Microsoft on loaning and gifting digital Xbox One games -- "We totally believe in that future"

Xbox boss Phil Spencer says Microsoft is now "fully heads down" in working to introduce new marketplace functionality to the Xbox One.

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Microsoft is committed to expanding the Xbox One's digital marketplace functionality with new features like loaning and gifting downloaded titles, Xbox boss Phil Spencer told GameSpot in a new interview. Speaking with us from the 2014 Game Developers Conference last week in San Francisco, Spencer made it clear that digital will be a focus going forward.

"We believe in a digital future on our box," Spencer said, making sure to point out that retail is important to the company as well. Spencer says Microsoft can maintain its business with traditional retailers while simultaneously beefing up its own digital initiatives.

"On the digital space, and the things that we've talked about, what that opens up...like we understand what games you own and who you are and how you move around and who you might want to loan rights to your games or gift your games to," Spencer said. "We totally believe in that future. And any other marketplace you play in, these kind of mechanisms are out there."

Indeed, Valve's Steam marketplace currently allows its 65 million users to gift games to friends. The company also recently introduced a Family Sharing program that lets users play one another's games and even earn their own achievements and save progress via the cloud.

"We are now fully heads down on thinking about and building out the future of our digital marketplace to enable what people would expect, and hopefully some things that will delight them beyond their expectations" -- Spencer

Microsoft originally planned to offer its own Family Sharing plan for Xbox One, which would have allowed users to share their titles with up to ten others from any console, but the company ditched this feature after it reversed a number of controversial Xbox One policies in June.

This functionality, and other new features, appear to be ready for a comeback.

"We are now fully heads down on thinking about and building out the future of our digital marketplace to enable what people would expect, and hopefully some things that will delight them beyond their expectations," Spencer said.

Finally, Spencer yet again addressed the controversial few months Microsoft endured following the Xbox One announcement in May and its the policy reversals a month later after E3 last June.

"I know when I say this I always get beat up, but I think some of what we were trying to say last summer was right," Spencer said. That said, Spencer made it clear that Microsoft could have done a better job in communicating the value of its since-reversed digital initiatives.

This isn't the first time Spencer has addressed last summer's Xbox One controversy. Speaking at SXSW this month, Spencer said, "when you're going to say something to a consumer that might put them off, it's better to just be direct and honest, rather than trying to sugar-coat something that might be controversial."

Also in our interview, Spencer talked about Microsoft's competition with Sony's PlayStation 4, saying "We are in this to win."

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So basically we put DRM on hold. Now we are looking to Backdoor our DRM policy.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Even if it's disk based it's still DRM.

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@flyincloud1116 @sammoth Yeah you did and then your other statement above about it being loaded off the disk onto the HDD. You still need the disk (disk check PS4/ PC/ Xbox One disk based media) to play it. All the HDD does is increase the load times and wear and tear on the optical based drives.


= You're wrong once again.


Oh now it's typos on my part because you can't read. (for the record I didn't edit it) I repeated myself more than once in this thread.



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@sammoth My tone never changed. I never got hot and bothered and called you a name. I thought you typed 'isn't', but you could have edited.

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@flyincloud1116 @sammoth I said a disk check is still DRM.


You said "Can be" <---this is your argument from the start. Until I provided links as fact, you changed your tone.


I said. "Not can, It is DRM".

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@sammoth @flyincloud1116 Why does it bother you so much is the real question to the point where you call names? FACT: MS abandon their original DRM policy and in the future there seems to be a plan to bring back that said policy.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> So then why argue about what DRM is ?

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@sammoth @flyincloud1116 I never said that it didn't. I was speaking on MS and the X1. That's it. Not every company or other types of medium. MS isn't doing it yet.

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@flyincloud1116 @sammoth And we told you that needing a disk to play is still DRM. Every media company uses a form of DRM. MS is doing no different from anyone else.

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@sammoth @flyincloud1116 Nope. I stating MS DRM policy. It was always disc based for the disc based purchases.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> No you're arguing what DRM is.

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@flyincloud1116 @sammoth You're a special kind of stupid aren't you ? Needing a disk check is a form of DRM FACT.

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@sammoth @flyincloud1116 Look if the one time use verification code isn't entered for said game you cannot play it, simple. All these games are load to the HDD from the disc.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Not can, it is DRM.

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Remember Blockbuster? Remember when Netflix rented DVDs? I still remember when GameFly first came out, people were reluctant. It's the future people. Imagine how much easier it would be for a "GameFly" system of renting, but instead of waiting for a copy on disc, you simply downloaded or streamed the game. That is the system I see Microsoft providing...

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their digital items are waaaaaay too expensive. you are basically purchasing a PC in the long run, if you bought all of your games digitally from them. even their sale prices are horrible.

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Their sale prices are great, for the most part. I've bought numerous full retail games for $3.

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Do these people really believe that shit?

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If these dimwits (MS and Sony) sold the digital versions of games for 25% less than the (re-sellable) physical disc, I would've spent a couple hundred quid more than I have. As it is I'll just wait for a price drop instead so I'm not ripped off, no one wins like this. I get the game late, and they miss the chance to lock me into a single-account purchase and prevent a re-sale/used purchase later on. The mind boggles what they're thinking.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> See if everybody wasn't bitching about DRM you could have brought one copy of the game and then shared it up too 10 member of your family, or your friends and then you split the cost of the game.

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Funny Nintendo said the same thing why there games are the same price as physical copies.

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gamestop just sucks.....seriously that disgusting company makes so much off gaming and contributes nothing to it

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I agree. I saw a game in Gamestop for $25.00, but if you were a member of Gamestop (for a fee) you could get it for $19.99. The Same price Wal-Mart had the game. That's why I go to my friend that own their own used game store. They give much better prices and fair returns and offer so much more.

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Valentine from Skullgirls is a badass nurse chick.

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And lose millions of jobs that people go to work everyday, do you really want to see people without jobs?

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