No one at Microsoft would be foolish enough (at this point) to deny that the messaging on Xbox One's various features has been muddled. Since the E3 press conference in June where it took so much heat for all of its policies that seemed to be anti-consumer, Microsoft has made a serious effort to turn things around. Microsoft has done this by changing its stance on everything from indie games requiring a first- or third-party publisher, and the Xbox One having to be always-connected, to tossing out its system for managing used games. A lot of the concerns about Xbox One have been washed away by Microsoft's numerous policy reversals since June.
One of the things that was lost when Microsoft nixed its whole ecosystem for managing used games was a plan that would allow consumers to share their digital content with friends and family. It was one of several good ideas revealed during its E3 press conference, and now it looks like it is returning in some form.
According to GamesBeat, the Xbox One will allow anyone in your home to have access to digital games already purchased on the system.
"Everyone in your home can share digital games with each other," Xbox One lead architect Marc Whitten wrote in a blog post. "Your Xbox One can become your virtual game library filled with digital games that different people in the home bought. Anyone can pick any digital game on your Xbox One, sign in with their own gamertag and play – even if the owner is not signed in."
The games will also work offline just like a physical game, but Whitten does say that these games will work better with Internet access.
Microsoft also announced that Xbox One owners with an Xbox Live account will be able to bring their digital purchases with them to a friend's house.
"Because your digital games go with you, you can also use and share digital games when you sign in to another console," said Whitten. "And, if you happen to buy a digital game when you are signed in on your friend’s console, your game will also be available on your Home Xbox One console for anyone to use."
Another important change will be coming to Xbox Live Gold accounts too. If an Xbox Live Gold account is active on your Xbox One console, it can be set it up so that anyone that uses their console can access multiplayer gaming and entertainment apps like Netflix. This also applies when you are visiting a friend and logging onto their console with an Xbox Live Gold account.
"If you’re an Xbox Live Gold member, an unlimited number of people can enjoy many benefits of Xbox Live Gold while they are using your Home Xbox One console,” wrote Whitten. “Friends and family will simply create their own account and gamertag and be able to enjoy Xbox Live online multiplayer gaming and access to entertainment apps."
We would assume that this also applies to Game DVR and other features only available to Xbox Live Gold accounts too, but Whitten didn't mention it specifically…