The Xbox One took a beating after E3 and Microsoft responded with reversing their controversial policies. However, this did not come without some loss. One of the most promising features of the Xbox One, the Family Sharing feature, was put on the chopping block when Microsoft removed the 24 hour check-in.
For those unaware, the Family Sharing feature would have allowed 10 designated users to share your gaming library, though it was unclear if this would be the full game or just a timed demo. The feature is not completely dead though according to Chief Product Officer Marc Whitten.
In an interview with IGN, Whitten shared hope that the Family Sharing feature would return sometime after the Xbox One’s launch.
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.
However, Whitten could not provide a path for the features return.
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.
Whitten concluded the interview explaining that the company had learned a lot of lessons and is now heading in the right direction. Gamers can only hope.