Last autumn Microsoft allowed gifting of certain digital Xbox games via their store, as well as DLC, Gold subscriptions, and Game Pass subscriptions, and now they've announced that they've expanded digital gifting to include PC games and DLC, as well as revealing that all Xbox One games are now available for digital gifting.
To do this on PC you'll need to head over to the Microsoft Store, select the product, choose 'Buy as Gift', and then enter the email address of the person you want to receive it (on Xbox One, though, you can choose a Gamertag, which might make things slightly easier). This person then receives a code as well as instructions on how to redeem the item, while Xbox One users will receive a system message with a redemption button.
It's worth noting a few things though, as summarised on Microsoft's site:
- Gift purchasers can only buy two discounted products - and a total of 10 discounted products - every 14 days. There are no limits for gift purchases made at full price.
- Gifting of Xbox 360 and Xbox original games, pre-orders, free products, and consumable downloadable game content such as virtual currency is not allowed.
- Gift recipients can only redeem gift tokens in the country or region where they were purchased.
- Many PC games are available for gifting today, May 10, and all games should be available for gifting by Friday, May 11. We are hard at work on improving digital gifting, adding new capabilities as well as support for new content types. We look forward to bringing you updates on the gifting of paid PC and Xbox apps soon.
Microsoft asks that players give feedback on the new system, including features they'd like to see, but for now it looks promising for you benevolent souls out there. Is this a welcome feature in your eyes?