Microsoft opens PC games and all Xbox One titles to its digital gifting program

Microsoft today announced an expansion of its gaming digital gifts program to include PC titles and PC gaming content, such as flashbacks and in-game skins. In addition to adding gifts for PC games through Microsoft Store, the company is also expanding its existing console gaming program to include all Xbox One games. Before today, Microsoft only allows players to buy and give away certain Xbox One titles along with downloadable Xbox One content and subscriptions to Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass.

The program has clear limitations, and Microsoft does not allow free software. Therefore, this is not a program to share games, but a simple purchase option for people who want to buy digital software for friends and family. Other restrictions include a limit of two titles on the number of discounted products that can be purchased in a 14-day period, as well as a ban on giving away original Xbox 360 and Xbox games; pre-orders for new titles; free games; and DLC content and virtual currency.





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Microsoft says the program to give away games for PC should be available today and the expansion to include all Xbox One games should happen tomorrow. For complete instructions on how to give software through Microsoft Store or Xbox Live, see the company's blog post here.