Speaking to IGN, Whitten admitted that Microsoft could have been clearer about the benefits of an Internet-centric game console. "The thing that's really gratifying is that people are excited about the types of features that are possible, and it's sort of shame on us that we haven't done as good of a job as we can to make people feel like that's where we're headed," he said.
Whitten didn't offer any time frame for when Family Sharing would return, or how it might work without a required Internet connection. Perhaps the answer is to offer it as an optional feature, for players who are willing to accept check-ins in return.
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