Xbox One Family Sharing 'could return if in demand'

Popular feature could make a comeback

Microsoft has reiterated that its proposed Xbox One Family Sharing feature hasn't necessarily been shelved entirely, but rather just moved out of the console's launch window.

One of the more unifying announcements surrounding Xbox One's digital policies was the option for players to share their game library with ten designated 'family members'.

Specific details on how the system would work weren't revealed before Microsoft confirmed that it was putting the idea on the backburner following its decision to reverse various Xbox One DRM policies.


Speaking to IGN, Xbox One chief product officer Marc Whitten said of the possibility of reintroducing Family Sharing:

"If it's something that people are really excited about and want, we're going to make sure that we find the right way to bring it back

"A 'road map' sort of implies more like 'on date X it's back' than I think exists, but we believe really strongly in how you build a great experience on Xbox One for me as an individual, but also for my family. Family Sharing is a great example of how you do that with content."

Whitten continued: "We took some feedback and realized there was some stuff we needed to add to the program. To add it to the program, we had to make room, just from a pure engineering perspective, to be able to get that work done.

"So taking Family Sharing out of the launch window was not about 'we're going to take our toys and go home' or something like that. It was just sort of the logistics of 'how do we get this very, very clear request that people really want, that choice, and how do we make sure we can do an excellent job of that, get to launch, and then be able to build a bunch of great features?'

"You know, if there's anything I think that Xbox 360 has proven, it's that we're super committed to this constant cycle of improving the experience and the software, and it's what we've been doing for 360 for the past seven years, and it's certainly where we're going to go with Xbox One."

Microsoft has confirmed that Xbox One will be available in 21 markets this November. The Xbox One price has been set at £425 / €499 / $499.