Xbox One digital game loaning and gifting may still be introduced

"We totally believe in that future," says Xbox exec Phil Spencer

The ability to gift and loan digital Xbox One games may yet become a reality, according to Microsoft Studios head Phil Spencer.

Speaking to Gamespot at the Game Developers Conference last week, Spencer reiterated that Microsoft still believes in a digital future despite being forced to revise its vision for Xbox One following the console's reveal last May.


"We believe in a digital future on our box," Spencer said. "On the digital space, and the things that we've talked about, what that opens up: like, we understand what games you own and who you are and how you move around and who you might want to loan rights to your games or gift your games to.

"We totally believe in that future. And any other marketplace you play in, these kind of mechanisms are out there."

Spencer appeared to be referring to Steam, which allows the gifting of games and a Family Sharing scheme which lets players share their software library with up to five different accounts.

Microsoft had initially announced a similar system for Xbox One, in which access to a player's games would also be shared by up to ten members of their family on any Xbox One console.

However, after negative feedback regarding the company's DRM proposals for Xbox One the feature was ditched as Microsoft revised the system's policy regarding digital titles.

"I know when I say this I always get beat up, but I think some of what we were trying to say last summer was right," Spencer said.

"We are now fully heads down on thinking about and building out the future of our digital marketplace to enable what people would expect, and hopefully some things that will delight them beyond their expectations."