Microsoft announces game gifting on PCs through the Store; apps coming soon

E3 2018

Presumably, we are near the end of the Xbox One generation, and the next iteration will arrive within the next few years.

Talking to Variety, Microsoft has debunked such estimation, even though it's coming from a very close partner such as Electronic Arts, and claimed them "inaccurate" when it comes to defining how Xbox One is performing now. I'd hoped to test the feature on my PC to see if computer users who have connected the Windows 10 Xbox app to an Xbox Live account can also gift games using gamertags.

It just got a little bit easier to find a gift for that special gamer in your life, in case you want to get a head start on the holiday shopping season. Anything you do send as a gift will also only be redeemable in the country it was purchased in.

Thanks to this Newgg deal, you can get an Xbox One X and have enough money left over for a full-price game.


While gifting games isn't exactly a new concept for other platforms, Microsoft is a bit behind on that concept and it was only late past year that gifting was made available on the Xbox One. Next, the intended recipient will receive a code for the product along with instructions on how to redeem the gift. If you want to gift games that are on sale, Microsoft limits you to two titles (and a maximum of 10 gifts of those two titles) across a two-week period.

The ability to gift games is something Microsoft rolled out last fall, though at the time it only included select Xbox One digital titles and DLC, along with Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass subscriptions. In case you're a insane person, you also can't gift a game that is already free.

Microsoft asks that players give feedback on the new system, including features they'd like to see, but for now it looks promising for you benevolent souls out there.

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