Edit: Microsoft have made a comment on the rumor and declared it false.
People have been shouting about the “Family Share” feature since it was announced for the Xbox One and even more so now that Microsoft have scrapped all the DRM plans. We didn’t actually know what it was and what it could exactly do and Microsoft dodged giving us a direct answer and let people hype it up to be what they hoped it would be.
It seemed unlikely and too good to be true that you could share your games so freely with 9 other friends when they employed such a strict DRM scheme in the first place but the truth what the feature could have been has been revealed by a “Heartbroken MS employee”.
Of course you have to take this with a pinch of salt, as it’s an anonymous post of Pastebin, but the claims that they make on “Family Share” and what it could of done sounds pretty convincing. If true we can see why Microsoft kept tight lipped about it and why gamers hyping it up would have been disappointed. Here’s a snippet from the post,
When your family member accesses any of your games, they’re placed into a special demo mode. This demo mode in most cases would be the full game with a 15-45 minute timer and in some cases an hour. This allowed the person to play the game, get familiar with it then make a purchase if they wanted to.
So if the article is to be believed, the feature is to let gamers play a glorified demo which PS Plus subscribers are already enjoying on PS3. The difference with PS Plus is that you can access a large library of games, download and play for an hour without any of your friends having to own it. So this feature can still be implemented on the Xbox One and enjoyed by all of its users.
Maybe we will never get the real truth but if something sounds too good to be true, it usually is.