Xbox One owners will soon be able to gift digital games to their friends and family members.
In response to a fan question on Twitter, Mike Ybarra, Xbox and Windows gaming vice-president at Microsoft, said the oft-requested feature is “Not far!”
— Mike Ybarra (@Qwik) July 6, 2017
Of the three major digital game stores, only Valve’s Steam currently allows users to gift games to their friends. The addition of digital game gifting would be a major boon for the Xbox One Store. It’s a feature Microsoft’s fans have been asking for a while: in the past three years, almost 5,000 users have voted in favour of Microsoft adding the feature over at the Xbox feedback website.
Ybarra didn’t provide a specific timeline for when Microsoft might add game gifting, but with Gamescom next month, it’s likely we’ll hear more about the feature soon.