August 18, 2013
Microsoft: Family Sharing Going Bye-Bye (Part 1)
Don’t get your panties twisted into a pretzel over the family sharing plan that Microsoft advertised as part of the Xbox One deal, because it’s not coming to Xbox One after all! It’s been a strange past few months for me. I’ve seen friends and Internet trolls alike jumping back and forth between both next gen consoles with little indication that they can even make up their minds! But how can we blame them? Microsoft has been on a rampage of great policy awesomeness ever since they announced that the Xbox One will not require an always online connection, among other features that most of us aren’t quite comfortable with.
The latest of those features that we’re seeing modification on is family sharing, one of the main benefits announced at Microsoft’s Xbox One reveal event. While many of us can agree that all the good news we’ve gotten is simply a rehash of the policies already here for the Xbox One months ago, I’m still convinced that Microsoft’s here to stay for good. But I’m watching in anticipation with a lot more hope than I did months ago! That’s a plus, right?
The family sharing plan with Microsoft was a peer-to-peer content sharing system to approach the digital distribution features of the Xbox One. The reason Microsoft had such a keen eye on digital distribution is that it opened new windows (pun intended) on both the PC and Mac platforms. Digital distribution production of game cases, and shipping, costs of millions of copies of a single game. All of that distribution costs money. On the Internet, however, players are delighted with cheaper priced games and, for the most part, relatively simple to access game content. Playing games at the click of a button, mod support, and finally free online are just a few of the features being implemented for the PC platform.
The family sharing plan comes into play quickly when we’re talking about used games. Why? Because like it or not, used games will be the death of the console game’s industry. They allow for no profit to the publishers after six months to a year of the game’s release, and they allow Gamestop to turn continuous profits day in and day out on games that they unfairly price and distribute. With family sharing, Microsoft plans to make used games a lot easier, digitally speaking.
The plan allows a single gold account in the household to share his/her game support abilities with a set number of friends on his friends list. How many people are allowed under a single gold account is not elaborated on, but what is clear now is that even if you are silver, you’ll be awarded those privileges.
You read that right.
If five men have a silver account on Xbox Live and a sixth man has gold, then all five of those men are allowed to play the game digitally, as long as they are signed into their account. Another prerequisite to this situation is that these men must also be on the friends list of the gold account member. The deal almost sounds too good to be true, and it probably is. Be that as it may, it sounds absolutely promising for gamers looking to budget and share their experiences with less financially stable friends.
More will be revealed on this bit of new in the next blog post. Let me know what you think on this bit of news though!
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