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Microsoft is introducing digital game gifting on Xbox One

A feature that had been long requested by Xbox fans is finally coming! Microsoft is making it possible to give digital games and subscriptions as gifts on Xbox One. The company has rolled out gifting from the Microsoft Store via console or computer after an initial test period. The feature will allow the more generous among us to purchase games, downloadable content and subscriptions (Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Game Pass) for another person.

Xbox One games can be purchased for another person directly via the Microsoft Store. A brief video posted by Microsoft’s Larry “Major Hryb” Nelson shows us just how this is done. Simply click the “Buy as gift” button on the Microsoft Store, and enter the recipients email address. They’ll get a digital code that they can redeem.

The feature appears to have a few restrictions at launch however. For instance, only ‘select’ games and DLC can be purchased for now. A notification in the video states that the purchase can only be redeemed in the United States. Microsoft’s gift terms and conditions page notes that “Gifts can only be purchased and redeemed by users in the same country/region.” But lets hope that these limitations will be removed in the near future as this is only the launch of the feature. Regardless of any limitations, it is still a nice feature to have, as Steam has had the ability to purchase gifts for friends for years now, similar options are available for the Wii. Let’s see if Sony follows suit and offers a similar option for users of the PlayStation.


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