When the Xbox One was first announced gamers around the world weren’t happy with it. Microsoft’s plans for daily online check-ins and heavy DRM (digital rights management) resulted in a mighty uproar among the worldwide gaming community.
Over the last few months Microsoft made a 180 degree turn on pretty much everything they announced at their first event. There is no need to have the Kinect plugged in at any time, you won’t need to check-in every day and lending or trading in used games will work just as it does today.
Among all the bad news there was one interesting feature that got dropped as well. The Family Sharing Plan. Microsoft didn’t elaborate their plans too much but it would have acted as a way to trade or loan all of your digital games to your friends.
In an interview with Gamespot Albert Penello, senior director at Microsoft, brought up the Family Sharing once again. He hopes that it will come back to the Xbox One in the future.
“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. And so, yeah, 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.”
While Penello couldn’t give any solid release date or specific plans for the Family Sharing he said that the feature will be revisited when the time is right.
Like reported earlier today the Xbox One will launch on November 22 across the globe in 13 countries.