Despite Microsoft’s doing away with one of the Xbox One’s more promising features; the family sharing plan, it appears fans of the ex-Xbox One policy may be hopeful for its return after all.
Microsoft’s senior director, Albert Penello, who recently spoke with with Gamespot, looks back on the company’s original views of loaning and trading back when the Xbox One was first announced:
I believe, in retrospect that people have calmed down and gone back and actually looked at what we said, people are starting to understand, ‘Wow, they did want actually to allow me to loan and trade’ which other digital ecosystems don’t want to do, I think we need to do that. That has to be part of the experience. Right now, we’re focused on launch and we switched the program back to discs, because that’s what customers wanted.
Additionally, Penello goes on say that Microsoft will revisit this feature when the time is right. If you haven’t been keeping up with Xbox One’s features when it was first revealed, this family sharing would essentially allow you to ‘lend’ any game in your library to either friends or family in your list digitally, without the need for discs.
The Xbox One is set to release in 13 markets around the world on November 22, with the retail price of $499 USD.
Are you hopeful to see the return of the Xbox One’s family sharing plan?