Have you ever attempted to gift a game to a friend or family member? While STEAM makes the notion seem simple, gifting games over consoles haven’t been available on this current generation until now. Xbox has finally become the pioneer in console game gifting, and here’s how.
What was previously offered to Xbox One Insiders is now available for everyone. The new feature allows for all Xbox One games to be purchased as a gift. Simply find the game you want to gift, select the option to “buy as gift” then enter the recipient’s email address or select “choose from your list of Xbox friends” then scroll to the person you want to gift the game to and that’s it. They’ll receive a digital code they can redeem to download the game as long as the recipient is in the country the game was purchased and meets the age requirements for the game.
There are a few restrictions on the service as a whole though. While your ability to gift full-priced Xbox One games is unlimited, games that are on sale are restricted to only 2 discounted games within a 14-day period, with “only up to 10 overall.” Games are only able to be redeemed in the country they were purchased in, so no buying for your friends worldwide. While all Xbox One games are giftable, Xbox 360 and original Xbox games are not able to be purchased as gifts as of now. PC games on the Microsoft store can also be purchased as gifts for friends.
Of course, you could just gift a code through Amazon or purchase a game code through other sites such as Gamestop, but having the option to do so directly from your Xbox One and being able to send it directly without the third party hassle seems like a no-brainer. There’s also the chance to benefit from a Microsoft sale if applicable. Xbox One game gifting is a great addition that honestly seems like it should have been available years ago. Now we just have to wait and see if the Switch or the PS4 follow suit.
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