Xbox Game Gifting Coming Soon

Since so many games are bought digitally these days, especially when there are favourable discounts, a lot of people have been asking Microsoft to be able to gift digital copies of games. On the 6th of July, Mike Ybarra, Vice-President of Xbox, commented on Twitter that the feature is not far from releasing:

But what does this mean and how will it be implemented?

Here are some guesses:

  • You will not be able to gift games that you already own.
  • You will need to be friends with the person you’re gifting the game to.
  • The person you’re gifting to can’t own the game already.
  • You will be able to make a wishlist so others know what to get you.
  • At first this will only be supported for Xbox One games
  • You will eventually be able to gift Xbox and Xbox 360 games (once the store gets more unified)
  • You won’t be able to buy the game now to gift it later on (it will be immediate, similar to how Steam is currently handling it) the downside is that you won’t be able stock up when there is a discount to gift on your friend’s birthday for example.
  • There won’t be a strict currency related restriction like Steam has (if exchange rates cause the value of the game to be 10% different in the recipient’s country, Steam doesn’t let you gift it)

It’s awesome that Microsoft will be providing this feature. It will be very useful for people who want to give a game to someone that lives far away and when a physical copy would cost too much in shipping. Not to mention it will also make it a lot easier to do GIVEWAYS… *wink-wink, nudge-nudge*

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