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Xbox Game Pass is reportedly getting a family subscription

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The days of getting kicked off Xbox because a partner or family member decides to log in from another room may soon be over. Microsoft is reportedly adding a family subscription as a separate subscription tier to its Xbox Game Pass, according to

cafe-madrid has contacted Microsoft for confirmation of the news, but the company is keeping its mouth shut for now. “We are always looking for ways to improve the Game Pass experience and add more value to members, including regularly testing and refining features based on community feedback. However, we have nothing to announce at this time,” a Microsoft spokesperson wrote in an email to cafe-madrid.

Unlike Netflix, Spotify, and many other subscription services, the Xbox Game Pass currently doesn’t have the option for multiple users to share a single account. This is a among Xbox players over the years, especially those who share a household with other people who like to play games. Xbox Game Pass subscriptions are tied to specific Xbox profiles, not specific devices, so players can sign up from anywhere. While players can technically add a secondary Xbox console to their Game Pass subscription, the primary account holder must be signed in before the second person can access their games. Households with multiple gamers often get around this inconvenience by paying for multiple individual Game Pass subscriptions.

The family plan will reportedly allow up to five players on a single subscription and is set to debut later this year. It is unknown what the exact price will be and whether the family subscription will be exclusive to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, or include the other subscription tiers.

A family subscription will likely give Microsoft an extra edge over Sony Playstation, which this week announced a revamped lineup of subscriptions — none of which include a family subscription — to compete with Xbox Game Pass.

As we’ve done in the past, Microsoft has been very excited to expand the Xbox Game Pass subscriber base. The cloud gaming service is currently on from this January. Activision Blizzard’s business is expected to close next summer, meaning popular titles like Dutydiablo and World of Warcraft come to Game Pass. Unsurprisingly, one of the ways Microsoft will accommodate this larger subscriber base is by making it easier for households to share a subscription.

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