Published: Fri, May 11, 2018
Science | By Joan Schultz

Microsoft Now Allows You To Gift Games And DLCs On PC

Microsoft Now Allows You To Gift Games And DLCs On PC

Thanks to the "huge hit" with Xbox fans, especially around festive periods, Microsoft has implemented gifting for PC digital games and DLCs. If you gift it from a web browser or the Windows 10 Microsoft store, you can enter their email address and they'll receive a code to enter on their system. However, Microsoft is changing that, as all Xbox One and PC games can now be digitally gifted through the Microsoft store.

Microsoft has announced that all Xbox One games, PC games and PC downloadable content is now eligible for gifting on the Microsoft Store, following the initial introduction of the feature on Xbox One last autumn. Have you gifted someone an Xbox game or subscription in the past?

In April 2017 Microsoft enabled refunds on the Store, so this is another step in bringing their online marketplace on par with other digital platforms such as Steam and Origin. However when it comes to gifting full purchases, there are obviously no limits. The friend will then recieve a code for the game into their account inbox which they can redeem with a single button press. Xbox 360, Xbox original games, pre-orders, free stuff, and consumable DLC like virtual currency are the exceptions, with no digital gifting support. Once there, the user must select the option "Buy As Gift". And lastly, but importantly in our small world, recipients can only redeem gift tokens in the country or region where they were purchased. But the only downside looks to be the bar of 10 games that may disappoint many people.

There are one or two small restrictions - you can only buy two of any discounted game and only ten discounted products total every 14 days, presumably to stop discount scalping and resale.

At any rate, it's definitely a start and the company is continuing to update the program, including working on the ability to gift paid Xbox and PC apps as well.

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