Currently, a Game Pass subscription in any of its flavors – whether PC Game Pass, Xbox Game Pass or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate – is only valid for one person. Meanwhile, a Nintendo Switch Online family membership can be shared across eight accounts, even across different consoles, and streaming services like Netflix also have family plans. Some sort of Game Pass equivalent is a much-requested feature.
Now, according to sources cited by Windows Central, Microsoft “is moving forward with an Xbox Game Pass Family Plan, which could be released later this year.” Apparently, you’ll be able to share access to this premium family plan between up to five accounts in the same country, with the subscription managed and paid for by a central account holder.
As Windows Central notes, there are still many questions to be answered. “For example, will there be separate family plans for PC Game Pass and Xbox Game Pass console, or will everything be exclusive to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate? And the exact price is also unknown at this time.”
Now would be a good time for Microsoft to add something extra to Game Pass, as Sony has just announced a reinvention of the PlayStation Plus subscription service. It’s not such a huge value for us, as its Premium tier, which includes access to a library of games available on PC via streaming, costs twice as much as a PS Now subscription. Having Microsoft come up with an even more compelling version of Game Pass would be a slam dunk.
Recent additions to PC Game Pass include Weird West, Norco, and Tunic. If you didn’t need to use the Xbox app to manage them, it would be an even more tempting deal.