Yesterday, August 4th, Microsoft finally started to roll out testing for its upcoming Xbox Game Pass Family Plan. The program, which allows up to four users to take advantage of Game Pass Ultimate benefits, just began testing in Ireland and Colombia. Thanks to the testing phase in Ireland specifically, we now know what appears to be the planned price of the program, at least in that region.
The Verge's Tom Warren has noted that currently, pricing is set to €21.99 a month in Ireland. That'd probably equate to about £20 a month here in the UK, and about $25 in the US. We'll know the exact figures once Xbox begins rolling out the program to other regions.
In addition, the above video provides a brief overview of the service, showing how you add people to your family plan and what happens once they're integrated. It looks like a pretty slick service even in testing, and we're assuming this move will come in pretty handy for plenty of Xbox users!
Have you been waiting for this Xbox Game Pass family plan? What do you think to the pricing? Let us know.
If it's £20 in the Uk then that's a fair price.
This looks like a really solid offering. MS already offer best in class familly benefits which I share with my wife, this new 4 person model looks great.
Its a sad contrast with PS on this occasion, whos system is too complex and restrictive. Instead of sharing my ability to cloud save with my wife, she needs her own essential subscription in order to have cloud saves. This is essential for us both as we have two ps5s so saves need to be via cloud. Whilst my wife can play tge exra games I get on my bigger sub, she can only do so on a machine ive set as the 'primary console'. With two consoles this means you are continually having to switch which machine is primary console, so my wife can access our games.
Microsofts approach is so much better, shes familly so she has all my benefits.
This new plan seems an extention of this excellent service, bravo!
Not sure how many people can access and/or what limitations, restrictions etc are involved in a Family plan, but it's great to see a 'reasonable' price for a Family and hope it greatly benefits the community of family gamers.
I'm now at the age of life where my Kids are adults with their own money and gaming plans. Therefore I only need my own plan and Game Pass Ultimate is fantastic value for a sole gamer. So therefore a Family Plan has no immediate benefit to me but I know many families will appreciate this!
£20 for 4 people would be a done deal for me.
You left out the single price in Ireland to compare it with
@Richnj 5 people actually. You can share it with up to 4 more people
Someone help me work this out. I pay for two GPU subscriptions, which, with gold sharing / home Xbox setting, covers four consoles in my home for gold and game pass. Outside of the £2 difference, are the benefits of family plan the same as two GPU subs?
@Kaloudz according to the article it seems these plans are exclusively GPU tier. If your household has two GPU accounts, it sounds like you will be better off with the family plan.
I read that once you move your account to family plan your time is converted based on value, but not sure if that allows for merging the remaining balance of two separate accounts.
Edit to add:
I find it extremely generous of them that they didn’t just pursue “each additional family member is +$5” or some such thing. A family of 5 is going to be way better off with this than individually, and it sounds they even encourage friends to use it, so long they are on the same country.
@Tharsman Ahhh right! See I was reading into a little wrong there so thanks a lot for the clarity. I know it's only a couple of quid difference, but if I buy annually, I'll be saving a few bob. Plus, it's cleaner isn't it?
I do ponder how it will extend outside of the household. For instance, if one of the four of us go away for a week or so - are they still covered? The way I see it working in my mind is that you can enter an X amount of Gamertags under the family plan, and it covers them when out and about too.
Though, I wonder if that then means the four of us can share GPU with others, when we are out and away. I'm certainly intrigued by the workings of it all, that's for sure.
Edit- just watched the video at the head of the page, which answered a few of these questions. That's amazing value.
@Kaloudz it does not seem to be tied to a house, but instead you get to manage what accounts are under your family plan (if i understand correctly)
So long as they are in the country, they get all privileges of GPU, including streaming, under their xbox live accounts wherever they are, on any xbox, pc or streaming client they access.
@Tharsman Yeah you're totally spot on there chief. I watched that video at the top of the page. I think it's great. It should blow up too, once these stream-only Xbox apps arrive and the current deals goes through. It's very clear that MS is playing the long game.
@Tharsman if that's the case, then I'll be signing up straight away. I've got 3 Xboxs in my house and pay for 1 GPU, and 1 gold account. This makes absolute sense to anyone else in a similar position.
@Bruvas might want to find more info on that conversion of member accounts, because if they all “merge in” you might want to upgrade that golf account into GPU for a dollar, if that’s still going on (and that account has not ever been on game pass.)
You might be able to get some extra time merged into the family plan, but first need to confirm that added accounts balances do carry into the family plan.
Yeah, for my family, I currently pay for 2 game pass ultimate (annually via gold to gpu conversion, so $75 each). And one annual gold sub (60$). The family gpu is a bit more expensive per year ($300), but I'd be willing to pay it as it's a very fair price. I'd probably also include my dad on the plan as he likes to play Xbox and can probably find somethings he'd enjoy on game pass.
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