According to a response on Twitter by Xbox & Windows Gaming Corporate Vice President Mike Ybarra, digital game gifting isn’t far off for the Xbox One. When asked by a Twitter user when the functionality was coming to the console, Ybarra’s response was a simple “not far.”
— Mike Ybarra (@XboxQwik) July 6, 2017
In fact, the request has just over 4,700 votes on the Xbox Feedback forum where many ideas are considered and quite a few are implemented by the Xbox team. While digital game purchases have been on the rise over the past few years, there are plenty of ways in which it falls behind physical game purchases including the ability to gift them, resell them, and some might even argue the fact they cost the same when no physical media or packaging is used. Sure, one can buy an Xbox gift card but being able to gift an actual digital game purchase would simplify the process.
While no time frame has been announced, one can only hope that “Not far!” may lead to an announcement at Gamescom next month and allow users to gift digital purchases, something that Steam currently allows its users to do. Considering Ybarra is responsible for Xbox & Windows Gaming over at Microsoft, and the lines between the Xbox and Windows 10 gaming stores are blurring and more Xbox Play Anywhere titles are launching, it’s not inconceivable to think the digital game purchase gifting could extend to Windows 10 titles as well.
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