Last year, Microsoft changed its Xbox One policy and eliminated the alluring “family sharing” option that would allow users in the same family to share their games library with up to 10 members on Xbox One.
However, Phil Spencer, head of Xbox said in a recent podcast interview with GamerTagRadio that there is a huge possibility that the company will reinstate this feature in the future.
“We looked at the digital features that we had talked about last year and as a gamer, there were a lot of those features that I think really resonated and were smart features for people who really have a lot of games and maybe play on a couple consoles or have bunch of people in the house or want to share with friends,” Spencer said. “As I look at our monthly update roadmap, those kind of features are in our roadmap. There is a little bit of a challenge now that you’ve got DRM on a disc.”
The interviewer suggested that the company can bring back the feature and introduce a sharing plan for digital games only, to which Spencer said that it would not be fair to people who have purchased a physical copy of a game. “That’s not an excuse for not doing it,” Spencer admitted. He also added that when (if) they implement this feature, they will do it the right way.
The company is also working on a similar pre-loading feature, allowing gamers to pre-order and pre-load digital copies of games, that Sony has introduced on PlayStation.Further reading: Family sharing feature, Microsoft, Xbox One