Many of the various features announced for the Xbox One before its release unfortunately didn’t make the cut when it launched in November last year. One of the features was the Family Sharing feature which was seemingly abandoned along with the many radical online policies which some gamers weren’t too happy about. But thankfully it’s still coming to Xbox One though Microsoft haven’t revealed when.
The Family Sharing feature allowed players to give access to their games library to a maximum of 10 family members or friends on any Xbox One console. An idea that sounded absolutely fantastic at the time, but was canned along with various other DRM related features, but in an interview with Gamertag Radio Podcast, Xbox head Phil Spencer, revealed that the feature hasn’t been forgotten.
“We looked at the digital features that we had talked about last year and as a gamer, there were a lot of those features that I think really resonated and were smart features for people who really have a lot of games and maybe play on a couple consoles or have bunch of people in the house or want to share with friends,” Spencer said. “As I look at our monthly update roadmap, those kind of features are in our roadmap. There is a little bit of a challenge now that you’ve got DRM on a disc.
“I haven’t given up on those ideas,” he continued. “There’s some complexity now that you’ve got these discs that have DRM that you’ve got to figure out. But it’s definitely part of our [roadmap] with the overall product.”
It’s fantastic that Microsoft haven’t forgotten this feature along with a few others that would have allowed us to effectively lend our games to friends and family. Even though it’s on the “roadmap” and doesn’t have a definitive availability date, it definitely sounds promising.
Since the launch of the Xbox One, Microsoft have been more than committed to bringing updates and new features to the console every month, so hopefully the launch of the family sharing feature will be coming soon.