Microsoft Hints Xbox One Digital Sharing Could Return
Could digital sharing return?
by Luke KarmaliMarch 26, 2014
Microsoft has said its original digital vision for Xbox One has not been forgotten, hinting that elements of the digital sharing feature could return.
Speaking to Gamespot, Xbox chief Phil Spencer suggested that the company is looking at ways to reintroduce ways to let you gift and loan titles digitally.
"We believe in a digital future on our box," 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.
“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. We totally believe in that future. And any other marketplace you play in, these kind of mechanisms are out there.
"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."
When it was first announced, Microsoft had a number of controversial plans for Xbox One restricting the use of used games and requiring the console to be always online. Following a strong backlash, these were almost all reversed.
While it doesn't sound like the most-maligned elements will be returning any time soon, it does sound like Microsoft hasn't given up completely on its original vision for the console.