With every new console generation, we gain exciting new features while sometimes losing smaller conveniences. One significant ongoing change is the rise of the digital games market. The number of digitally sold games increases each year, offering various benefits. It’s convenient, eliminating the need to venture out and buy a physical copy. Digital games can’t get lost or damaged, and they don’t take up any physical space.
However, one common concern with digital games has always been the inability to share them. Fortunately, the Xbox Series X has a solution. While it may not be flawless, this article provides everything you need to know about sharing your digital library through gameshare.
How Gameshare Works
Gamesharing almost feels like exploiting a system, but as long as you have trust in the person you’re sharing with, it’s perfectly safe. When you purchase and download a game on the Series X, any account on that console can access it. By default, the console where you created your account is considered the “home console.” The account that made the purchase can also access all their purchases, regardless of the console they’re on. This allows you to bring your digital library from one console to the next simply by logging into your existing account.
If you designate someone else’s Series X as your home console, and they do the same with yours, both of you can access each other’s digitally purchased content. As long as you’re logged in on your account on your own console, you’ll still have access to your library. Keep in mind that you can only have one Xbox, Series X, or otherwise, set as your home console at a time. Additionally, you can only change your home console five times per year, so swapping who you’re sharing with too often is not an option. The only limitation to gamesharing is that you can’t download anyone else’s physical games; for those, you’ll have to share them the old-fashioned way. You can even play the same title simultaneously if you wish.
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How to Set Up Gameshare
Gameshare on the Xbox Series X allows you to share any and all digital games you’ve purchased on your console with a friend or family member. This includes games accessed through Game Pass and Game Pass Ultimate. However, it’s crucial to trust the person you’re gamesharing with since you’ll need to put your account on their console to set it up. This means that even after you log back in on your own console, they could still access your account through their Xbox.
Step 1: The first step is to either sign in on the Series X console you want to share with or have the owner of that console sign in on your console. To add your account on another Xbox, open the guide and select Profile and System > Add new. Then enter your existing account details.
Step 2: On the second console, open the guide by pressing the menu button and go to Profile & System > Settings > General > Personalization > My home Xbox > Make this my home Xbox. If you want the sharing to work both ways, allowing your friend or family member to access all your games, while you access all theirs, have them repeat the same process by making your Xbox their home Xbox.
That’s it! You and your friend or family member can now download and play any game you’ve purchased digitally now and in the future. This also includes any subscription services you have, such as EA Play or Game Pass. You won’t lose access to anything, but since you’ve set someone else’s Xbox as your home console, you’ll need to be logged in to your account to play. Gamesharing is a fantastic way to save money, share your favorite games with loved ones, or make it easier to access your games if you have multiple consoles.