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Xbox and Windows Store digital gifting is just around the corner

Save for sporadic support for purchasable digital keys from Amazon or currency codes from the Microsoft Store, it's pretty hard to simply gift someone a game on Xbox Live and the Windows Store. That's set to change, however.

Speaking on Twitter, Xbox VP Mike Ybarra confirmed that digital gifting is just around the corner.

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I know from conversations with Xbox staff at E3 2017 that digital gifting is a high priority for both the Xbox and Windows Store teams. Allowing people more opportunities to spend money is a no-brainer, particularly as we move towards the holiday season. I'd expect to see digital gifting for both Xbox One and Windows Store before the Fall-Winter games rush this year, but we have no firm date as of yet.

What digital games will you gift? Soda Drinker Pro (opens in new tab) is high on my list...

Jez Corden is a Senior Editor for Windows Central, focusing primarily on all things Xbox and gaming. Jez is known for breaking exclusive news and analysis as relates to the Microsoft ecosystem while being powered by caffeine. Follow on Twitter @JezCorden and listen to his Xbox Two podcast, all about, you guessed it, Xbox!

  • Will i be able to gift a 360 game to a friend who's still on 360? Need to send him Tekken Tag Tournament 2 so we can play online, I'm on Xbox One.
  • Probably, will be a cross console feature.
  • About time. Nintendo did this a decade ago on the Wii ffs. Of course, they don't do it on the Switch, which is weird :P
  • Nintendo sucks at online services is why so they reboot it with every console. Really like my switch though, looks like eventually it will have the best Nintendo online service in history doubt I will pay for it though tbh
  • Still waiting for Groove Family Pass. I have a feeling I will be waiting a long time.
  • Didn't someone just say it is on it's way?
  • As in Windows 10 Timeline on its way or actually on its way?
  • Hopefully this comes before Christmas holidays, because then I'll know what I'll be gifting this year.
  • Aw yes! Been looking forward to this feature for a while now