An interesting tweet has set off fireworks from Xbox One fans this weekend as it was confirmed that Microsoft is working on a system where you can purchase and gift games to friends and fellow Xbox users. Mike Ybarra, the Corporate Vice President for both Xbox and Windows replied to this simple question from a fan.
— Mike Ybarra (@XboxQwik) July 6, 2017
In two words, Ybarra launched a hundred different discussion threads and became a trending topic as the option for gifting games is a hefty task for a console system to take on. But it can be a profitable one if handled correctly. On Xbox’s own user voice website, the “Gift to a Friend” purchase option has currently received over 4,700 votes, making it one of the most popular choices on the site.
Bottom line: users of the system want to be able to give away games to others. The system worked great on Steam until they screwed everything up with updates, as people found it to be an easier Christmas shopping task to find the game they want online, purchase it, and schedule it for delivery on a specific date. No other details are available for the Xbox version, but hopefully, they’ve witnessed other models and won’t completely screw it up by tying it into some weird online points or credit system.