Microsoft is apparently working on a family group pass for Xbox Game Pass, as the subscription service currently only offers individual memberships.
As indicated in a Windows Central article from yesterday (March 31), trusted sources said that a family plan – where an account can pay more to share Xbox Game Pass across accounts in a household – is in the works and should be released this year.
The higher payment tier will apparently grant access to Xbox Game Pass to five different players and will be “significantly cheaper” than paying for each Xbox Game Pass account separately. Currently, Xbox Game Pass sells for £7.99 per month for console and PC, or £10.99 for Game Pass Ultimate, which includes game streaming and additional benefits.
This means that at present a regular membership would cost £39.95 for five players or £54.95 for Ultimate subscribers per month. The exact price of the family plan is unknown, or if it comes in different tiers, like current subscriptions.
If that’s true, Xbox may be looking to join the likes of Nintendo, Netflix, and Disney+ in offering a comprehensive plan for families.
Currently, Game Pass offers subscribers day-one releases of first-party titles and a huge selection of indie and backward compatible games. Ultimate tier subscribers also get access to EA Play, a library of EA titles.
For those in the US, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is currently offering three free months of Marvel Unlimited, a subscription service that gives users access to over 29,000 comics from Marvel’s full publishing history.
In other news, E3 2022 has been canceled entirely, as the Entertainment Software Association canceled this year’s digital event. Earlier in the year, the in-person E3 event was canceled as well.