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Update: After we posted the original story, there was some confusion about how digital content works on the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One. We reached out to Microsoft for clarification.
"Xbox One makes it easy for everyone in your home to share digital games," a representative told us. "Your home's Xbox One console acts as a virtual game library filled with digital games that different people in the home bought. Anyone can sign in with their gamertag and play any digital game - even if the owner is not signed in and even if the console is not connected to the internet."
"Also, your digital games travel with you, so you can share games with friends when you sign into their console," the statement continues. "If you purchase a digital game when you are signed into your friend's console, your game will be available on your console at home for anyone to play. Once you sign out of your friend's console, they will no longer have access to the game you purchased."
"This is similar to how digital games work on Xbox 360 today. The difference is when you purchase a game on your friend's Xbox 360 console, the game is tied to that console you purchased it on, not your home console. When you go home, only you can play the game on your console, and no one else can play it on your console unless you sign in with your gamertag."
To be clear, when you purchase an Xbox 360 game remotely, anyone on the purchasing Xbox can use it (as was pointed out in the comments). However, use at home requires the purchasing Gamertag to be signed in. On the Xbox One, licenses are expressly tied to Gamertag only. This is a significant change, as our readers have pointed out that it is possible to get two copies from a single purchase on the Xbox 360.
One of the big complaints when Microsoft reversed course on the DRM and online connection topics was that it put the brakes on game sharing. Today, Microsoft has revealed some new details about how you'll be able to use your consoles and games more conveniently.
The first thing that stands out in Xbox chief product officer Marc Whitten blog post is that users will need to assign their Gamertags to a "home console." Doing so will allow anyone using that console to access all of the games tied to the profile.
In turn, this allows a Gamertag to be signed in on both an Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Additionally, multiple gamertags can access the content on the home console. This includes multiplayer and entertainment. In other words, the Xbox Live family plan might be gone, but upon owning an Xbox One, it's obsolete (for the new console).
Everything else works like it does on the Xbox 360. You can log in and access your content from other Xbox One consoles, and as long as your profile is active, the games can be used.
This isn't the full package as originally intended, as the sharing of digital games across ten "family members" (that need not actually be family) is still not back. However, the door isn't closed on that making a return later on.
[Source: Xbox Wire]
Our TakeThe biggest news out of this is how Home Gold will work. Not having to share a gamertag with family members is great for me. I'm excited that when I get an Xbox One my son won't accidentally kick me offline when he wants to watch Netflix.
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PS3 has been doing this stuff on up to 5 separate consoles AT ONCE until Sony got wise like 2 years back and switched it to 2 consoles.
There is nothing new here at all.
I have a Xbox live gold family plan ($99), this allows for 4 gold accounts on the two Xbox machines I have in my home.
Now, the new system is for each Xbox in my home I have to pay ($59.99) for each machine so I can take full advantage of content I have already paid for? and this is making sense to people?
I have noticed all your comparisons have been to people that just have a single gold account. you have not compared this to anyone with a family account. Real family account members are about to get Xboned.
My digital content (downloads and apps (Netflix) will only work on the gold machine for everyone. Currently all digital content purchased on either of my machines works for everyone on either machine in my home.
They need to get a Home gold plan and not an one machine gold plan.
And that strange I buy games from my friends house story line. What about I own more than one Xbox in my home. I buy a game from the machine in my private room and one day me and the family want to play it in the living room or a common playroom.
I like the idea of, say, going into the bedroom and poof, I'm signed in, I'm playing my games, ect. But in a multi-console house not having some form of family gold or family share really has me thinking about which company to support. I've never been a Sony guy. However i have really wanted to play some of the sony exclusives. I've owned every Xbox to date and from my point of view the original plan for XB1 was the simplest, smartest, and most forward thinking. Now it just doesn't appeal to me like it did in the beginning. What was a pre-ordered day one purchase is now a wait and see.
Also it seems every announcement and added detail about this system has to have some update added to clear up some form of confusion surrounding the original announcement. Why is the message confusing. At this point they really should play all their cards on the table in a written statement sent to all the reporting outlets. Tell us how it works, be clear, be concise. And let us know what is and isn't going to be available in the near future. Signed; on the fence and frustrated.
awesome news for the most part. finally got my question answered you can go back to the 360 to get achievements.
I love this! So it pretty much means all accounts have acces to everything as long as you have one Gold?
Why are Microsoft suddenly so incapable of releasing information without later needing to immediately "clarify" or "update" that information?
Sounds good, though I liked the PSN method more back when you could share with up to 5 consoles if you had your account on them. Definite breach of the Terms of Agreement but if you had good friends you could trust then having 3 or 4 people buy different games and just sharing them all was a pretty efficient and cheap way of getting games.
I like better how it will be done on the PS4, is more flexible.
I like this
to bad too many people complained about the xbox one when it first came out. would be even better with how it was. but at least Microsoft fixed things for their fans!