Microsoft Might Bring Back Cut Xbox One Features That People Liked

When Microsoft announced it was removing certain restrictions from its next-generation Xbox, including internet connection requirements and region-locked software, the response was largely enthusiastic. But the company's Xbox One policy reversals resulted in some features — like the intriguing Family Sharing plan and playing without a game disc in the drive — being cut.

Fortunately, Microsoft corporate vice president Marc Whitten says some of those features, like Family Sharing, could ultimately return to Xbox One.

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GameCents1802d ago

Do it. I still don't see why family sharing cannot be done for digital games.
It would also be nice to be able to sell/trade digital games with other xbox live users. Microsoft could charge a fee for every transaction but it is better than not being able to sell a game you're unlikely to every play again.

Blank1802d ago

You know I dont like this but its not all about me. So I was thinking what if you can choose? As a service? But whatever im going to keep tabs on this wishing for the best.

xHeavYx1802d ago

Find Angry Joe's interview with Major Nelson. He kept saying that you can" check" the game that someone else buys. " family sharing" is just a fancy name for "demo". Do you really think a developer/ publisher would allow one game to be shared by ten people?

Blank1802d ago


Im aware of that but the thing is it never officially rolled out cant judge it but dont get it twisted im not for it. But if people really want this, put it as an option the select few that want it can do the sharing/demoing whatever thing among themselves. Idk I for myself would rather this not happen at all and just leave thigs be as it is the DLC became norm leave used games alone.

georgeenoob1802d ago (Edited 1802d ago )

Sony fanboys are gonna go to church tomorrow.

creatchee1802d ago (Edited 1802d ago )


"Do you really think a developer/ publisher would allow one game to be shared by ten people?"

Now that you mention it, that is precisely what happens with games now. We lend them to our friends. When that's done we trade them in and sell them. Then the new person does the same thing we did and the process repeats. All from the sale of one new copy.

Controlling that situation and limiting it to ten people would make developers and publishers happy. We get to share games without lending a physical copy, they get to sell a digital copy that doesn't have the same costs as a boxed copy AND isn't infintely transferable. It works for all parties involved.

And if you don't like that, you can still buy the disc version and do it the traditional way.

fr0sty1802d ago (Edited 1802d ago )

So, you lend every one of your games to 10 people? There is no way that you do, so enabling 10 to play full versions of all of your games will not fly with the publishers.

Even with the one friend at a time being able to play it, I still don't see it flying when 10 people can have access to that one game. Sony already lets you install your games on another PS3 if you sign into your account to download it on a friend's PS3, and will even let them play it on their account after install, but they make you deactivate it from one ps3 before you can install it on another. that used to be 5 ps3's, but publishers made them scale it back.

It's likely to be like what was rumored in those pastebin dumps, a demo of the game that requires you to buy it after an hour. Much akin to Sony's full game trials with PS+.

SpaZaA1802d ago

creatchee has absolutely no idea of just how badly a buy 1 share to 9 people system would work in a digital ecosystem.
Anybody with the audacity to compare sharing digitally to physically and actually saying publishers would RATHER digital sharing in a system where they would loose up to 9 sales per title is just...well.. fucking stupid.

Seriously, anybody who thinks the family sharing plan was even remotely like what MS alluded to, with the ability to share full titles with 9 friends, without restriction, well those people should not breed, there is enough fucktards around as it is.

Grown Folks Talk1801d ago

Yep, family share makes no sense. Sharing with 10 people? No way. What DOES make sense is making a restrictive DEMO sharing plan where people have to sit & hope 1 of 10 other people aren't playing a DEMO when you want to play a DEMO instead of using the marketplace that already has DEMOS you can play WHENEVER you want.

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DigitalRaptor1802d ago (Edited 1802d ago )

Because this is Microsoft we're talking about. They know that they could have provided the family sharing for digital games. So why did they remove it?

My theory is that since they wanted console wide-DRM, their leveraging point (something to appease those complaining) was the family share. But it was never going to be more than a "demo mode". It just wasn't - if you think about the repercussions that would have on publishers and how Sony tried this with 5 consoles, and publishers complained, so now it's only 2 devices.

Microsoft definitely weren't expecting such a backlash, so now that they've had to remove all the DRM on physical and always-online connectivity - a key part of their plan - why would they let people have access to 9 free game licenses per purchase? They could easily make it only applicable to digital purchases. They won't because now there is literally nothing they consider appease-worthy.

DeFFeR1802d ago

"it was never going to be more than a "demo mode". It just wasn't"

Except when Whitten said explicitly that it wasn't a demo mode, and not to 'believe every rumor you read on the internet'. It was basically PS3s game share, improved.

SpaZaA1802d ago (Edited 1802d ago )

"Except when Whitten said explicitly that it wasn't a demo mode, and not to 'believe every rumor you read on the internet'. It was basically PS3s game share, improved."

Yes the same PS3 game share which publishers pressured Sony to change from 5 systems to 2.

Yes, just like that, publishers looked at how many people used or rather, abused the sharing ability on PS3, and after pushing Sony to reduce the number of active consoles, turned around and said, you know what, with Microsofts next console, lets allow it on 10 systems!

Not only that, all you have to do is add your friends to your "family share" plan, you don't even have to put all of your account details on each console!

What a brilliant idea.

That way for every game sold digitally, people can set up groups online (which actually had begun upon first reveal of the family share plan) and they can share to 9 other people, they could all share the costs within the group and pay 1/10th of the price for every game!

that would be such a great idea!!!!!!!!!

I shouldn't have to go to such lengths to explain just how stupid it is that people believed this shit. But alas, some people really are this thick.

Grown Folks Talk1801d ago

They posted the details on their Xbox Wire site on June 6th. Week before E3, 2 weeks before the policy changes. People just lack reading comprehension. Family share is exactly like current sharing only w/o being tied to your local area. If everybody could play at the same time, it would be an issue. They can't. It's no different than loaning a disc. Whoever has the disc can play, the others can't.

n4rc1801d ago

That's exactly what is was.. People are taking comments as fact again..

You had a list of 10 people.. They could share your games.. If I had halo on there, any one of those 10 can play it all they want.. Provided I'm not playing it..

That's exactly how lending a physical disk works now.. So why is it so impossible?

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SpaZaA1802d ago (Edited 1802d ago )

From the original interview:
"And I understand people see things like Family Sharing and they’re like, ‘Wow, I was really looking forward to that,’ which is more of an engineering reality time frame type-thing.”

What in the actual fuck does that even mean?

"engineering reality time frame type-thing."

More PR fucking nonsense from Microsoft.

HammadTheBeast1801d ago

The meticulous time-proxy ambuxtroxations of the command scripts pertaining to the reductions in hallucinogens means.... you get this packaged with DRM or gtfo.


I really hope the people who believe that you'd get 10 copies of a game to just digitally share with anyone were joking or trolling.

n4rc1801d ago

Or you could learn to read Hammad.. Would save you from looking like such a moron all the time..

wishingW3L1802d ago

the only reason people want the "Family Sharing" it's because they'll be able to buy 1 game and 9 will play it for free... Or at least that's what they think. XD

GameCents1802d ago

Wow Captain Obvious, so brave of you to reveal your true identity like this.

fsfsxii1802d ago

Some people are actually that retarded. If you seriously think that MS or any publisher will allow their games to be givin away for 9 people minus the original buyer, then you need some reality check.

DeFFeR1802d ago

Except that it happens with physical discs all the time...

It wasn't as simple as 10 people borrowing it - there were limits to how many could be borrowing it consecutively - only one friend could borrow it at a time in addition to the original owner.

People just heard 'always online' and freaked their shit and drew worst case scenarios. MS shot themselves in the foot by sending mixed signals and Mattrick telling people to buy a 360.

There was good to some of the features, but they were overshadowed by the concerns and the snowball effect of people online who pull shit out of their ass and claim it as fact.

MasterCornholio1802d ago (Edited 1802d ago )

I don't see why people are so hyped for full game demos when we already have them on the PS4 with plus.

Do people honestly believe that publishers are willing to lose nine tenths of their sales because of an unrestricted family plan?

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MysticStrummer1802d ago

It's a little different, since PS+ dictates which games get the demo, and the One's method would give you demos of games that other people bought.

But you're right, some people thought used games were a problem for publishers yet they'd allow full games to be shared with multiple people. It made no sense.

n4rc1802d ago

I'm really hoping they just scraped those features as a quick fix..

That they will find a better way to give consumers both options.. I was all for the original

HammadTheBeast1801d ago

There's a petition going around if you'd like to sign it.

nugnugs1801d ago

Yeah, go check out the comments, its rather amusing.

Godmars2901802d ago

You'd expect them to have been able to never remove them in the first place. They much have been that tied into the DRM.

As is, still they should be more than able to phase them back in within a year of release.

And still its going to look like they're playing catch up to Sony allowing to put a digital library on any PS4.

GameCents1802d ago

Pretty sure you can still play digital games on every Xbox One as long as you log in your profile.
Heck, you can do that on xbox 360!

GameCents1802d ago (Edited 1802d ago )

What's there to disagree with folks?
"As we previously announced, consumers will be able to sign on to any Xbox One console and have access to all their digital games," a Microsoft representative said. "Once the required data--a fraction of the entire game--is on their hard drive, they can jump into the action while the rest of the game finishes downloading in the background. And of course, on Xbox 360, consumers today can download their digital games on any console after signing in to their Xbox Live account." . . .
For those thinking this was pre-180: "So, for example, while you are logged in at your friend’s house, you can play your games," Microsoft said at the time. Microsoft has confirmed with GameSpot that following the company's major policy reversal last month, this feature is UNCHANGED.

As you can see, Microsoft aren't the ones playing catch up with this feature. I personally didn't see why everybody was celebrating like it's a huge win for SONY when I've had this feature on 360 albeit without the play as you download option for years.
People like shutupandtakemymoney should shut up and inform their ignorant selves. It isn't game sharing, it's simply game accessing on any console and guess what, you HAVE TO BE LOGGED ON, ps4, xbox one or x360

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney1802d ago (Edited 1802d ago )

lol xboxers mad at ur comment..
"PS4 digital library accessible on any system"

sign the drm petition to get back shared library!!

20k in 3 days! Lets go!!

Death1802d ago

You can't put a digital library on any PS4. In order to keep games from being illegally duplicated Sony will limit the active consoles like they do now. Sharing accounts isn't the same as shared games. It's bypassing Sony's almost non existent "security" to keep this from happening. The idea was to make it so people with multiple systems in the same house could access their games from either console.

The proposed system by Microsoft had gamers ripping their entire library to the HDD and having access to them whereever they went by accessing their accounts remotely and redownloading the game. There was no limit to this, but the games wouldn't be playable from the remote console unless it was one of the 10 once the original purchaser signed off or signed on from a different console. The 24 hour check in was for consoles that went offline and couldn't have the remotely installed games deactivated in real time when the original user signed back in. Unless both consoles remained connected to the server, the shared game had a time limit that was not finalized. In order to play online, each user in the family share plan needed a copy of the game.

The scary DRM was the tool used to keep gamers honest by either deactivating games that were no longer connected or traded in. If you were the original purcheser and traded in your game, nothing would prevent you from playing the ripped game since the disc didn't need to be in the drive. The 24 hour check in verified your library was in sync with the trades that were processed at retail.

DigitalRaptor1802d ago

"The idea was to make it so people with multiple systems in the same house could access their games from either console."

I don't know about you but I don't know anyone with 10 family members in their houses. This was always going to be abused by extending it to your friends living hundreds if not thousands of miles apart.

Death1802d ago

I was referring to Sony's 2 console limit.

Microsoft's proposed plan was for up to 10 "family" members that came from your friends list. They had access to your library like a friend or family members does to your physical copy but with the benefit of digital delivery. If either console went offline it was a timed "demo" more than a shared game. Save data could be used if you bought the game after sharing and the online component would have moved additonal units if you wanted to play with your friends. Used copies paid publishers on resales also which was a first. With the restrictions/limitations the potential to get games out and played could help developers sell games more than anything.

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney1802d ago (Edited 1802d ago )


edit: ok xbox fans u win $600

GameCents1802d ago (Edited 1802d ago )

Edit, lol never mind, 2 bubble syndrome has kicked in. Feels the need to troll because he's down to so few bubbles.

Shadonic1802d ago

chill dude 2 bubble life is hard :(

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