When Microsoft backed off it's always on DRM plans for the Xbox One that also scuttled the "Family Sharing Plan" which would allow someone to share games with up to 10 friends digitally. Microsoft planner Albert Penello said in an interview released Wednesday that the feature will return to the next-gen console when the time is right.
"We were trying to implement the ability to trade [and] loan digital games with your friends which is something that no one else was doing," Penello told Gamespot at PAX Prime. "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. And so, yeah, 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."
When asked if Microsoft plans to ever revisit digital sharing of games, Penello responded, "I get a lot of mails saying ‘god, please bring back the family sharing.' We’d love to figure out how to bring that back. I still think it was a good idea. Maybe it was a little too soon for some people, but I still think there were a lot of good ideas in there. And we’ll bring it back when the time is right."
For now, Xbox One owners will have to trade and share games the old fashioned way by handing a disk to one another. That said, any games purchased and downloaded online will not be available to trade or share with others except on the same console or by going to a friend's house and and downloading a playing the game with your Xbox LIVE account.
The Xbox One will launch on Nov. 22 for $499.99.
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