While Microsoft backtracked on its DRM policies earlier today, electing to allow Used Game sales and remove the Always Online requirements, it announced it would also be removing the current model of the “Family Share” feature the Xbox One introduced.
The two models would seem diametrically opposed. One model sees the game disc as an actual physical product, while the other sees the disc as an installer for a game license that is digitally owned.
Microsoft announced that the Family Sharing plan that would allow up to 10 Xbox Live friends to have access to your games, providing only one of them was playing one game at any given time, would be removed. However our sources tell us that this may not be a permanent change, and that a more balanced solution for both consumers and publishers is being worked on.
As recent developments show, the Xbox One’s policies are constantly in a state of flux.
Brian Young is the Editor-in-Chief/Founder of Couch Campus, a forum admin at Gamersyde and an avid Tweeter. He has been a gamer for over 17 years, although he admits to now staying more current with industry happenings than his growing backlog.