How to Game Share Xbox? Now Share Game’s Library with Friends and Family (Complete Guide)

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In the past decade, Xbox has come across as the most far-fetching and advanced gaming platform with the head-to-head competition with PlayStation. And this strong competition has led gamers (Xbox as well as PS) to enjoy high-end gaming features like game share that are not available on general devices like PC or Mobile. In the occurence that you are new to Xbox, you may be wondering what game share is? Also, how to Game Share Xbox?

With all these questions in mind, you have commenced to the fitting platform. Today, we present to you a complete guide on Xbox’s latest game share feature. Let’s begin: 

Introduction

Gamers often feel the urge to play their favourite games with friends online from time to time. But what if your friend does not own this premium game? Well! This scenario may seem hard on the pocket. Now, you need not worry because XBox’s game share feature does this job for you. That’s right! Your friend(s) can access your Xbox premium game and join you in a virtual battle. Sounds like a thrilling idea? 

Before we go ahead and learn how to game share on Xbox, let’s learn about game share features a little bit. 

What is Game Share on Xbox? 

To begin with, the term “Game Share” is self-explanatory. In gaming, the game share is an exclusive feature that allows you and your friend to access the same Xbox gaming library and pick the Game based on your mutual choice. One of the major advantages of game share features is that if your friend does not own this Game, he/she can still play (condition: you own the Game). Similarly, if you do not have a premium version of some game, you can access your friend’s gaming library and play games via game share. 

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In simple words, you can use one gaming library to play the same game on two different accounts of Xbox or PlayStation. 

Is it illegal to Game Share? Can you get banned? 

For the most part, the answer to this question is yes. It is indeed illegal to game share. The reason is games which are premium purchases cause the developers to lose their money because two members from different Xbox accounts play one purchased game version. Hence, it is illegal. 

However, both Xbox (Game Share) and PS4/PS5 (Share play) offer this particular feature. Therefore, you cannot encounter problems like banned accounts because of this feature. 

Yet, of course, in order to game share on Xbox or any other gaming device, you will require to follow specific conditions such as:

  • Only one friend at a time can “Game Share” using your gaming library. 
  • Also, you can only use the “game share or share play” feature five times annually. This means that if you complete game sharing five times in a limited period, you cannot use this feature again until the end of 12 months. 
  • Both Xbox users (player 1 and player 2) must have each other’s Xbox username, email, and password details. 

Apart from this, in the event that you are viewing this guide to game share from Xbox to PC, certain conditions are there. Read the notes in sections to get information on these conditions. 

How to Game Share Xbox? 

To begin with, the Xbox One Game Share feature is easily accessible. Unlike Xbox One, Xbox X Series is not so flexible. Therefore, we present to you two different methods on how to game share Xbox (method 1 for Xbox One and method 2 for X series). 

Disclaimer: It is crucial to note that the Game Share feature on Xbox is only applicable for two players at a time (including you). Thus, in the event that you have shared your account information before with a third-party player, please either revive the information or change the password for safety. Xbox may block your profile or account or game pass if it raises suspicion regarding more than two players on Game Share for safety and security purposes. It is also noteworthy that game shares must be practised with a friend whom you can trust. Cybernetics on Xbox (pretending to be your friend) in order to obtain your premium game pass and Xbox subscription are many. 

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Now, without any further discussion, let’s begin to learn: 

#Method 1: How to Game Share on Xbox One? 

Before you go ahead and proceed to follow the instructions, please exchange Xbox account information with each other, especially if you are Game sharing virtually. Now, let’s take a glance at the process: 

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  • First of all, open your Xbox One on the big screen and navigate to “Home” if you are not already there. 
  • Tick on the “User icon” on the left side of the screen to access the main menu. 
  • Here, tap on the “Add New” alternative. 
  • Add your account first and then add your friend’s Xbox account in the add section. 
  • Once done, again, navigate to the “Home.” 
  • From here, tap on the cog icon to go to the Settings section. 
  • Then, tap on the “personalized” alternative. 
  • Again, select the “Make My Home Xbox” alternative. 
  • When you click on “Make My Home XBox,” select “my xbox/system” as the default device. 
  • As a result, you have activated “GameShare” on your Xbox now. 
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Now, you and your friend both will be able to play games from the same Xbox library. 

To download and install games of your mutual choice, access the game library. 

Using the same guide provided above, you can activate “Game Share” on your friend’s Xbox. Please note that if you have previously shared your Xbox account info with any third friend, the game share may encounter errors because the Xbox game share feature is only limited to two players at a time. 

Can you Game Share between Xbox One and Xbox S/X Series? 

Presuming that you own Xbox One, whereas your friend owns Xbox X or S Series; good news! You can Game Share between these two devices. The only condition is that the Game you are looking to play together must be compatible with both versions. 

More often than not, Game Share is enabled (using #method 1 or 2) on the device that has purchased the premium version of the Game. 

#Method 2: How to Game Share on Xbox X Series or Xbox S Series? 

Xbox offers game share features on S Series as well as X Series. To enable this feature, please follow up on the following stepwise manual:

  • First of all, open your Xbox One on the big screen and navigate to “Home” if you are not already there. 
  • Tick on the “User icon” on the left side of the screen to access the main menu. 
  • Here, tap on the “Add New” alternative. 
  • Add your account first and then add your friend’s Xbox account in the add section. 
  • Once done, again, navigate to the “Home.” 
  • From here, tap on the cog icon to go to the Settings section. 
  • Then, tap on the “personalized” alternative. 
  • Again, select the “Make My Home XBox” alternative. 
  • When you click on “Make My Home XBox,” select “my Xbox/system” as the default device. 
  • As a result, you have now activated “GameShare” on your Xbox. 

Now, you and your friend both will be able to play games from the same Xbox library. 

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To download and install games of your mutual choice, access the game library. 

Using the same guide provided above, you can activate “Game Share” on your friend’s Xbox. Please note that if you have previously shared your Xbox account info with any third friend, the game share may encounter errors because the Xbox game share feature is only limited to two players at a time. 

Can you GameShare offline (disc only) games? 

For the most part, in both methods one and two, you will see that players can only play or game share on Xbox that are virtually available. Many gamers have asked if the game share is available to games with the physical copy (like CD). 

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In this case, the answer is yes. You can see game share games indeed on Xbox with a physical copy. However, the only agreement is that you will require a disc to enable this Game. And because the disc can contain one copy at a time. Hence, you can only game share if both players have the copy. 

Can you Game Share between Xbox and PlayStation? 

Since the launch of features like GameShark on Xbox and Share Play on Playstation, gamers are eager to know if these features work on a cross-console basis! Well! The answer is NO. According to the theory, Xbox Game Pass versus PS game subscription is different in many ways. Therefore, it is possible that upon game sharing, one player will seek an unfair advantage over the other. 

Thus, in the event that you want to play Xbox games with your PlayStation friend, you can look out for cross-platform games such as Call of Duty, Overwatch, or StarWars. 

Is Game Share on Xbox Safe? 

According to our research, Game Sharing on Xbox is 90% safe and 10% risky. The reason is that when you enable the “Make My Home XBox” feature, it makes your device open for all cybernetics in your area. Therefore, if there is a lurker out there who wishes to steal your Xbox account, you have made his job easy. Hence, we highly recommend you to proceed with Game sharing on Xbox only with friends or family members or local people in your area that you know well. 

Games are on the Xbox and not working. What to do?

Are you facing issues while Game sharing on Xbox? Please note that Game sharing on Xbox to Xbox (distinct in series) is possible and 100% legal. In the event, that game sharing feature is not working on your Xbox, please check out the following solutions: 

Turn off parental control

Recently, Xbox has launched a new feature called “parental control,” using which parents can virtually lock or turn off Xbox whenever they desire to discipline their kid. In the event that you cannot game share, it is possible that your parents have varied settings from the Xbox parental control app. To continue game sharing, please turn off parental control in the meantime. 

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Check for identical Sign-in(s)

While game sharing, there can be several steps where the confusion is common. For example, if both Xbox users have the same login account. In this scenario, the game share feature will probably not work because both users either own the game or they don’t (given that the same account is in use). Thus, please log out. Now, log in again. But, make certain that both Xbox accounts are distinct, provided that one user owns the Game and the other user does not. 

The Game contains specific bonuses

Xbox game sharing is not a working problem often encountered when the Game you are trying to share with your friend has game-specific currencies or bonuses. According to the ruling of online gaming, such currencies or bonuses are not shareable. In this scenario, you may face several errors. Please switch to a different game which does not bind you. 

Reboot your Xbox console

From time to time, GameShark on Xbox also has trouble because of console issues. These issues can be unknown. Thus, the best way to resolve them is by simply rebooting the console. As a result, it starts afresh. Here’s how to do it: 

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  • While your Xbox is ON and you can view content on screen, please press and hold the “center” button on your Xbox controller for 10-15 seconds. 
  • You will see the “power” menu on the screen. 
  • Select the “RESTART YOUR CONSOLE” option. 
  • Once the console restarts, scroll above to start the game share feature on Xbox. 

Xbox Hard Reset

Remember how while gaming on a PC, cache, cookies and corrupt files create several problems? Similarly, the Xbox console also collects files in the database that may lead to problems in the long term. You can resolve it by doing a hard reset. Here’s how to do it: 

  • While your Xbox is ON and you can view content on screen, please press and hold the “center” button on your Xbox controller for 10-15 seconds. 
  • Keep holding it down when the power menu appears on the screen.
  • Consequently, the Xbox screen will automatically switch off.
  • Now, undo the Xbox cable. 
  • Wait for a while. 
  • After 15 minutes, connect the cable again and activate the Xbox console. 

Epilogue

Game Sharing on Xbox can be a big-time professional gaming experience for kids who are good at popular games like GTA, PUBG, Fortnite, Minecraft, and so on. Please check the Game’s compatibility before you Game shares it on Xbox. Some games do not allow this feature. For more information, drop “hello and your question” in the comment. Thank you. 

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