Phil Spencer Promises Xbox One Family Sharing Is Still on the Roadmap; Explains Challenges

When the Xbox One was first introduced, the Family Sharing feature was one of the very positive ideas that many regret not having made it to the released console, but Xbox Division head Phil Spencer promises that it’s still on the roadmap, alongside others like pre-load.

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mhunterjr2592d ago (Edited 2592d ago )

Yeah family sharing was one of the features I was looking forward to. I think that there are some interesting scenarios that could only come about if there was some sort of DRM in place.
If you look at something like PSNow, how awesome would it be if, instead of renting titles , every game you purchased , physical or digital, could be streamed remotely to any number of would actually be a better bang for your buck... if you could get over having to sign in all the time...

AngelicIceDiamond2592d ago

I think Phil trying to bring it back at the same trying not to introduce DRM again but that nearly impossible with out some kind authentication system saying you own what you purchased and making sure your not doing something illegal.

MS has allot on their plate.

mhunterjr2592d ago (Edited 2592d ago )

There's really no way to do it without some sort of DRM in place. The complication only arises when you try to extend these services same services to people who have physical copy's.

Ironically, it would be the people who hated DRM in the first place who would now complain about being left out.

I think the best way to handle it would be to limit the service to digital purchases only. Then somehow create a way to allow people to exchange their physical copies for digital downloads if the want to participate in family sharing. I think this way, everyone would be happy, there's no 24hr check in, and we now have a valid explaination for why digital costs as much as physical.

headblackman2592d ago

shut up with that nonsense fear tactic! if it's ok for you ps4 it's ok for any other console. you rent games from ps now and you're sitting here trying to demonize something that's not even out yet? what a hypocrite!

go take a nap and stop all of the bull!


vallencer2592d ago

I think the easiest solution, if it's possible, is give people the ability to opt into the program. I think that's what they should've done to begin with. I loved the idea of sharing and was sad it went away. So here's hoping it comes back in a good way.

Studio-YaMi2592d ago


AngelicIceDiamond & mhunterjr support MS most of the time,what the hell are you even talking about and what the hell does this have to do with PSNOW?

Maybe YOU need that nap,eh?

dantesparda2592d ago

A ha ha, headblackman is going nuts, thinking mhunterjr and Angelic are Sony fanboys.

SilentNegotiator2592d ago

So long as 24hr-DRM isn't back on their roadmap, good. It was insulting that (at least fanboys) they were saying that 24hr DRM was necessary for this revolutionary, brand new, never done before, "game sharing" thing.

Azzanation2591d ago

So what if it has DRM? Its not going to affect your gaming, its no different to logging into an account online where it needs to authenticate your password.

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medman2592d ago (Edited 2592d ago )

I've got a question...I'm all for policies that benefit gamers, but I'm having a hard time seeing how the family sharing policy will benefit Microsoft. If people have the option of playing a friends game for free in it's entirety, why would that person spend money to buy the game when a friend they designate as "family" already has it? Won't that eat into game sales for the developers? I can't imagine devs would be very happy about this as they already get hurt with used game sales and pirating. I see the benefit to gamers, I just don't see the benefit to companies in the industry.

DOMination-2592d ago

Originally it was going to be hard to play pre owned games on the xb1 so family sharing was to balance out the increase in sapes of new games where devs will get more money from

XiSasukeUchiha2592d ago

Family sharing is a cool feature, hopefully implement it on XB1 and or PS4 if the fans demand it. this generation is certainly full of surprises!

fr0sty2592d ago

Some games are already taking similar approaches on their own, such as Far Cry 4 allowing people to play along in multiplayer with a friend even if they don't own the game.

gamerfan09092592d ago

Yeah, but that's purely multiplayer. And they're not clear on if you can play the game without your friend being online. Family sharing, from my understanding, allows you to play your friends ENTIRE catalog of games for no charge.

MasterCornholio2592d ago

Its pretty cool that Sony is allowing family sharing without a crazy DRM policy. Hopefully Microsoft sees this and adopts it. I dont think anyone would disagree with this since it's a fantastic feature.

Game on.


fr0sty2592d ago

Which is why I said "similar", not "same".

Dudebro902592d ago


Family sharing on ps4? You got a special ps4 or something?

rdgneoz32592d ago

@Dudebro90 You ever own a PS3 or PS4. PS3 started it with being able to download a game you bought onto other systems (at first it was 5, now it's 2) and any user can use the games as long as your account is still on the system.

With the PS4, any user can play your games on your main system and you can download onto other systems, but you have to be logged into your account to play the game (works well with good friends).

MasterCornholio2592d ago (Edited 2592d ago )


Nope I have a regular PS4 just like everyone else. Farcry 4 is the first game to adopt a feature like family sharing on a next gen system. All I'm saying is that more games can do the same. Its up to Microsoft to allow this on their network like Sony has. Nothing wrong with this at all since Xbox fans can benefit from this.

Anyways since your a dudebro you won't understand this.

LoveOfTheGame2592d ago

Yeah, that thing you're talking about for the PS4, has been done since the PS3 and 360. It's not sharing, it's playing games on your own account.

Hell, apply that logic to physical copies and we have had sharing plans since the beginning of gaming.

zeuanimals2592d ago (Edited 2592d ago )

@Love of the Game:

What are you talking about? You don't need to be on a certain account to play a game unless there's parental controls. All games on all PS3s and 360s are playable by all accounts. If that wasn't the case, then there must've been a serious glitch when my brother and I were sharing games and playing on our own accounts on our own PS3s and 360s.

Family sharing's been available since the PS3, the 360 does it a bit different and you have to wait a while until you can transfer a license over but it's the same concept too.

Not sure about the PS4 or Xbox One since I haven't tried sharing any games yet, though.

ALLWRONG2592d ago (Edited 2592d ago )

PS3/PS4 do not have family sharing for digital games.

k3rn3ll2592d ago

Im pretty sure Far Cry will basically end up being like a timed demo for the co op. Especially since your allowed to do it 10x's there is no way your getting full multiplayer access to that many people. Sure some people will try the multiplayer and then decide to buy full product cuz they liked it. But If you give them all of multiplayer your probably going to cut around a 25% deficit into your sales. Thats probably why theyre so vague about it right now

shinrock2592d ago

Sort of like saints row co-op. A player can join ur game evenif they don't own the dlc you can share ur dlc.same concept i think.

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Mr Pumblechook2592d ago (Edited 2592d ago )

Phil Spencer is a nice guy but his reactionary decisions like copying PlayStation Instant Game Collection make him seem like a NeoGaf people pleaser who lacks vision. I'm glad to hear him talking about a non-customer rights busting family sharing because it means he wants to do something unique that hasn't been done on home consoles.

But something has me worried. He says he doesn't want to do Family Sharing for digital downloads without including disc downloads. But I'm not sure it be possible to share disc games without that MS 2013 DRM rules. Best thing Spencer can do is launch Family Sharing now for digital otherwise he is just blowing smoke.

DigitalRaptor2592d ago (Edited 2592d ago )

If somebody isn't questioning Microsoft's long term strategy for Xbox now that everything it was supposed to stand for in its earlier marketing has been pushed to the wayside, to try and win back marketshare, they'd have to be native.

I like Phil a lot, but this pseudo-PR "for the gamers" comes across as incredibly disingenuous after the way they were trying to shape Xbox and the future of gaming, and Phil was stood there behind the screwing over of gamers. He probably didn't have any say in the matter, it mustn't have been nice for him.

gamerfan09092592d ago

I'd much rather do the family sharing thing over the simple borrowing of the game. The way it was laid out to me was that if my friend has Far Cry 4 and I have FH2 I could play far cry 4 as long as I was on his friends list without having to pay for the game. MS and Sony should absolutely bring that feature in. That's a game changing feature.

Whitey2k2592d ago (Edited 2592d ago )

Phil Spencer knows what to do with hes big fat butt " wiggle wiggle wiggle"

Lawboy22592d ago

Lol...that made laugh...I don't think ppl got this joke

Eonjay2592d ago

They should bring that back. It is definitely a feature that benefits gamers. I expect them to re-introduce the program eventually, but may exempt new games from the program for a few months. This is the only way I imagine publishers would be willing to be apart of the program given the existence of used games...

98xpresent2592d ago

Benefit Microsoft gamers

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