Microsoft is reportedly working on a ‘Family Plan’ for their popular subscription service Xbox Game Pass, according to Windows Central. This will apparently allow multiple users in one household to share the service, similar to Nintendo Switch Online’s family plans.
Windows Central recently reported that Xbox Game Pass will receive a Family Plan sometime soon. “According to trusted sources familiar with Microsoft‘s efforts, we can now confirm that Xbox is moving ahead with an Xbox Game Pass Family Plan, which should be set to launch sometime this year,” said the site.
Windows Central didn’t mention when this plan would arrive, but stated it would be coming later this year. Some details are also still scarce, but the site claims that the highest tier of the plan will allow access for up to five users.
We don’t know if PC Game Pass and Xbox Game Pass will be two separate family plans, or if they’ll both be covered under Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. It will likely be the latter, though, as this allows both platforms to use the service with one subscription fee instead of multiple payments.
This also comes in light of Sony’s recent rebranding of PlayStation Plus (touted as a “Game Pass competitor” though we don’t think this is the case). The new PS Plus will be rolled out in three tiers: Essential, Extra and Premium. Essential will be the usual PS Plus subscription tier, while Extra will offer access to 400 PS4 and PS5 games. The Premium tier will deliver that plus an additional 340+ games from the PS1,PS2 PS3 (via streaming only) and PSP generations.
Xbox Game Pass has grown considerable since it launched in 2017. It now accommodates day one releases for exclusives (and some third-party launches) on the service, including native backward compatibility and access to a large library of first and third-party titles.
Source: Windows Central