Following the many changes that Microsoft has made to it’s DRM and used game policies for the Xbox One, the company had to cut one of the cooler features the system offered. One of Microsoft’s more popular announcements for Xbox One’s digital policy was the ability for a player to designate 10 ‘family’ members’ accounts, all of whom would then have full access to that players’ games library. This feature would have been governed by the console’s tight control over game license ownership via strict DRM policies. Now this has changed, the option is no longer included.
Marc Whitten, VP of Xbox Live clarified to Kotaku, “There’s a few things we won’t be able to deliver as a result of [the DRM policy changes]. “One of the things we were very excited about was ‘wherever we go my games are always with me.’ Now, of course your physical games won’t show up that way. The games you bought digitally will. You’ll have to bring your discs with you to have your games with you,” he confirmed.
“Similarly, the sharing library [is something] we won’t be able to deliver at launch,” said Whitten. I guess there’s a bit of a tradeoff, sacrificing a cool feature for policy revisions is still a good thing in my eyes though.