You'll soon be able to gift games to friends on Xbox One.

Responding to a question on Twitter, Xbox vice president Mike Ybarra said the feature was "not far" away.

One place Microsoft could announce the feature is Gamescom, which this year runs from August 22-26.

Xbox One users have called for a game gift feature for years now, and on the Xbox 'request a feature' page, gifting has almost 5000 votes, making it the system's fourth most requested feature.

Currently, you cannot send gifts to anyone on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network or Nintendo eShop.

On PC, things are very different: Steam, Humble Bundle,, Origin, and all support gifting.