Microsoft Extends PC Games To Its Digital Gifting Program

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The company which enabled this feature for Xbox One users a year ago is now bringing the same feature to all Windows 10 users who download, install and play games from the Microsoft Store. Microsoft actually introduced the feature on Xbox One a year ago, but now the feature has come to the Windows Store on Windows 10.

The feature is live for many PC games at this very moment.

After you do that, the recipient will receive an email with a code and instructions on how to redeem it.

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To gift a game through the Windows 10 version of the Microsoft Store, simply browse to it and select the new Buy as gift option next to the purchase/play button. Anything you do send as a gift will also only be redeemable in the country it was purchased in.

The new move is on the same line of last fall when Microsoft allowed its users to digitally gift some Xbox One digital games, Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass subscriptions.

Numerous games are already available for gifting and the company says it is working on adding support for new contents along with improving the digital gifting option.

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Why this matters: It's heartening to see Microsoft add the ability to gift PC games, but it's befuddling that it's taken so long to get here. Players can only purchase two discounted gifts at one time and a total of 10 for every 14 days.

One can select the gift from an unlimited number of digital games.

Numbers released by EA chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen suggest that Microsoft sold about 30 million Xbox One consoles by the end of 2017, which is less than half of what Sony managed with the PlayStation 4 (73 million).

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Nobody likes needing to use the Microsoft Store. The team over at Microsoft are working on improvements as we speak on making it even more accessible, more plentiful, and without issues.