Over the past few months many gamers have found themselves in a position where game sharing has all of a sudden ceased working. You are instead directed to the game store to buy the game instead of the game launching.
This is because the game sharing function is being used in a way that it was never intended to be. Below I have listed out the details regarding game sharing which you can find on the Official Xbox Support Website..
Game sharing is primarily to be used in the home, with family and friends. Not to share games with a friend that is in a different home on a completely different profile.
Using Xbox Live Gold sharing features on Xbox One:
Here’s how Xbox Live Gold members can extend their Gold membership benefits to multiplayer gaming, Game DVR, and Smart Match.
- At home: Set up your Xbox One console at home so that anyone who uses it can enjoy multiplayer gaming, even if you’re not home or signed in to the console.
- On the go: Sign in at a friend’s house, where everyone can enjoy multiplayer gaming while you’re signed in.
At home with Xbox One
As an Xbox Live Gold member, you can share the benefits of Xbox Live Gold with others while they’re using your Xbox One console in your home. Friends and family can simply create their own account and gamertag on the console, which gives them the ability to enjoy Xbox Live online multiplayer gaming.
Friends or family members with their own gamertags coming over to play? No problem. They can sign in and play online multiplayer games, even if you sign off.
At a friend’s house with Xbox One
When you go to a friend’s house, you’ll be able to play multiplayer games on their Xbox One console, even if your friend is not a Gold subscriber. Once you sign in with your Xbox Live Gold account, everyone using that console can access multiplayer games for as long as you’re signed in.
What Home Gold means for the Xbox One experience
With Xbox One, everyone in your home has a personalized account to enable powerful and personal experiences. That’s one of the reasons we created Home Gold. It means that your account and your gamertag are truly yours. You don’t have to share your gamertag for multiplayer gaming with others in your home, or have recommendations for your children appear next to recommendations for the adults in the family. It also means you can introduce new games to and enjoy multiplayer games with visiting friends. When you buy one Xbox Live Gold membership, multiple people can enjoy the best benefits of Xbox Live Gold on your Xbox One at no additional charge.
So there you have it. If your game sharing has stopped working you now understand why. You can still utilize this feature but only in the ways listed above. Every day I am seeing more and more reports on social media of people experiencing this problem. Are you one of them? Let’s us know in the comments.
Now do keep in mind that you won’t lose the ability to play games that you have purchased, just those that you are accessing through the other profile. All licences that you bought on your profile will obviously remain yours.
Oh, and before you start complaining about why is Microsoft changing this, why are they taking this away? They are not. This feature has not changed. It has been the same since day one. You have just been using it incorrectly.