How to gift digital Xbox One games over Xbox Live

Digital game gifting is finally available on Xbox One, allowing any game to be sent over Xbox Live. Here’s how it works on the console.

Continuing to expand the Xbox One’s digital ecosystem, a recent update to the console added the ability to gift games directly through its online marketplace. While previously, gifting digital games proved to be challenging via third-party retailers, game gifting integrates this as a native feature of Xbox Live.

Although there are some minor differences as a part of the checkout process, gifting Xbox One games is mostly similar to buying games for yourself. Prior to completing a transaction, you’ll be asked to identify the recipient, before a redeemable key is distributed via email. These are the steps to send Xbox One games over Xbox Live using the gifting feature.

Note: For now, Xbox One game gifting is still in testing, with the functionality restricted solely to select members of the Xbox Insider Program.

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It’s not just Xbox One games that can be gifted. Mostly, but not only.

Without making any kind of official announcement, Microsoft has quietly enabled Xbox One game gifting to selected insiders, seemingly in the alpha and beta rings of the Xbox Insider Program. But it’s not only on the console that you can send folks your games.

It’s also in the Store on Windows 10.

Xbox One game gifting now available to select Xbox Insiders

Xbox One game gifting is now rolling out to select members of the Xbox Insider Program, introducing the ability to gift any title over Xbox Live.

Microsoft has been promising the addition of new Xbox One store features for some time now, with wishlists and digital gifting among the most requested. Earlier this month in an interview at PAX West, Xbox Platform CVP, Mike Ybarra, discussed the current state of both these features – noting the imminent arrival of one of these on the horizon.

It now appears that the early stages of Xbox One digital game gifting are already live in the Microsoft Store, despite an official announcement yet to come from Microsoft. For those in the Xbox Insider Program running 1710 preview builds ahead of the upcoming fall OS update, the feature is now live and seemingly fully functional.