Xbox One Players Can Share Game Libraries, Xbox Live Gold Accounts

August 9, 2013 -

No one at Microsoft would be foolish enough (at this point) to deny that the messaging on Xbox One's various features has been muddled. Since the E3 press conference in June where it took so much heat for all of its policies that seemed to be anti-consumer, Microsoft has made a serious effort to turn things around. Microsoft has done this by changing its stance on everything from indie games requiring a first- or third-party publisher, and the Xbox One having to be always-connected, to tossing out its system for managing used games. A lot of the concerns about Xbox One have been washed away by Microsoft's numerous policy reversals since June.

One of the things that was lost when Microsoft nixed its whole ecosystem for managing used games was a plan that would allow consumers to share their digital content with friends and family. It was one of several good ideas revealed during its E3 press conference, and now it looks like it is returning in some form.

According to GamesBeat, the Xbox One will allow anyone in your home to have access to digital games already purchased on the system.

"Everyone in your home can share digital games with each other," Xbox One lead architect Marc Whitten wrote in a blog post. "Your Xbox One can become your virtual game library filled with digital games that different people in the home bought. Anyone can pick any digital game on your Xbox One, sign in with their own gamertag and play – even if the owner is not signed in."

The games will also work offline just like a physical game, but Whitten does say that these games will work better with Internet access.

Microsoft also announced that Xbox One owners with an Xbox Live account will be able to bring their digital purchases with them to a friend's house.

"Because your digital games go with you, you can also use and share digital games when you sign in to another console," said Whitten. "And, if you happen to buy a digital game when you are signed in on your friend’s console, your game will also be available on your Home Xbox One console for anyone to use."

Another important change will be coming to Xbox Live Gold accounts too. If an Xbox Live Gold account is active on your Xbox One console, it can be set it up so that anyone that uses their console can access multiplayer gaming and entertainment apps like Netflix. This also applies when you are visiting a friend and logging onto their console with an Xbox Live Gold account.

"If you’re an Xbox Live Gold member, an unlimited number of people can enjoy many benefits of Xbox Live Gold while they are using your Home Xbox One console,” wrote Whitten. “Friends and family will simply create their own account and gamertag and be able to enjoy Xbox Live online multiplayer gaming and access to entertainment apps."

We would assume that this also applies to Game DVR and other features only available to Xbox Live Gold accounts too, but Whitten didn't mention it specifically...

 


Comments

not news, same as it currently is.

Um, how is this news? This is how the current Xbox works. If you buy a game on an Xbox 360 the game is tied to your account, but also the console you bought it on, so anyone can use that game on that console.

Re: not news, same as it currently is.

it is not how it works actually.  If you launch an Xbox title while not signed into the purchaser's account it is launched in demo Mode.  This happens all the time to me when getting multiplayer sessions of castle crashers going.  I have to make sure I launch the game while signed in, and if I get signed out because someone wants to use their own account, sometimes the game will restart back into demo mode.

Re: Xbox One Players Can Share Game Libraries, Xbox Live ...

We've got 5 Xbox 360's in our house.  How would sharing work with us?  Like with Netflix - they say...

If an Xbox Live Gold account is active on your Xbox One console, it can be set it up so that anyone that uses their console can access multiplayer gaming and entertainment apps like Netflix.

Now, does this mean that only those that use my Xbox One can use my Netflix account or that if my account is on their console that they can use my Netflix account?  (As it currently sits, my information is saved on their consoles in the Netflix app.)

 


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Re: Xbox One Players Can Share Game Libraries, Xbox Live ...

The games will also work offline just like a physical game, but Whitten does say that these games will work better with Internet access.

 

How does it work better? That's my question.

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Re: Xbox One Players Can Share Game Libraries, Xbox Live ...

There's been talk of the use of cloud computing to improve the experience...how? I don't think they've talked about it.

I think at this point they are just trying to say nice things and see what sticks.

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Re: Xbox One Players Can Share Game Libraries, Xbox Live ...

So, it's just like the Wii U.

Yet Nintendo supposedly hasn't figured out Digital Distribution yet, and ignore the "perfect" model of XBL.

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Re: Xbox One Players Can Share Game Libraries, Xbox Live ...

Except for the whole "access your games on someone else's console" part.

 

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Re: Xbox One Players Can Share Game Libraries, Xbox Live ...

Dose not compute.... I got 2 360s and just move the HD to where I need it to be. I don't need to be online for something so simple.  I do not understand why MS is going to want to handle all the data transfers when making the HD removable fixes all that.


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