ‘how do we get this very, very clear request that people really want, that choice, and how do we make sure we can do an excellent job of that, get to launch, and then be able to build a bunch of great features?’”

During the rest of the interview, he reiterated the fact that it was important for Microsoft to give consumers options when it came to the Xbox One. Not everyone (now) welcomes an all digital gaming console when internet is still not up to scratch to most of the countries in the world.

If Microsoft can find a way to add family sharing back, but somehow not add in back the restrictions the console had before, then I’m sure most gamers will finally be happy.

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Damian Antony Seeto


Game reviewer from New Zealand

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