Xbox One game gifting now available to the public

Earlier this year game gifting made its debut on Xbox One, allowing select users to send digital titles over Xbox Live. Since its initial appearance, Microsoft has been slowly rolling out the feature via the Xbox Insider Program and today, that functionality expands to all Xbox One consoles.

Like similar solutions available on rival platforms, Xbox One game gifting adds the ability to send digital game licenses between players through the integrated Microsoft Store. By selecting "Buy as gift" on the Store page, users can choose a friend or email address to receive the gift, before following a familiar checkout process. A 25-digit code will then be sent to the recipient via email, for redemption on the console.

There are some minor restrictions on gifting, however for many, should be a simple way to treat friends for the holidays. For example, while most games and DLC are giftable, preorders, backward compatible games, and consumable items are all excluded. There are also some restrictions on sending bulk discounts games and redeeming codes between regions, to prevent abuse of the system.

For more information on Xbox One game gifting, make sure to take a look at our FAQ, which provides an in-depth look at the restrictions in place. For those wanting to start sending gifts today, we also have a handy game gifting how-to available.

Matt Brown

Matt Brown was formerly a Windows Central's Senior Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.

  • It would be even better if there were an option to receive the game gift code through Xbox message as well email
  • Accepting game gift via Xbox or even making it instant available to them would make the process 10x more approachable for the average consumer. I have many friends who create email accounts just for their Xbox live and stuff and I honestly doubt they would get the email. Currently I'd much rather buy the code myself and personally text it to them because I honestly have no confirmation they ever checked the Xbox live email. Make it available at least via console like an Xbox Live message is. 
  • Agree.
  • The person sending the gift by email most likely knows the email that the person actually uses. I'm pretty sure they wouldn't know an email that the person used just to setup their Xbox account. Also, even if it went to the Xbox email, you could just tell the person, hey I got you a gift though xbox, check your email.
  • I submitted that very request from Alpha along with a way to maintain the codes once the recipient gets it overXBL messaging, with delete prevention and so on.. Lets see what they do.
  • After recent EA shouldn't gift Battlefront 2 even to your enemies :D