Microsoft Determined To Bring Back Family Sharing

Written by Andrew Moynihan on Fri, Sep 6, 2013 1:00 PM

The Family Sharing plan detailed at the Xbox One reveal was a controversial feature, splitting much of the gaming community.

Microsoft removed it when they made their first big policy change, but have said that they will bring the feature back - "when the time is right"...

The Family Sharing plan would have allowed up to ten people to be in a single "family" unit, allowing them to play each others games. There was also talk about the ability to re-sell or trade digital games, but details were light.

Xbox Director Albert Penello has said that he's convinced the Family Sharing plan was a good idea, and wants to bring it back to the console in the future:

"We'd love to figure out how to bring [family sharing] back. I still think it was a good idea. Maybe it was a little too soon for some people, but I still think there were a lot of good ideas in there. And we'll bring it back when the time is right."

Along it's unclear pretty how the system would work, the original policies for the Xbox One required the system to be always online; meaning any games in your library would become unplayable if you had not connected to the internet in the past 24 hours.

Although not an issue for many of us, this would have left many around the world unable to use the console at all. It was the resulting backlash that caused Microsoft to rethink their policies.

Do you guys think the Family Sharing is a good idea? Should we go always-online with our games consoles? Or are you happier with your disk-based gaming? Tell us below.

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18:49 Sep-06-2013

family sharing: good idea
Microsoft's plan for it: bad idea
that's my input on the family sharing, thing, they could easily set it up so the games were tied to your account, and you could share it with people. A simple verification thing would suffice without being always online, i would think.

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13:27 Sep-06-2013

I don't understand if MS is just totally stupid or trying what things people will not accept...

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13:24 Sep-06-2013

Seems like a good idea, probably Microsofts first good idea in a while, I'll be getting a PS4 anyway.

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13:15 Sep-06-2013

Why not both? Why not have a setting that enables all the stuff that always online needs and turn it off if they so desire?

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