Microsoft is starting to test an Xbox Game Pass family plan that will allow subscribers to share their benefits with others. A preview of this Xbox Game Pass family plan is available in Colombia and Ireland today, and testers will be able to add up to four people to their subscription as long as they’re in the same country.
“Starting today in Colombia and Ireland, Xbox Insiders can start previewing a plan that allows multiple people to share the benefits of Game Pass Ultimate,” says Tyler Mittleider, senior technical program manager at Microsoft. “It makes it even easier to play the best Game Pass games with your friends and family across console, PC and cloud by letting you add up to four people to your subscription, all with their own unique access to Xbox Game games. Ultimate Pass, content and benefits.
Microsoft has been rumored to have been considering a family plan for Xbox Game Pass for some time, and this preview shows that it’s gearing up to test how Xbox Game Pass Ultimate sharing would work more broadly.
Microsoft currently offers Xbox Game Pass or PC Game Pass for $9.99 per month. Neither includes online multiplayer capabilities, but you can upgrade to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for $14.99, which unlocks Game Pass for console, PC, EA Play access, and online multiplayer.
Testers in Colombia or Ireland can sign up for an Xbox Insider preview of the new Xbox Game Pass Ultimate plan in the Microsoft Store today, and joining the preview will convert time remaining on a plan into a new plan “based on the monetary value of the old membership, so if you have a full month of Ultimate, it will convert to 18 days of membership on this new plan, which suggests that Microsoft will offer a separate tier once the split Game Pass will be fully ready for a wider launch.