Game gifting coming to Xbox One

Until now, the only way to give somebody an Xbox One game was to go out and buy a physical copy to hand them.

Microsoft is planning to add game gifting to the Xbox One store, so gamers can buy titles for their friends. Mike Ybarra, Xbox vice president, revealed on Twitter today that the company is “not far” off adding the support to gift purchases. Currently, Microsoft and Sony both don’t allow game gifting on the Xbox One or PlayStation 4, but Valve offers Steam Gifts to let friends redeem games.

Game gifting has been a highly requested feature by Xbox One fans. A post on Microsoft’s Xbox feedback site has amassed nearly 5,000 votes over the past three years. It’s not clear when Microsoft plans to detail its game gifting service, but with Gamescom scheduled next month and Ybarra’s confirmation it’s likely we’ll hear more very soon.

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