Microsoft have revealed that the Family Sharing feature could still make its way to their upcoming next-generation console, the Xbox One.
The Family Sharing feature was one of the features fans were looking forward to most which enabled people to share their games with 10 ‘family’ members.
However, Microsoft decided to put the feature on the back burner after they removed the DRM policies. However, speaking to IGN, Xbox One chief product officer Marc Whitten stated:
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.
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.
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