Xbox Series X | S: How Game Sharing Works On The New Consoles

To share is human.

Xbox All Access
Xbox All Access
NameXbox Series X | S
Release DateNovember 10th
Price$499/£449 (X) | $299/£249 (S)
Backwards CompatXbox One, Xbox 360, Xbox

With games becoming more and more expensive, and more and more digital, some have sought more alternative means when it comes to keeping up with the endless waves of games. One of the most prevalent ways of doing so on the Xbox is game sharing, which will still be available on the Xbox Series X | S. Here’s all the details you need to know.


What Is Game Sharing?

Game sharing is pretty much what the name implies: the sharing of games between two separate accounts. Using a specific method, two Xbox Live users can effectively share their game library together, reducing the cost of games for both parties involved. It’s perfect for those who maybe can’t justify spending £60-70 on a new single-player game, but if both parties are interested in the game, you can halve the cost between yourselves.


How Does Game Sharing Work On Xbox Series X | S?

In order to game share on Xbox Series X | S, you first need to find someone to share with, which can often be the most difficult aspect in this whole process. Family and friends are usually the safest options, but try not to share with random people on the internet. You’re leaving yourself vulnerable there, as game sharing requires the mutual exchanging of personal details.

To game share on Xbox Series X | S, you’ll need both accounts downloaded on each Xbox. To do so, press the Guide button on your controller and go to add new on the user account menu. Then, you’ll want to set the other person’s Xbox as your account’s Home Xbox, and vice versa for that second person. You’ll do this by going to the settings menu, then personalisation and hitting the big button that says “make this my home Xbox”.

How it works is that any extra account on the Xbox can play games that the home Xbox account holder owns without having to sign them in. If two users share their details together, they can effectively play both of their libraries, and they can even share Xbox Live Gold privileges.


Are There Any Drawbacks To Game Sharing?

A couple, yeah. To reiterate, game sharing requires the mutual exchange of personal details, meaning you should only share your details with someone you trust. On top of that, you can make purchases on each other’s accounts without the other’s permission, so try to avoid handing over your account to someone you don’t know.

On top of that, game sharing requires a pretty stable internet connection, as you won’t be able to use your digital library if the internet goes out. While that’s true of digital games anyway on the Xbox One, it’s worth noting. Lastly, you can only switch your home Xbox five times a year, so if you choose to share your account with someone else, make sure it’s a more long-term commitment.

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