Microsoft is launching a Game Pass subscription for families with five members

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No specific price was given, but the original release noted that a single month of standard Game Pass Ultimate, which includes access to both Microsoft and EAs library of digital games and Xbox Cloud streaming, was worth 18 days of this new plan for exchange/upgrade purposes. With a lone month of Ultimate being about $15, that’d put the initial price of the family plan at something approaching $30 or so, a pretty impressive deal to get five people full Game Pass access.

One Game Pass account could be used by up to five individuals. Microsoft is testing a more expensive, family-sharing Game Pass plan that would permit up to five individuals to access the same subscription, as rumours had previously claimed, according to an official Xbox news post(opens in new tab) (opens in new tab). Members of the Xbox Insiders programme can test out the new offering during the initial release, which is only available in Colombia and Ireland. The new subscribers “have their own unique access to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate titles, content, and advantages,” a spokeswoman for Xbox said. Additionally, they mentioned that “depending on Xbox Insider comments,” the package could vary.

Highlights

  • Ted has been thinking about PC games and bothering anyone who would listen with his thoughts on them ever since he booted up his sister’s copy of Neverwinter Nights on the family computer. He is obsessed with all things CRPG and CRPG-adjacent, but has also covered esports, modding, and rare game collecting. When he’s not playing or writing about games, you can find Ted lifting weights on his back porch.

  • Microsoft hasn’t offered a timeline of when it will bring this new plan to other regions, but the spokesperson did note that the company would “have more to share later this year.” Luddite that I am, I’m still saving my pennies for Steam and GOG sales like my daddy did, but it’s hard to deny that this Game Pass iteration would be killer, especially evenly split with four of your dearest gamers.

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