Microsoft Finally Reveals Xbox Game Pass Friends and Family. Finally, Microsoft has spilled the beans concerning its upcoming Xbox game pass friends and friends’ program. Instead of paying you for more than one game pass subscription, one for each of the accounts used in your family circle or friend group, you would soon be able to grab some savings and only pay for one pass.
Microsoft Finally Reveals Xbox Game Pass Friends and Family
However, there are several restrictions in place that mean not everyone might be able to take advantage of this new offer. Perhaps more importantly, this is just the beginning, so this would take a while until everyone can take part in it.
Xbox Game Pass makes for a nice alternative to purchasing games, instead of splurging on certain titles, you get access to plenty as long as you pay your monthly subscription. New titles would be added regularly, although Xbox takes some out every month. Microsoft is battling with Sony, which also offers a similar service via the PlayStation Plus program. The Xbox Game pass Friends and family could potentially offer Microsoft an edge in this type of competition.
Game Pass Membership Costs
The game pass membership costs only $14.99 per month. The friends and family plan, when fully operational, would bump up that price, but splitting it among five players means that each of them would only receive a small amount. The new Xbox game pass for friends and family would include all of the benefits of the ultimate membership, which includes online play, access to Xbox Live, Xbox Cloud gaming, and even the PC game pass for cross-platform gameplay.
To begin with, an Xbox game pass for friends and family is only going to be available in a very limited scope. Call it a test run. It would be available in Colombia and Ireland, but Microsoft stated that it might add more countries and regions in the months to come.
In Ireland, the plan is going to be priced at €21.99 per month ($21.92) (versus the €12.99 a single membership costs), and in Colombia, it would cost 49,900 COP (about $11). Microsoft is yet to announce the price in other regions, but it is safe for you to assume that it might be in the $20 – $35 ballpark.
Microsoft New Plan
With this new plan, up to about five people can share the same account, but there is a catch, everyone has to be in the same country. So, sharing with a friend or family all over the globe is not an option. If you currently have an ongoing game pass subscription and switch to the friends and family plan, Microsoft would allow you to convert your remaining subscription to the new plan.
30 days of Xbox Game Pass ultimate would equal 18 days of Friends and Family; 30 days of the console membership, Xbox Live Gold, or the PC game Pass – 12 days of Friends and Family; and lastly, 30 days of EA Play would amount to just six days of friends and family.