Soon You May Be Able to Share Your Xbox One Games Like Steam Games

Soon You May Be Able to Share Your Xbox One Games Like Steam Games

Although the Xbox One was designed as an always online console, much of these features had to be scrapped following an overwhelming surge of consumer backlash. It’s something that Microsoft hasnever quite recovered from.

Nonetheless, it scrapped some of its intended functionality such as the need to be always online even when in single-player and after a flurry of updates last year, it’s become the console it should have been when it launched in 2013. However, in doing so, a specific feature that would be of interest to consumers was removed – the ability to share digital games. It’s something Steam allows throughFamily Sharing. But it’s something Microsoft is considering to revisit.

“Steam has a great family plan right now,” Mike Ybarra, Director of Program Management, Xbox and Windows Platform at Microsoft explained to Game Informer.

“We’re looking at both from a Windows standpoint – well, what’s our policy of the Windows Store? How many people can play concurrent? How do you share? We’re going to merge those two topologies soon so that a whole new model for how you share games across that will be in place. We’re actively working on that now to try to figure [it out], but we want to get to a much simpler model and potentially one that lets you do more… have a little bit more freedom in what you can and can’t do.”

With Microsoft looking to blur the lines between its Windows 10 and Xbox One user base, this does seem like a sound move and one you can expect to show up for Windows 10 PCs as well. Even more considering the current method of sharing Xbox One games between multiple accounts involves designating a single Xbox One as a home console. A seamless, streamlined sharing method akin to Steam would be a welcome addition.

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US Police Say Criminals Like Apple’s iPhone Because of Encryption

US Police Say Criminals Like Apple's iPhone Because of Encryption

Some criminals have switched to new iPhones as their “device of choice” to commit wrongdoing due to strong encryption Apple Inc has placed on their products, three law enforcement groups said in a court filing.

The groups told a judge overseeing Apple’s battle with the US Department of Justice on Thursday that, among other things, they were aware of “numerous instances” in which criminals who previously used so-called throwaway burner phones have now switched to iPhones. They did not list a specific instance of this practice.

The brief by the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association and two other also cited a jailhouse phone call intercepted by New York authorities in 2015, in which the inmate called Apple’s encrypted operating system “another gift from God.”

The government obtained a court order last month requiring Apple to write new software to disable passcode protection and allow access to an iPhone used by one of the shooters in the December killings in San Bernardino, California.

Apple asked that the order be vacated, arguing that such a move would set a dangerous precedent and threaten customer security.

Tech industry leaders including Google, Facebook and Microsoft and more than two dozen other companies filed legal briefs on Thursday supporting Apple. The Justice Department received support from law enforcement groups and six relatives of San Bernardino victims.

(Also see:  Husband of San Bernardino Attack Victim Takes Apple’s Side in FBI Spat)

The law enforcement groups said in their brief that Apple’s stance poses a grave threat to investigations across the country.

They listed several instances where Apple previously turned over data, and in one case, that cooperation helped clear an innocent man suspected of a homicide.

Apple has said it respects the FBI and has cooperated by turning over data in its possession. “Apple complies with valid subpoenas and search warrants,” Tim Cook said in a letter to customers last month.

The San Bernardino request is different, Apple says, because it requires them to crack a phone with a software tool that does not currently exist.

Law enforcement officials have said that Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, were inspired by Islamist militants when they shot and killed 14 people and wounded 22 others on December 2 at a holiday party in San Bernardino. Farook and Malik were later killed in a shootout with police, and the FBI said it wants to read the data on Farook’s work phone to investigate any links with militant groups.

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