Xbox One - Game sharing guide

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Found 19th Nov 2015
Hi all,

In response to queries about Xbox One digital game sharing, I’ve put together the guide below.
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Game sharing is the ability for 2 Xbox One consoles to share a digital game, so only 1 copy is required to be purchased (effectively making the digital games half price).

If you combine this method with the other guide about purchasing in other regions, you can grab some serious bargains (for instance, it would cost £210 to purchase 2 copies of Battlefront Star Wars Deluxe Edition, while this method, combined with purchasing from the Colombian Xbox store, you will get the game for £44.70 - or £22.35 each. A saving of £165.30).

Details of purchasing from other regions can be found here:

hotukdeals.com/mis…295


For the purposes of this guide, I will be referring to Person A owning Xbox A and Person B, owning Xbox B.

You will either need to do this with someone you trust (as you will need to let them know your xbox account email & password), or someone local you can pop over to their house to perform.

The first thing to do is for Person A to log into Xbox B. Once logged in, navigate to Settings, Personalisation, My Home Xbox. Select the option “Make this my home Xbox”.

Once done, log out, you will never need to log Person A into Xbox B again.

Next, you want to repeat the process on the other console.

Person B need to log into Xbox A and again navigate to Settings, Personalisation, My Home Xbox. Select the option “Make this my home Xbox”.

Again, log out (remove the account from the Xbox if you want, you will never need this again).

This has effectively told Microsoft that your home xboxes are each others, so any digital games purchased will be downloaded to both Xbox’s.

Going forward, everything Person A or B purchases, will be downloaded on both Xbox A & Xbox B (you may need to go to your pending downloads to see the new content & then select it to download/install).

There are no restrictions on this method, you can both play the game on your own Gamer Tags, play at the same time as each other, even against each other if required.

As an additional feature, this also works for Xbox Live Gold, all DLC & even EA Access (only 1 person needs to purchase these for the other to benefit) - it effectively halves the cost of ownership.

The only restriction on EA Access is that only the purchaser can play the trials, but the full games are unlocked for both of you to play.

Let me know if you have any questions.
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Game sharing is the ability for 2 Xbox One consoles to share a digital game, so only 1 copy is required to be purchased (effectively making the digital games half price).

If you combine this method with the other guide about purchasing in other regions, you can grab some serious bargains (for instance, it would cost £210 to purchase 2 copies of Battlefront Star Wars Deluxe Edition, while this method, combined with purchasing from the Colombian Xbox store, you will get the game for £44.70 - or £22.35 each. A saving of £165.30).

Details of purchasing from other regions can be found here:

hotukdeals.com/mis…295


For the purposes of this guide, I will be referring to Person A owning Xbox A and Person B, owning Xbox B.

You will either need to do this with someone you trust (as you will need to let them know your xbox account email & password), or someone local you can pop over to their house to perform.

The first thing to do is for Person A to log into Xbox B. Once logged in, navigate to Settings, Personalisation, My Home Xbox. Select the option “Make this my home Xbox”.

Once done, log out, you will never need to log Person A into Xbox B again.

Next, you want to repeat the process on the other console.

Person B need to log into Xbox A and again navigate to Settings, Personalisation, My Home Xbox. Select the option “Make this my home Xbox”.

Again, log out (remove the account from the Xbox if you want, you will never need this again).

This has effectively told Microsoft that your home xboxes are each others, so any digital games purchased will be downloaded to both Xbox’s.

Going forward, everything Person A or B purchases, will be downloaded on both Xbox A & Xbox B (you may need to go to your pending downloads to see the new content & then select it to download/install).

There are no restrictions on this method, you can both play the game on your own Gamer Tags, play at the same time as each other, even against each other if required.

As an additional feature, this also works for Xbox Live Gold, all DLC & even EA Access (only 1 person needs to purchase these for the other to benefit) - it effectively halves the cost of ownership.

The only restriction on EA Access is that only the purchaser can play the trials, but the full games are unlocked for both of you to play.

Let me know if you have any questions.
Chris, thank you for taking the time to do this.
OldEnglish

Chris, thank you for taking the time to do this.



Should save you a few quid now come Christmas
ChrisUK

Should save you a few quid now come Christmas


Yes. My one lad has had his Xbox for about a year & i've got my youngest one for xmas now. The eldest has a fair few games already, some digital & some on disc. I think in the future buying just digital games is the way to go now. Thanks again Chris, very helpful.
Thanks. Both guides very handy
could i take my xbox to my brothers house and do this in his house to both boxes?
once done can i remove my profile from my bro's and remove my bro's profile from mine?
Edited by: "mad569797" 20th Nov 2015
Sounds good. Does making the Xbox at another location my 'home' Xbox have any repercussions though?

Sometimes I get the Games with Gold from Xbox.com rather than on the Xbox itself - which Xbox would this download to, would it register it as free to download on both?
mad569797

could i take my xbox to my brothers house and do this in his house to … could i take my xbox to my brothers house and do this in his house to both boxes?once done can i remove my profile from my bro's and remove my bro's profile from mine?



Yes to both questions (or leave the profiles on the box as they wont ever be logged into again, this doesn't really matter).
unreality

Sounds good. Does making the Xbox at another location my 'home' Xbox have … Sounds good. Does making the Xbox at another location my 'home' Xbox have any repercussions though?Sometimes I get the Games with Gold from Xbox.com rather than on the Xbox itself - which Xbox would this download to, would it register it as free to download on both?



Nope. Getting from either "Console B" or via Xbox.com will put the free games with gold in both Xbox download queues.
Thanks Chris - tried this before with my sone but had not done the 2nd step of him logging on my xbox and making it home....

How's Battlefront? worth buying?
Edited by: "gari189" 20th Nov 2015
Saved an absolute fortune using this method with my brother. Great guide
gari189

Thanks Chris - tried this before with my sone but had not done the 2nd … Thanks Chris - tried this before with my sone but had not done the 2nd step of him logging on my xbox and making it home.... How's Battlefront? worth buying?



No problem mate. Battlefront is excellent.

It's basically Battlefield with a Star Wars skin/theme
TheMetalMan

Saved an absolute fortune using this method with my brother. Great guide … Saved an absolute fortune using this method with my brother. Great guide



Good man - easy when you know how
thanks pal
can you game share on ps4 also?
mad569797

can you game share on ps4 also?



I'm not 100%, but I don't think so.
ChrisUK

I'm not 100%, but I don't think so.


cheers
Could you do this from 2 different countrys, England & Ireland does anyone know
jjt712

Could you do this from 2 different countrys, England & Ireland does … Could you do this from 2 different countrys, England & Ireland does anyone know



As your base (i.e the physical location buying from), or buying from those specific regions from where you are now ?
I buy it in england share with my nephew in ireland
jjt712

I buy it in england share with my nephew in ireland



Yes, that will work
Cheers chris good to know thanks
Fantastic guides! Can I still use the xbox app on my console. Even if it's not my home console and game stream via laptop etc?
Xbox app ? You mean smart glass ? If yes, then yes

Streaming to a Win 10 machine works fine.
ChrisUK

Xbox app ? You mean smart glass ? If yes, then yes :)Streaming to a Win … Xbox app ? You mean smart glass ? If yes, then yes :)Streaming to a Win 10 machine works fine.



​Yeah sorry I didn't make it exactly clear upon re reading lol. So both if these won't trigger the other persons console at all?
nekoangel

​Yeah sorry I didn't make it exactly clear upon re reading lol. So both i … ​Yeah sorry I didn't make it exactly clear upon re reading lol. So both if these won't trigger the other persons console at all?



No, it won't affect anything mate, will all work on your own own console !
This is a great guide but remember Microsoft could at any point update the Xbox One to disable this functionality, since I highly doubt they intended it to be used in this way. Especially both players being able to play the game at the same time on both consoles. They could simply assign each game a key and then make sure each key is only in use on one system at a time. So then you'd have to be offline on the 2nd console for it to work.

Saying that, I'm a PC gamer and rarely touch my Xbone so I could be completely confused. As a rule though.. if something isn't an advertised feature, it can be patched out without warning. If you've gone halfers with a friend and have your game collection ownership between accounts.. things could get.... awkward.
EpicEclipse

This is a great guide but remember Microsoft could at any point update … This is a great guide but remember Microsoft could at any point update the Xbox One to disable this functionality, since I highly doubt they intended it to be used in this way. Especially both players being able to play the game at the same time on both consoles. They could simply assign each game a key and then make sure each key is only in use on one system at a time. So then you'd have to be offline on the 2nd console for it to work.Saying that, I'm a PC gamer and rarely touch my Xbone so I could be completely confused. As a rule though.. if something isn't an advertised feature, it can be patched out without warning. If you've gone halfers with a friend and have your game collection ownership between accounts.. things could get.... awkward.



This has been available since the 360 days mate, so I highly doubt it's something they would "fix". Especially after thier poor decisions at the start of the Xbox One generation, they'd only alienate more customers.

I did this and Ms suspended my account so it dont always work.

Sci0n

I did this and Ms suspended my account so it dont always work.



What were you banned for?
Sci0n

I did this and Ms suspended my account so it dont always work.



Did what ? No one in the history of MS gaming has been banned for PURCHASING a game from another region. They have however been banned for gaining free games by changing regions, which are not meant for your territory.

Also, they wouldn't suspend you, they would ban you for life on that console.......

You will NOT get banned for game sharing.
Edited by: "ChrisUK" 23rd Nov 2015
Would this include dlc codes that come with a game. For example my physical copy of a game came with a dlc code for extra missions or unique weapons. Using this system could the second xbox play the physical game and redownload those missions or weapons on the second xbox?

Also is this permanent? I was considering doing this with a friends xbox but now my brother is going to buy one. Are the xboxs 'married for life' so to speak or only for a certain period so that could I remove my home xbox status and we just both loose access to the shared content?
Edited by: "magpie36" 27th Nov 2015
Question: I'm currently in the UK and I want to share my digital downloads with my brother in Mexico. Would it be possible?
magpie36

Would this include dlc codes that come with a game. For example my … Would this include dlc codes that come with a game. For example my physical copy of a game came with a dlc code for extra missions or unique weapons. Using this system could the second xbox play the physical game and redownload those missions or weapons on the second xbox?Also is this permanent? I was considering doing this with a friends xbox but now my brother is going to buy one. Are the xboxs 'married for life' so to speak or only for a certain period so that could I remove my home xbox status and we just both loose access to the shared content?



Yep, includes DLC, Xbox Live Gold & EA Aceess - its all in the guide.

Home Xbox can be changed upto 3 times a year.
mew2king

Question: I'm currently in the UK and I want to share my digital … Question: I'm currently in the UK and I want to share my digital downloads with my brother in Mexico. Would it be possible?



Yes
ChrisUK

Yep, includes DLC, Xbox Live Gold & EA Aceess - its all in the guide.Home … Yep, includes DLC, Xbox Live Gold & EA Aceess - its all in the guide.Home Xbox can be changed upto 3 times a year.



Thank you.
Firstly, thanks for putting this together - contemplating doing this with a work mate. I assume you don't get access to each others back catalogue of downloads, but could you delete and 'repurchase' your games again and get them on both consoles? I'm already thinking not as technically you are not buying them again but thought I'd ask anyway! Cheers!
benjamaphone

Firstly, thanks for putting this together - contemplating doing this with … Firstly, thanks for putting this together - contemplating doing this with a work mate. I assume you don't get access to each others back catalogue of downloads, but could you delete and 'repurchase' your games again and get them on both consoles? I'm already thinking not as technically you are not buying them again but thought I'd ask anyway! Cheers!



The games are tied to the profile so yeah all back catalogue will be available, are you sharing you're profile with them and vice versa
benjamaphone

Firstly, thanks for putting this together - contemplating doing this with … Firstly, thanks for putting this together - contemplating doing this with a work mate. I assume you don't get access to each others back catalogue of downloads, but could you delete and 'repurchase' your games again and get them on both consoles? I'm already thinking not as technically you are not buying them again but thought I'd ask anyway! Cheers!



As above mate, everything purchased in the past will be available to your friend & vice versa
Amazing! Cheers guys
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