The days of getting kicked off Xbox because a partner or family member decides to log on from another room may soon be over. Microsoft is adding a Family Plan as a separate subscription tier to its Xbox Game Pass, according to .
Engadget has reached out to Microsoft to confirm the news, but the company is keeping its lips shut for now. “We are always looking for ways to improve the Game Pass experience and add more value for members, which includes regular testing and feature adjustments based on community feedback. However, we have nothing to announce at this time,” a Microsoft spokesperson wrote in an email to Engadget.
Unlike Netflix, Spotify, and many other subscription services, Xbox Game Pass currently does not allow multiple users to share a single account. It has been a among Xbox gamers over the years, especially those who share a household with other people who enjoy playing games. Xbox Game Pass subscriptions are tied to specific Xbox profiles, not specific devices, allowing players to log in from anywhere. While players can technically add a secondary Xbox console to their Game Pass subscription, the primary account holder must be signed in for the second person to access their games. Households with multiple players often work around this drawback by paying for multiple individual Game Pass subscriptions.
The family plan would allow up to five players on a single subscription and is expected to debut later this year. It’s unclear what the exact price will be and whether the family plan will be exclusive to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate or include the other subscription tiers.
A family plan will likely give Microsoft an extra edge over Sony Playstation, which this week announced a newly revamped set of subscription plans – none of which include a family plan – to compete with Xbox Game Pass.
as we have In the past, Microsoft was very keen to grow its Xbox Game Pass subscriber base. The cloud gaming service is currently at from this month of January. Of the society from Activision Blizzard is set to shut down next summer, which means popular titles like Call of Duty, Diablo and World of Warcraft are coming to Game Pass. It’s no surprise that one of the ways Microsoft will accommodate this larger subscriber base is to make it easier for households to share a subscription.