Don’t Share Your Digital Games With Your Friend’s Xbox

Xbox Game Library Screen

You may have seen tips on how to share your Xbox One digital games with your friends. But Microsoft does not intend to share your game library with you when you're not there. It puts you in danger.

A brief history of Xbox One promises

Xbox Home Screen with Apex Legends Function

When Microsoft announced for the first time the Xbox Oneit promised new generation features and would require a dedicated Internet connection allowing the console to call home every 24 hours. In exchange, Microsoft promised that you could play games without inserting the disc (after the first time) and share your digital games library with friends.

24-hour recording was a necessary evil to perform these functions, especially the ability to play your purchased games on disk without putting the disc in the Xbox. If you sell or sell your drive, your Xbox will eventually know that you no longer have the game and no longer allow you to read the digital copy.

Unfortunately, Microsoft has ruined marketing and failed powerfully in damage control. Players were not satisfied with the required Internet connection and Microsoft did not behave well when these players expressed their dissatisfaction. Sony, on the other hand, has put together a master class to capitalize on the mistakes of another company.

In the end, Microsoft capitulated and totally revoked the requirement for Internet phones. But with this concession, he also took away the other big promises. Players will need to insert discs and will not be able to share their digital libraries. Indeed, the Xbox One now works exactly like the Xbox 360 when it comes to buying, selling and using games.

Do not mark your friend's Xbox as your personal Xbox

My Xbox home screen

The most common tip for sharing your library is quite simple. Go to your friend's house, add your Microsoft account to his Xbox and mark this Xbox as your Xbox house. In all fairness, this will work and give your friend permanent access to your digital library. But the disadvantages and the risks outweigh the benefits.

The worst thing is that you have to leave your Microsoft account connected to your friend's Xbox. This means that they have access to your credit card and can buy games and extensions on your behalf with your money. To mitigate the purchase problem, you can disable automatic login on their Xbox and request a PIN make purchases. But that's not the only problem.

Your friend will not only have access to your games; they will have control of all your "Xbox Home" benefits. If you have Xbox Live Goldyou can share it with anyone who logs into your personal Xbox. But since your friend's Xbox has been designated a personal Xbox, anyone signing up on the Xbox at home will not have Xbox Live Gold. If you have friends and family members living with you, they will have to buy gold for themselves.

You can only share your digital games like this with one Xbox. So, although your friends can access your digital library on their Xbox at any time, you must be logged in to access the games on your Xbox. Any friends or family members who connect to your Xbox will either have to sign in as you, or buy their own copy of the games you own. You've basically benefited from the benefits of digital sharing for an Xbox that's not home.

You may think that you are going to change who has the "Home Xbox" on demand, but Microsoft only allows five changes per year. It's more than enough to help you if an Xbox dies and you replace another one, but not enough to allow you to play frequently.

Do not disclose your Microsoft credentials.

Microsoft account pageEntries such as Privacy and Payment and Billing must shout "do not give access to this".

You can view all the warnings above and decide that you can trust your friend, especially with the limiting technique of blocking login and automatic purchases. But some websites offer another advice, and it is much worse.

These sites emphasize that simply connecting to an Xbox will temporarily give access to your digital library to anyone else who is also connecting. Here is their solution: give your friend the identity information of your Microsoft account, including your password. You can keep your Xbox as your Home Xbox and your friend can log in whenever he wants to play a game in your library.

Please do not do this.

Microsoft Accounts are not right for the Xbox. With your complete credentials, your friend can access your Microsoft e-mail, your Onedrive cloud storage, your Skype account, any Windows 10 device linked to your Microsoft account, and your payment information. Unlike the above method, nothing prevents your friend from buying Xbox games, Microsoft Store PC games, or apps with your account.

And again, even if you trust your friend, this method has a major drawback. Microsoft only allows you to connect to only one Xbox at a time. If you are in the middle of a game on your Xbox and your friends are connecting to their Xbox with your account, you will be kicked out and your game will end immediately. Better hope you had a recent automatic backup.

Game sharing is for when you are with your friends

If you're wondering when you can share your digital game library with your friends, the answer is pretty simple. You can share when you are with your friends. Microsoft did not want the above features to be permanent methods of sharing games with an Xbox at someone else's. The goal of the Xbox Home feature is to easily share your games on the most used Xbox console in your home. There is a reason why Microsoft calls it "Home Xbox" and not "Friend's Xbox".

To share games with your friends, you just have to be with them. When you both play on your friends' Xbox, sign in with your Microsoft account and they'll have access to your digital library. When you have finished playing, disconnect and your games will accompany you. This is what Microsoft wanted and trying other ways will cause problems accessing your toy library at home or, worse, a friendship that ends with lost money. Do not take that risk, it's just not worth it.


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