Microsoft rolls out digital Xbox One game gifting to all users

Xbox One S on table

Back in October, Microsoft allowed members of the Xbox Insider program to test out a new digital game gifting feature on Xbox One.

Now, the tech giant has rolled out game gifting support to all users, according to a tweet from Mike Ybarra, corporate vice president of Xbox program management at Microsoft.

Digital game gifting was a feature fans had been requesting for some time, voting over 5,000 times for its inclusion on Microsoft’s Xbox feedback website.

To send games as gifts:
1. Find a game in the Xbox One’s Microsoft Store and select ‘Buy as gift.’
2. Select a friend from your Xbox friends list or enter their email address
3. Choose the appropriate Gamertag from the friends list or enter their email address
4. Enter the preferred sender name (a small message can also be written here)
5. Confirm payment details to complete the purchase

There are some restrictions, however. As Forbes points out, ‘Play Anywhere’ titles, backwards compatible Xbox 360/original Xbox games and pre-release games can’t be gifted. Games are also tied to the region of the sender, so make note of that before sending to someone far away.

While digital marketplace giant Steam has offered digital game gifting for some time now, Xbox One is the first gaming console to receive support for the feature. Sony and Nintendo currently don’t offer digital game gifting functionality on their respective gaming platforms.

Via: The Verge