Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Tech | By Anita Cain

Microsoft PC and Xbox One game gifting: Here's how to get started

Microsoft PC and Xbox One game gifting: Here's how to get started

Larry "MajorNelson" Hyrb, Xbox Live Director announced the new update that affects all Windows 10 PC and Xbox One games purchased through the Microsoft Store.

This means that if you or someone you know tends to make their purchases through the Microsoft Store, then this feature means that you'll be able to send and receive gifts through the platform.

Up to this point, only select Xbox One titles were eligible for gifting along with downloadable content and subscriptions to Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass.

A dialog box will open up asking for the email address of the recipient you would like to gift the game.

343 Industries and The Coalition are 2 of the most important studios for Microsoft, so it would not surprise us if they are already working on new installments of their star franchises: Halo 6 and Gears of War 5, respectively. Also, there are limits if a product is discounted, so you can only buy two of the same discounted product, or 10 discounted products in total, over the course of two weeks.

The gift recipient will receive a code for their product along with instructions on how to redeem the code.

And after celebrating a hugely successful year for the Xbox brand, Microsoft said that the upcoming conference would be "filled with new games".

One can select the gift from an unlimited number of digital games. This feature has been available on console for quite some time, but with Play Anywhere growing exponentially and the line between Windows 10 and Xbox One becoming smaller and smaller, it was time to expand out.

That does seem like an terrible lot of roadblocks for this feature, but at least you can grab stuff for your friends without resorting to gift cards or store deals. Adding game gifting is a step in the right direction, but Microsoft has a lot of work left to do before its PC gaming experience is actually good.

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