Xbox One: Microsoft Figuring Out how to Bring “Versions” of Family Sharing Back, Some of it Can’t Happen
Family Sharing was doubtlessly one of the best features in the DRM-driven concept of the Xbox One before the policy reversal, but Director of Product Planning Albert Penello told Penny Arcade today that the company is trying to figure out how to bring back at least part of the feature, while not everything will work with the current model.
I think people liked the family sharing stuff a lot. So we’re going to figure out ways to bring versions of that in. We now have a different model so some of that stuff can’t happen. We’ve tried to keep things we thought people liked, the conversion of licenses is one.
We still allow your stuff in the cloud, so anything you did buy digitally you can still redownload on other consoles and play without a disc. But the family sharing was the one people really liked, being able to check out and digitally share a title, we’re going to have to figure out how in the new world we do that.
Personally, while I disliked quite a lot the initial draconian policies, I did enjoy the idea behind Family Sharing. Hopefully they’ll manage to bring it back without taking too much away from its original concept.