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Microsoft: Family sharing may return, digital library already there

It seems that no matter what Microsoft has done, it hasn’t been able to please the masses.  Even after the 180 on DRM, people petition to get features back.  One of them is Family Sharing, which may yet make a come back.

In an interview with IGN, Marc Whitten (Xbox One chief product officer) responded to the fan petition asking for another 180, particularly the part about Family Sharing:

“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.”

He admits that communication surrounding the Xbox One features and changes were not clearly communicated.  In fact, it seems that the customer-oriented approach of Larson-Green is already in effect:

One of the things I think we learned was that we didn’t talk enough, and we were incomplete in a lot of how using the system would work. Because we weren’t participating in the conversation in a deep enough way, it got us sort of off cycle about how we talk about our program. I think we’ve learned a lot of lessons. And I think it’s something that you’re going to see a lot more from us, frankly, is engaging more with the community. I think it’s the number one thing I’d want to do if I went back, was have the conversation more open and more complete.

I definitely think that more open communication would be a really good thing – there are features we want that we aren’t even aware will exist!  Access to the digital library is still a thing on the Xbox One.  Joe DiMerio of the Xbox PR team told us:

“As we previously announced, consumers will be able to sign on to any Xbox One console and have access to all their digital games.  Once the required data –a fraction of the entire game – is on their hard drive, they can jump into the action while the rest of the game finishes downloading in the background.  And of course, on Xbox 360, consumers today can download their digital games on any console after signing in to their Xbox Live account.”

So, really, the features are still there on the Xbox One.  You can play your games at a friend’s house using the cloud, and (like the PS4), you can start playing before the game has fully downloaded.  Even if the family share feature isn’t there at launch, Microsoft will probably add it back onto the console.  Things are starting to shape up for Microsoft – nice to be hearing some good news.

Now, if only they could respond to all of us in the tin foil hat brigade regarding the Kinect…

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Author:Zoe Hawkins

Wielding my lasso of truth, I am the combination of nerd passion and grammar nazi. I delve into all things awesome and geek-tastic. I believe people should stop defining themselves and just enjoy playing games, so let's get on with it!

  • Trevor Davies

    lol @ header.

    Good news for Xbox fans.

  • TiMsTeR1033

    Is that your kitty? @zoe

    • Zoe

      haha, no – i’ve got two. the ‘white’ one that’s famous from his debut last friday, and his brother who is all black. perhaps you’ll get to see them in my batman pose, one day ;)

  • Hammersteyn

    Xbox 1,360,doing a 180. Are they running in circles?

    • http://lazygamer.net/ OVG

      Infinitely

    • Zoe

      chasing their own tail

  • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

    I have a complaint. How can you want to win Batman of the week if you write so little articles?

    Dammit I demand you write MOAR so that we can comment so that you can win so that we can get our Zoe fix so that we can be satisfied so that sommer just sommer dammit!

    • Trevor Davies

      sommer net so mos.

      • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

        Mos is mos naais mos?

        • Trevor Davies

          Ek kan mos sien jy weet mos wat belangrik is mos.

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            Mos ek se

          • That Green Twit

            Ja nee

    • TiMsTeR1033

      Zoe must do a better pose and perhaps in a bikini this time! screw topless, she will always be one step ahead! lol

      • Zoe

        trolololol

        • TiMsTeR1033

          you have mastered the art of knowing the male species, esp the gamer type. we on to you…..

        • RinceWind

          I think the only way you stand a chance of being Batwoman, is to write an article that looks at feminism in games, perhaps a sex game, and then state there is nothing wrong with it ;) Recipe for WIN!

          • Zoe

            just wait for later today, then ;)

          • RinceWind

            OHHHHH! I can;t work now! *readies twitter defence shield, Defcon 1.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            they should let me write articles, id have a debate that could rivil presidents debates um i think lol

          • RinceWind

            Hahah! ;)

          • TiMsTeR1033

            but then I would have zoe fill in for me on the photo as I might break the camera lol

          • TiMsTeR1033

            I could mention one but if i did people out there would get that game and a new breed of crime would emmerge

    • RinceWind

      Have I told you the definition of madness? Erm, something about my model friend in an LG top, uh, my black book perhaps?

      • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

        Oh, your MANnequin?

        • RinceWind

          Take that back! Or I won’t help Zoe win!

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            So I must lie?

            Ok.

            [LIE MODE ACTIVE]

            There is NO MANnequin, or doll, or anything

          • TiMsTeR1033

            Sally is a sex robot customised ibabe!

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwnN9Pq_JLs

          • RinceWind

            You!

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            Me?

          • RinceWind

            Yes, YOU!

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            Couldn’t be!

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            Pfff, I eat red cards for breakfast

          • TiMsTeR1033

            make it a green card i like green

          • John Ambitious

            I assume you’re currently on a budget then

          • RinceWind

            Hahahha!

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            Nah, they go well with the burning of Rince and toast

          • RinceWind

            Was I supposed to be guest? 0-O

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            I dunno, I think disqus spazzed, so I just edited your name in afterwards

          • RinceWind

            So you are saying you like to eat Rincethis with toast? 0-O Wow… *Runs out of room…

          • TiMsTeR1033

            to make you smile rincewind enjoy!

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9oduhjqIxw

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            Y U NO READ??

            The BURNING of Rincethis

          • RinceWind

            More like the Taming of the Shrew :P

          • John Ambitious

            I’m afraid to re-enter this conversation

          • RinceWind

            You stay away! Or black book will come out again!

          • John Ambitious

      • TiMsTeR1033

        its okay Rincewind we know its sally the “doll” she is and she has amazing talents like modeling and sitting threw a movie, even cuddling you on a cold night, sharing such moments and when your done you just let out her air and put her under your bed…

        • RinceWind

          At least SOMEONE understands!

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      I’m sure the Gavin theorem takes in to consideration the average over how many articles you wrote. If not then the stats are skewed lol

      • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

        Traffic per week per writer methinks

        • RinceWind

          I would suggest it’s more like this… ‘Traffic per writer, per week, divided by article, MINUS Admiral Chief’ hahahahah

        • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

          If I had to hazard a guess [(Comments + unique hits)/NumberOfArticles]*SECRET

      • http://www.lazygamer.net Gavin Mannion

        It doesn’t at the moment… The real reason behind Batman’s existence is to see what you guys like to read and the overall stats are just a piece of fun on top.. maybe I should add in something about article count

        • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

          Oh… Lol ok cool. Well what do the stats so far say we enjoy reading the most? (curiosity and all that)

          • RinceWind

            Adventorials? trololo

  • RinceWind

    Why don’t they push this through every form of coms their PR team can lay their hands on? It’s like some undergraduate is in charge of their marketing!

    • http://www.lazygamer.net Gavin Mannion

      I think they are taking a step back at the moment to try figure out how to get it right at gamescom… I’m hoping for big things

      • RinceWind

        Me too. This sort of thing is GOOD for the industry. I just don’t understand how they can mess up, then stay silent on good thins like this. Why not say ‘No no, it’s okay all, we still have digital libraries like SONY…’ Why wait for the poison to saturate everyone?

    • Trevor Davies

      Think in years to come this will be used as an example of what NOT to do in the PR field.

      • Jonah Cash

        Class please open your handbooks on page 122, this is the chapter on how XBONE was handled and yes it is the rule as how not to do PR!!

        • RinceWind

          “Please go to Marketing 101 and have a look at the historic downfall of an Empire, no little JImmy, I am not talking about the Roman Empire…” lol

  • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

    Microsoft Xbox Cyclic

    • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

      Redundancy Check…..FAIL

      • TiMsTeR1033

        huh what?

      • Vampyre Squirrel

        WIN!

        • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

          Hehe

          • Zoe

            I thought the star wars conversation showed a high level of geek, but no… this does it!

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            Approved?

          • Zoe

            but of course!

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            Heh. So ION post? Cuz GEEK and all?

          • Zoe

            hmmmm

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            WHYYYYYYYY

  • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    Why did it take them so long to rectify their first statements?

    First they say that the digital cloud game library will not be accessible everywhere anymore and now suddenly it is.

    Either they did another 180 on one of their choices or there is a broken telephone effect happening somewhere within the company.

    Either way, really glad that the digital library access is still a thing. This is a big thing for a lot of gamers and would have been sad to see it go away.

    • RinceWind

      Agreed. Why wait so long to put out the fire?

      • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

        They had to find the fire extinguishers

        • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

          lol

        • RinceWind

          I can only imagine SONY employees hid them, trolol!

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            No, the extinguishers needed to be perma online to work!!!!

          • RinceWind

            Bwahahahah!

    • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

      LOL if it was broken telephone line, then MS LYNC was malfunctioning….or worse….became self aware!!!!!

      • TiMsTeR1033

        you know what bullshit ms is yesterday had to add this xbox live account security crap and they called me with a code. I mean who else is gonna use my console except me.

    • Trevor Davies

      Well I think when they talked about it the first time they meant they couldn’t, now they’ve changed because they figured out a way to do it.

      They should just go away for a week, finalise what they want to do & can do, then come back & tell people. Mixed messages don’t inspire confidence.

      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        Agreed. They need to get a fact sheet up of exactly what it will and won’t do at launch and then pretty much re-launch the device with a press conference or something. But they need to get the facts out before there is any more confusion and damage to the device

  • Kromas

    Well Kinect is going to learn some amazingly colour full words when (add your isp name here) or telkom has adsl issues.

  • DarthofZA

    If MS add a decent reward type program like PS+ has, I will be going the Xbox One route over the PS4. As far as I’m concerned, that is the only area Sony still has me sitting on the fence in. The Kinect side doesn’t bother me. Our Kinect still comes out about twice a month at parties. Its always a great blast, and the friends love it. And it works brilliantly in Skyrim, so the hardcore potential is still there in my eyes.

    • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

      FUS RO DAH!!!

    • Concerned

      They’ll never drop Kinect as they have too much invested in it and apparently it costs just as much as the console to make! I also love playing some darts on the Kinect while having a some friends over for a braai and it can keep the children busy for days! Kinect has so much potential, the dumbass overpaid developers complaining not knowing what to do with it just need to start earning their money and use it properly! Seems like BF4 (with voice commands and hopefully throwing of grenades -please please please!!!) and Dead Rising 3 (where you can push off Zombies by gently flicking your controller) have the right idea about integrating Kinect into mainstream games!

    • FoxOneZA – X-Therminator

      You speaka sense…

      YOU SPEAKA SENSE!!!!!

  • TiMsTeR1033

    for everyone out there including rincewind this will make your day :)

    • RinceWind

      I am not everyone?! *cries miserably “All by myyyy seeeeeelf”

      • TiMsTeR1033

        it will make you gay *cough* happy :) i am a good friend

        • RinceWind

          Uh uh, not THAT good a friend! *Goes to find collection of tapes of ex-girlfriends to prove it… Wait, what 0-O

          • TiMsTeR1033

            ex “girl” friends

      • Hammersteyn

        Bwahahaha, Xbox muh muh makes me hap happy

    • RinceWind
  • Zubayr Bhyat

    I thought they’d make some kind of return.

    • Zoe

      The empire always strikes back ;)

      • Zubayr Bhyat

        But will the jedi return?

        • Brady miaau

          a new hope indeed

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            the clones are attacking

          • Zubayr Bhyat

            disagree i must. a greater threat there is.

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            Jar Jar?

          • Zubayr Bhyat

            Only on the dark side. With jam.

          • John Ambitious

            Jar jar is such a failed character.

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            He is even worse in the Clone Wars series!

          • John Ambitious

            He makes me think of the jackovasaurus from South Park.

          • Zoe

            don’t say that, i know someone who has great success with the jar jar voice. it’s terrifying.

          • Zubayr Bhyat

            My friend does Chewbacca, trumps jar jar any time :P Zoe – Care to do a petition for KOTOR3 for bioware?

          • Brady miaau

            menacing phantoms surely?

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            the sith will seek revenge for that

      • Vampyre Squirrel

        Trust you to make it a Star Wars based conversation…

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    Microsoft needs to take a step back, take a breather and reformulate their plans. They’re constantly reacting, and it exposes them for being blatantly unprepared for next gen. My current theory is that they didn’t expect Sony to be releasing the PS4 this year, and it’s meant panic in the offices at MS. It explains why they fumbled so badly the last few months, and why we’ve had mixed messages from the suits, including good ol’ Major Nelson.

    What they should be doing is listening, get a feel for what people want from a new xbox and stop listening to the suits about TV, TV, TV, COD, COD, Watercooler.

    • http://www.lazygamer.net Gavin Mannion

      Skype… get rid of Skype or at least stop talking about it. Seriously no one cares

      • Zoe

        they paid $8.5billion for it… suppose they want to make it worth their while! but i agree – get over yourselves about Skype.

        • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

          Shaddap you MACCER you!

        • John Ambitious

          Yes, the Skype thing really hasn’t wowed anyone.

          • http://www.lazygamer.net Gavin Mannion

            Skype is awesome, it works really well and is on every device… and it’s the last part which makes it absolutely useless on the Xbox One

          • John Ambitious

            Oh I agree. That’s the thing. I use it every single day myself

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        I agree, Skype isn’t a selling point. It’s an awesome service but they can’t sell the console on it. Same with the setup box functions. Ironically, if they had downplayed that part of the xbone, it would have gone viral on its own. Gamers would have gone, “wait… I love netflix, and I can do what with my xbox one? Seriously, I can watch TV and play games.. sWWWEETTT!”.

        Instead it became a joke… A pity really…

    • Trevor Davies

      To be fair, it’s not the whole suit, just the jacket ;)

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        Don Mattrick’s Jacket compelled him!

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