Over five years after the launch of Microsoft Store on Windows 8, Steam has been enhanced with a feature that Steam has been offering since the era of Windows 7: the ability to play digital games.
Microsoft made digital games available for selected Xbox One titles last fall. Today, the company announced that PC games and DLC in the Microsoft Store can now be just as talented as any Xbox One game. "Today, May 10, many PC games are available for gifting, and all games should be given away by Friday, May 11," Microsoft's John Smith said in a post by Xbox Wire.
To gift a game through the Windows 10 version of the Microsoft Store, just navigate to this game and select the new option as a gift Buy next to the Buy / Play button. You will need to enter the recipient's e-mail address, which will receive a message explaining how the code can be redeemed. Xbox One users can only send games with their friend's gamertag. These recipients receive a system message with a button that redeems the gift.
There may be some kinks that can be worked out of this system. I was hoping to test the feature on my PC to see if computer users who connected the Windows 10 Xbox app to an Xbox Live account could also play games with gamertags. Unfortunately, clicking on the option Buy As Gift does not make anything on my system. It is completely unresponsive. Since upgrading to the Windows 10 update from April 2018, I could not redeem any game codes using the Microsoft Store app because this is the Microsoft Store. Fortunately, if you come across errors like mine, you can also give games through the Microsoft Store website that behave as expected. Online you have to send a game via e-mail.
Not every digital article can be gifted. Pre-orders, free games, and consumer purchases can not be shared, and you can redeem a game code only in the region where it was purchased. If you wish to sell giveaways that are on offer, Microsoft limits you to two titles (and a maximum of ten gifts of those two titles) over a period of two weeks. Xbox 360 and original Xbox games can not be endowed at all.
Why It Matters: It's encouraging to see that Microsoft offers the opportunity to give PC games, but it's confusing that it took so long here. Steam began trading gamers and in-game products in 2011, and Origin added the ability in 2016. (Unfortunately, Uplay still lacks it.)