Microsoft Working To Return Family Sharing To Xbox One Without DRM

Xbox One chief product officer Marc Whitten admitted that Microsoft has done a poor job communicating the console’s real capabilities.

"We've got to just talk more, get people understanding what our system is," he said. "It's sort of shame on us that we haven't done as good of a job as we can to make people feel like [a digital future is] where we're headed."

Part of that digital future is Xbox One’s family sharing feature which Microsoft had to remove after sacking the console’s always-online DRM. While most gamers welcomed the DRM removal, more than 10,000 gamers signed a petition asking Microsoft to return family sharing and other digital features, even if means reinstating the always-online requirements.

Fortunately, it seems that Microsoft is working on a way to return those features without forcing the dreaded DRM on gamers.

"We took some feedback and realized there was some stuff we needed to add to the program," explained Whitten. "To add it to the program, we had to make room, just from a pure engineering perspective, to be able to get that work done. So taking Family Sharing out of the launch window was not about 'we're going to take our toys and go home' or something like that. It was just sort of the logistics of 'how do we get this very, very clear request that people really want, that choice, and how do we make sure we can do an excellent job of that, get to launch, and then be able to build.'"

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F(r)iends & familia.

"more than 10,000 gamers signed a petition asking Microsoft to return family sharing" Which actually means, "more than 10,000 M$ employees & people they know signed a petition asking M$ to return their bullshit always online nonsense to make it look like lots of people actually want it".

"...to make people feel like

"...to make people feel like [a digital future is] where we're headed." I wonder if anyone a M$ ever though that maybe their customers don't really want an all digital future.... I was all ready to buy an XB1 until I learned about the DMRs. Now I'm the proud owner of a brand new Haswell core i5 and a new video card will be just around the corner for me. So long M$... been a good ride, but a non digital future is where I'm heading!

You do realize computers are

You do realize computers are 100% digital machines right? Cellphones too and pretty much every electronic gadget/equipment/machine you can buy. A digital future is where you're headed whether you like it or not. Now if by digital you mean only digital game distribution then you're also wrong. You'll have to accept it or you'll be forced out of gaming eventually. The world never stopped or slowed down because a few people couldn't adapt, it just moves on and leaves you behind.

Tool

Wrong, you really should learn the difference between digital distribution and always online DRM before posting uninformed crap somewhere.

Might sell a few but...

Microsoft has pissed a lot of faithful followers off with their snub nose comments and DRM position. I know that they have changed their stance with everything since people said forget the next xbox but I'll be really surprised if I decide to spend $500+ on old technology in a shiny box with being insulted by the company that makes it. I'd rather save my money and buy better computer hardware and enjoy games beyond the xbox hype.

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