Xbox Game Pass introduces Friends & Family subscription

As part of the ever-growing list of games and features of Game Pass, Microsoft have officially revealed the Game Pass Friends & Family subscription option, but for now pricing is only available for Ireland and Columbia.

Gamepass Friends and Family promo image outlining the €21.99 price point for Ireland.

For €21.99/49,900 COP per month, you can have up to four (five including yourself) people registered to a Friends & Family subscription. Each get their own account and Xbox profile, meaning all saves are with them, not you. Furthermore, each member will be able to play the same game at the same time, allowing for some great multiplayer action. The only restriction being all members need to reside in the same country. Additionally, all benefits from the standard Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription are also available to all members of your party.

Right now, the Xbox Game Pass Family Plan is powered by Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which costs £10.99 for a single user license. If the Family plan price is around the £20 p/m ($25 p/m) and you split the cost with the full 5 compliment, you would essentially get Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for £4/$5 per user per month instead of £10.99/$14.99 per month. Therefore, this makes it the cheapest way to get a deal on Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. If of course this ends up being the final price. 

Converting old subscriptions

If you are in Ireland or Colombia you will be able to upgrade to the new plan now which does mean adjusting the time remaining on your previous plan, and Microsoft will perform a conversion to the Friends & Family plan:

  • 30 days Xbox Game Pass Ultimate = 18 days Xbox Game Pass Friends & Family
  • 30 days Xbox Game Pass (Console) = 12 days Xbox Game Pass Friends & Family
  • 30 days PC Game Pass = 12 days Xbox Game Pass Friends & Family
  • 30 days Xbox Live Gold = 12 days Xbox Game Pass Friends & Family
  • 30 days EA Play = 6 days Xbox Game Pass Friends & Family

What are the limitations?

There will be some limitations on the Friends & Family plan. You can only be a member of one group at a time. As the primary account holder, you can invite up to four people at a time, with a max of eight people who accept to join your account per year. Your group members can only join a group up to two times per year. This includes leaving and rejoining the same group. Only the primary account holder can share their Game Pass benefits via home sharing. Group members cannot share with other accounts on their console.

Once Microsoft release any more information about the expansion of this option we will update the post, so keep an eye out! For full details on Game Pass Friends & Family, be sure to read the FAQ from Microsoft



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