Xbox One digital sharing, Xbox Live explained

Microsoft confirms everyone in the same home can share digital games; Xbox Live Gold benefits can be extended to household and friends.

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Microsoft today gave new details regarding how Xbox One digital sharing and Xbox Live for the next-generation platform will work.

In an Xbox Wire post, Microsoft chief product officer Marc Whitten said the company's ambition for the platform was to create a "highly personalized" console that is also social.

"It's about celebrating your individual tastes but also making it welcoming and easy for people to share," Whitten said.

Whitten said everyone in their home can share digital games with each other. Any person can sign in with their unique gamertag and play, even if the owner is not signed in. Similar to physical games, users can also play digital titles without being connected to the Internet or Xbox Live, though Whitten said the experience will be "best" when connected.

Whitten also reiterated that gamers can play digital titles before the entire game finishes downloading, a feature that competitor Sony also offers in the PlayStation 4.

When players travel to a friend's house, they can access their titles by signing into their console using their gamertag. Game purchases made on a friend's console will also be available on a user's home console.

Not only are Xbox One digital games sharable, but also Xbox Live itself. Through a new system called Home Gold, users can extend Xbox Live Gold benefits to others at no additional cost, Whitten said.

Features like Game DVR, SmartMatch, and entertainment apps like The NFL on Xbox and Skype are only available to Gold subscribers.

When at home, players can choose to set their Xbox One to allow any users to make use of Xbox Live Gold benefits. Similarly, when at a friend's house, users can log into their Xbox Live account and share these benefits.

Whitten also addressed the situation where players own an Xbox 360 and an Xbox One. He said all existing Xbox Live Gold memberships will "seamlessly" become an Xbox Live Gold account on Xbox One. Players will then have access to the suite of Gold-benefits on both consoles. Gamers can even be logged into the Xbox 360 and Xbox One at the same time, Whitten said.

The Xbox One launches in November for $500. For more, check out an unboxing video below.

Discussion

1272 comments
valknight
valknight

The question I have is will the system allow me to play on 2 consoles at the same time with the same digital content? 

blabr70
blabr70

A person is smart. A person understands that the features the X1 originally wanted to do would move the industry forward. People are stupid. People just want the same old thing and will lash out even if it doesn't affect them. Both consoles are overpriced and will not deliver at launch, if you think otherwise you're a fool.

abelbarbosa
abelbarbosa

The fanboys (XBOX and PS) war is hilarious.

I see lots of people calling MS Microscam... that's interesting.

I can't seem to remember the last time Sony made a profit so maybe they should read this comments... Maybe that way they could learn how to make some money...

On the other hand maybe the sony fanboys can make a donation to Sony so they have money to prolong PS life. At least is more informed than being scammed right?

Vinnvn
Vinnvn

Xbone launches in November ? Cool PS4 can now launch in October!

Bonius
Bonius

How come these giants of the industry doesn't understand one of the simplest rules of consumer products:


"If you have to explain what your product does, you're doing it wrong"


I really really really wanted to buy the next generation of Xbox, but all these twists and turns makes me so confused I simply don't trust the product anymore. Sony has done a brilliant job at riding the "Xbox One disaster-wave". Compare their commercials, retweets, videos and what not against the Microsoft crew and you'll quickly see who gets it and who don't.

isshiah
isshiah

I'm not in the habit of bringing my account with me, nor do other gamers live with me, so this portability stuff is meaningless to me.

I'd like to know how being signed in would make the game greater.

Ruster25
Ruster25

Bill Gates needs to make more money after all his white knightery

Triton
Triton

I just want to play games.

mtrunks
mtrunks

Call me a woman but I don't trust people too easily after they've lied to me/tried to rape me(figuratively) senseless.

EbenOlemaun
EbenOlemaun

Ah yes, another service that you pay for and it is RIDDLED with advertisements.

Devil_wings00
Devil_wings00

Wow it's almost like they didn't actually need the DRM to do any of this at all in first place...funny that. I'm not complaining since all this actually sounds pretty good but they did kind of BS everyone in the beginning saying none of this could be done with out the DRM.

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

Is it just me or is the "game sharing feature" exactly how it currently works...

Woodford69
Woodford69

I think this is gonna be a good thing.  looks like they are making a effort to win back customers.  but they still need to do more if they want me to part with my cash....so i will wait....

evil_snuggles
evil_snuggles

You can catch more bees with honey than with vinegar MicroSCAM just don't get it instead of nickel and dime in their customers how about getting better customer service free AAA Game and great deals like PS +

ohjtbehaaave
ohjtbehaaave

Don't you need Gold to watch Netflix on 360?  Fucking joke MS.

therock343
therock343

I don't have an Xbox or ever owned one. So can Xbox owners answer this question.

 "Microsoft confirms everyone in the same home can share digital games" <--- Is this a new policy? 

Did MS really made people in your house pay for an extra gold account so they can play your digital games if they wanted to play with their own gamertag? 

FET4LJUICE
FET4LJUICE

I can't wait for the online videos at launch of people buying Xbox One AND PS4 and destroying them outside the very store they bought it in front of people lol

valknight
valknight

@abelbarbosa They simply don't have to make money on ps. They are an insurance company so they get their primary payday from scamming consumers..

smurfa1
smurfa1

@isshiah If you like multiplayer then probably it will make sense to sign in. But that's maybe just me being radical.

Games may use cloud computing to improve AI:s with machine learning  and hence improve the game realism. AI:s in racing game can become more competitive and so on.

Evolve81
Evolve81

@isshiah Um if you don't know you gamer tag then I kind of wonder how you did in school? All you would have to do is remember your name that you created and your password how hard is that?..... then Wa-La! you have access to games and content on someone else's console in addition to whatever games or content is on your friend's box. That is quite beneficial if you ask me. I mean theyre no cons to that.... think about it..... Hey Billy thanks for coming over, did you bring your new games you bought last weekend? Oh damn I forgot... Oh wait that's ok, we can play them through my xbox live gamer account, no need to bring discs

Evolve81
Evolve81

@Ruster25 Yeah um Bill Gates has absolutely nothing to do with Xbox? And Bill Gates has done a lot and I mean a lot for this country than most people period and the world with all of the many foundations he and his wife own and co-sponsor, so bashing Bill Gates is not very smart.

noandno
noandno

@Ruster25 before you bash about bill gates, he has nothing to do with X1 development

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

@mtrunks sorry who has lied? if your talking about ms they have been pretty upfront about what they are doing all the way

t3ero2zero
t3ero2zero

@mtrunks woman 

no sorry fangirl

COPMAN221ISBACK
COPMAN221ISBACK

@evil_snuggles Because xbots love being nickel and dimed. They also like taking it in the rear which Microscam has been doing to them since day 1..

Evolve81
Evolve81

@ohjtbehaaave Yeah for real man! If Microsoft would just change that policy I may just buy their new system. I shouldn't have to pay for Xbox live Gold just to play a service that I already am paying for? I mean most internet TVs and devices like Roku don't charge you to play services that you already pay for so why should the xbox...... That just doesn't make any sense at all. I am very surprised us gamers that have owned the Xbox 360 haven't made an uproar about that??????

mike300zxt
mike300zxt

@ohjtbehaaave Main reason I'm switching to PS4. I don't play multi-player games. Why should I have to pay for Live to watch Netflix? Microsoft's policies are terrible.

freedom01
freedom01

@therock343 lets see, My younger brother has an Gold account, I dont. We sometimes play CoD online together on the same console.

I play with my account, he plays with his. He can play online, but when I try to join the game online with my account, I cannot since I'm not gold, I have to use a guest account to play online on the same console when he is playing.

Same thing with DLC, and Digital games, I have the DLC and Digital games, he doesnt. He cannot play those games from his account because he didnt purchase it. 

So yeah I think its a new policy.

arqe
arqe

@FET4LJUICE I cant remove those images from my head. Brings back old memories :D

isshiah
isshiah

@Evolve81 @isshiah I never said I struggled to remember my account name, merely that gaming with other people is uncommon for me, personally. There was no need to insult my intelligence. For the record, I was a straight A student, but that is neither here nor there.

Also I meant signed into XBL. More details on how next gen games will improve when one is online,  apart from standard multilayer, is what I was asking for.

banderweir
banderweir

@jtthegame316 @mtrunks Like when they said the 24 Hr check couldn't be removed at E3, only to do exactly that a week later?

That's some interesting honesty.

evil_snuggles
evil_snuggles

XBOTS have a serious deadly disease its call XBOTnesia .it makes XBOTS angry and accuse everyone of being SONY fanboys . If you mention how xbone DRM, Anticustomer , anti use games, pro pay walls, cant record your game on xbone or that xbone has DRM Built in, KINECT is or that xbone has is 50% less powerful and $ 100 more Expensive than PS4. XBOTS to go in to a rage. Im sorry the only cure for XBOTnesia is to but a PS4. LOL LOL LOL LOL :-)

zintarr
zintarr

@freedom01 @therock343 If you have 3 people with the offline only accounts on the system they can play all downloaded games and DLC on the 360 from the one who has the Live account. They cannot use the online components if the game has one.

So if I download ME3 and its DLC any offline account on that sytem can also play them.

isshiah
isshiah

I'm not offended, just clarifying.

Not concerned so much as desiring more information. I never expected an answer to my rhetorical question directed vaguely no one in general.

Evolve81
Evolve81

@isshiah @Evolve81 I see where your coming from, my bad dude didn't mean for you to take it that serious, just a little fun that's all. Sooooo what you are concerned about is being on the internet in order to utilize that function, is that right? And how or will the internet ala xbl enhance our gaming experience...... well buddy that remains to be seen as far as that aspect is concerned.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

@banderweir @jtthegame316 @mtrunks they did not say they could not remove the 24 hour check. when people asked about removing it they just kept saying they are listening to feedback which they clearly were as they later removed it.

Evolve81
Evolve81

@evil_snuggles Well I'm not sure what I'm buying yet... I so wanted to get into the PS4 but they disappointed in a boring way at E3 and still no appealing news has arrived about the system. But for real, people think that Microsoft will be scamming us, but when has Sony been any different. All and I mean all of their products to date are more expensive than any other with the exception of Apple and their computers but even still, Sony has high priced computers too! lol We will just have to wait and see who brings the best experience not just for the games but for the system users.

evil_snuggles
evil_snuggles

XBOTS are in cult and they drank the KINECT kool-aid. XBOTS Really believes microSCAM is trying to be an innovator how is it steam it has none of the benefits of steam. No M$ is trying to make greater profits that's it. Lol LOL LOL :-) what make steam service great is the great deals and deals the game digital download on xbox Live cost more than in the store.

mtrunks
mtrunks

@t3ero2zero @mtrunks I want a One, but they've strapped things onto it that I don't want. So under Microsoft's point of view, either I accept things I don't want(figurative rape) or I go fly a kite. I still don't get the fangirl comment though.

mtrunks
mtrunks

@t3ero2zero @mtrunks Could you answer my question first? And figurative rape Watson.

arqe
arqe

@evil_snuggles They say that because what you guys doing are just "STUPID - NONSENSE" comments.

You call DDR5 vs DDR3 %50 more power despite Sony cant make any software to run better with hardware.Current gen Sony had 8 core CPU againts Microsofts 3 Core CPU.Its was double the Hardware specs.Sony's share on the market dropped %80 Since early 2000.This should tell you something.They made a console that almost bankrupted company.

Also Microsoft changed all these things DRM - Anti Used Games and you still say them and call "Microsoft anti-consumer".

Also you guys dive every single comment , dont care article is about something good or bad you just come here "Troll" , make "Hate Speeches" etc. etc. I think they got every single right to call you all "sony things" ...

COPMAN221ISBACK
COPMAN221ISBACK

@evil_snuggles That's there answer to everything they can't give a logical response to. "You're a Sony Pony". Nevermind just being someone with common sense to know when you're being screwed over. Remember these are the same group of idiots that defended Microscam and their bullshit policies and then praised them when they back peddled. Shouldn't they have been pissed with their God Microscam for changing the very policies that they loved and praised?? lol IDIOTS!!!!

t3ero2zero
t3ero2zero

@sladakrobot @FET4LJUICE put it on youtube to piss off fanboys and get a tone of hits. I do hope we see the same thing this gen there just "things" guys

just because you save all year for them some people will get them for free

Devil_wings00
Devil_wings00

@AncientDozer @sladakrobot @FET4LJUICE Eh this is 2013 and a very different world then we had even back in 2005/2006. Rich people are kind of the devil these days and they would be taking their lives (or at least their bodies) for granted if they think they can attempt this in world we live in today and come out unharmed. No one will feel pity decking some rich a-hole in the face anymore. 

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@FET4LJUICE Oh man lol
They could made some other person happy by just gifting them the console instead of destroying it.

FET4LJUICE
FET4LJUICE

@sladakrobot @FET4LJUICE  They were rich kids and had the money to do so. Same kids did it with the PS3 too. search on youtube "smash my xbox 360" and "smash my ps3"