A few weeks ago, Windows Central revealed that Microsoft is working on a much-requested feature for its Xbox Game Pass service.
Xbox Game Pass gives you hundreds of games on Xbox, PC, mobile devices, web, and soon smart TVs for a single subscription fee. While third-party games from the likes of EA and Ubisoft are available on the service, all first-party titles from Microsoft are guaranteed for the service at launch from Xbox Game Studios and Bethesda. However, there was one feature that had eluded fans of the service since its inception in 2017.
Xbox Game Pass ‘Friends and Family’ Plans
Microsoft revealed that Xbox Game Pass is actually getting a family plan recently, following similar services like Netflix and even Nintendo Online. The Xbox Game Pass family plan has been in limited testing in Ireland and Colombia as of writing, with plans to expand to the general public at an uncertain date. An additional piece of the puzzle is now in place, though.
Thanks to a post by Windows and Xbox watcher Agiornamenti Lumia, we now have a possible official branding of Xbox Game Pass for Friends & Family.
Xbox Game Pass Friends and Family watches have an estimated price of around $25, which will naturally vary by region due to currency differences and local laws and taxes. This plan and service will result in up to five users getting Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which could rapidly expand the platform’s monthly active user base. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate includes PC Game Pass, cloud gaming access on phones, web, and smart TVs, as well as Xbox Game Pass for consoles. It also includes Xbox Live Gold for multiplayer access, and even free in some games and trials for things like Discord Nitro and Crunchyroll Premium.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate typically costs $15 per month for a single user, so the savings here for a family or friend group of 5 are somewhat astronomical. This comes at a time of global economic hardship, where average consumers are being squeezed by the global cost of energy. Sony’s PlayStation 5 recently opted to increase the price of its hardware by up to 20% in most of its major markets, a sizable price-sized spotlight on products like the Xbox Series S and Xbox Game Pass Friends and Family. Shines. – Giving consumers a very clear savings proposition this holiday season.