Xbox One Family Sharing and ability to trade, loan digital games to be “revisited” in the future

Wednesday, 4th September 2013 21:24 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Microsoft senior director Albert Penello, like Xbox chief product officer Marc Whitten, believes the scrapped “family sharing” plan announced alongside Xbox One will return someday, along with the ability to trade downloaded games.

Speaking with Gamespot, Penello said the firm was originally “trying to implement the ability to trade [and] loan digital games to friends, which is something that no one else was doing.”

“I believe, in retrospect that people have calmed down and gone back and actually looked at what we said, people are starting to understand, ‘Wow, they did want actually to allow me to loan and trade’ which other digital ecosystems don’t want to do,” he said. “I think we need to do that. That has to be part of the experience. Right now, we’re focused on launch and we switched the program back to discs, because that’s what customers wanted. ”

Penello said the “family sharing” feature which would have allowed a game license to be shared with up to 10 family members on Xbox One will be revisited “when the time is right.”

Microsoft announced this morning Xbox One would release on November 22 in 13 territories: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, UK, and USA.

Other markets will follow in 2014.



  1. Arcnail

    “I believe, in retrospect that people have calmed down and gone back and actually looked at what we said, people are starting to understand”

    You might have said it, and maybe your DRM and all that you 180′d on was where it should have went.

    Problem here isn’t that we didn’t listen, your PR and information was so freaking broken up and unclear, people came up with their own conclusion on what your console would have been.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. monkeygourmet


    “Once we figure out what we actually meant regarding these features, we will potentially bring them back. But, they may not be the same features, just changed to whatever seems appropriate at the time…”

    #2 1 year ago
  3. salarta

    Nobody had a problem with Microsoft providing a way to trade, loan or sell digital games.

    Everyone had a problem with Microsoft forcing people to check in online once per day to be able to play their games, especially physical discs, and that the system Microsoft had in place was simultaneously set up to purposely keep people from being able to sell, trade, lend or rent physical copies of used games. There’s where Microsoft screwed up with their plan.

    It was a dual-pronged attempt to screw consumers out of their rights as consumers and owners of physical property, and to force “progress” so they can minimize how long they need to pay for Blu-Ray functionality before they can toss it and make their systems download only.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. sebastien rivas

    sounds like a great feature. As long as, I, the XB1 owner stay in control of that feature without sending anonymous data to people/location I don’t know about.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Silent Killer01

    Well if they flat out say now it will hurt sales.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Pitts

    It sucks that we didn’t listen and understand that those poor martyrs for progress on high at Microsoft were offering us Eden. They would have given us the world… and we spat in their faces! If only we had listened! We could have had it all! /s

    #6 1 year ago
  7. polygem

    “people are starting to understand…”

    ah, i see, ms STILL hasn’t started to understand.

    communication is so off i cannot believe it.

    everyone did understand…that was your problem ms. people weren’t as dumb as you thought. now, please don’t make the same mistake again with arrogant statements like those above.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. DrDamn

    I’d like to see some of the good features come back for digital purchases. No need for a check in with digital.

    Used to work for a company that encouraged discussion and applying for patents across a wide range of stuff. In one of the discussions I suggested trying to patent a method of trading in digital purchases like games. They poo-pooed my idea and went off discussing something else. Pfft. :)

    #8 1 year ago
  9. polygem

    @8: they will probably soon remember it and think, DAMN dr was right…

    #9 1 year ago
  10. Bloodstorm

    Oh dear MS/PRs, we understood you pretty well even though your message was a mess.
    #3 has it exactly right.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. fearmonkey

    24 hour check in…no thanks! Steam may have a check in, but its a much longer timeframe. I think most people who console game don’t want their consoles to be like their PC, I know I don’t.

    Family sharing, digital trades and loan games sounds really nice, but not at the cost they were requiring. It was way more restrictive than Steam.

    Thank you Sony!

    #11 1 year ago
  12. Fin

    “Game exec says popular feature will be thought about in future”

    #12 1 year ago
  13. MCTJim

    Simple to do…bring back family sharing with Digital only to start and see how it works.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. bobnice

    The physical disks would have entitled you to own the digital counterpart as well. So one you installed your physical disk, you would then forever own the digital version as well. This was a win win for those who wanted the best of both worlds. Unfortunately now this isnt the case because everyone only wanted “physical disks.” And the 24hr online check-in was to make sure you wouldnt install your physical disk then unplug your system and allow your friends to install that same disk on many other users consoles then unplug their systems.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. sebastien rivas

    +1, forceful but nonetheless truthful, +1

    #15 1 year ago
  16. sebastien rivas

    I don’t think Steam has a check in or if it has then it IS miles away from what MS was offering!
    Steam works in 2 modes, Online or Offline.
    I stay offline playing my solo games for weeks on and often with NO internet whatsoever and Steam never opened a failed window like … you CAN’T PLAY mouhaaaaaahahahahahaha you need to be online

    All Steam wants and I agree with it is that you have to be logged in with your loggin and password, then you go offline and as far as I know as long as I want.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. salarta

    @14: No, it’s not a win win. At all.

    The point of a physical disc is to own it as a physical object, and to use it as a physical object would be used. If all it does is download the game onto the console, then why the hell have a physical disc in the first place? More importantly, why expect anyone to have to pay the full price of $50-$60 under those conditions?

    All you’re doing is downloading a game without using an internet connection to download it, and you STILL are required to have an internet connection anyway or you lose your access. More importantly, what the hell happens to your DIGITAL game, that you paid $50-$60 to buy and get a novelty worthless physical disc out of the deal, when Microsoft discontinues the server access and customer support for XBox One? How many video games will disappear with no chance to ever play them again just because people can’t access the server anymore to download it or prove they’re allowed to play it?

    People at Microsoft tried to claim that they were trying to follow Steam’s approach, but Steam doesn’t force you to log in every 24 hours to prove your right to access a game, and you can install on as many computers as you want.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. sebastien rivas

    That is definitely a huge concern to anyone who want/like/wish to preserve their console for their own respective motives.

    #18 1 year ago

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