Last year, Microsoft enabled digital gift giving for select Xbox titles and subscriptions using the Microsoft Store. Yesterday, Microsoft announced that they have expanded this program to PC games and downloadable content such as skins and maps and have also enabled gift giving on all Xbox games and subscriptions.
Now if you go to the Microsoft Store, for PC titles you will see a Buy As Gift button that when clicked will open a dialog ask who you wish to send the gift to.
To gift a PC game, Xbox game, or digital content, you can use follow these steps:
- Go to the Microsoft Store web site or open the Microsoft Store in Windows 10 or Xbox one and browse to the game you wish to gift.
- Click on the “Buy as gift” button under the price.
- A dialog box will open up asking for the email address of the recipient you would like to gift the game. Enter the email address and click Next and keep following the prompts to pay for the game.
- The recipient will then receive an email with a code that can be entered in the Microsoft Store app to redeem the game.
Unfortunately, the ability to gift PC games comes with some restrictions. According to Microsoft when gifting games, the following rules apply:
- 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.
With the resurgence of PC gaming, it’s great that Microsoft is offering this feature so that family members and friends can gift PC games for the holiday or birthdays.