Microsoft believes that the ability to loan and gift Xbox One games digitally could return in the future, according to Microsoft Studios head Phil Spencer.
When the Xbox One was first announced, Microsoft stated that users would be able to loan and share digital games online thanks to the console’s discless DRM features. The company had even worked out deals with retailers to allow the trading of digital titles—if reports are to be believed. However, before the console actually launched these plans were scrapped in favor of a more traditional model.
Spencer told GameSpot at GDC that Microsoft still “totally believe in that future” and we may see these features return. We believe in a digital future on our box,” he said. “On the digital space, and the things that we’ve talked about, what that opens up…like we understand what games you own and who you are and how you move around and who you might want to loan rights to your games or gift your games to.
“We totally believe in that future. And any other marketplace you play in, these kind of mechanisms are out there.
“We are now fully heads down on thinking about and building out the future of our digital marketplace to enable what people would expect, and hopefully some things that will delight them beyond their expectations,” he added.
“I know when I say this I always get beat up, but I think some of what we were trying to say last summer was right,” Spencer said in regards to Microsoft’s previous Xbox One digital game model.