Microsoft Starts Testing Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Family Plan

Microsoft is running a limited preview for an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership that can be shared with up to four people.

Xbox Insiders located in Colombia and Ireland can now add multiple people to their Game Pass Ultimate subscription, with up to four people supported per membership. And even though it’s a shared account, each person can access content individually and play different games to each other.

The only restriction of sharing a Game Pass Ultimate membership, at least for the preview, is that the people being added need to reside in the same country as you. If that remains the case when Microsoft roles out what we assume will end up being called a “Family Plan” to consumers, it means multiple households could share a single membership. That will come in handy if, for example, a family member leaves home to go to university.

Insiders must purchase the “Xbox Game Pass – Insider Preview” Game Pass plan in order to share their membership. Microsoft says no member will lose the remaining value of an existing Game Pass subscription when they switch over, and they can switch back once this new membership expires. Anyone invited to share a membership can either cancel their existing membership or wait for it to expire before accepting the invite. And for anyone invited who doesn’t have a Microsoft account, one will be created as part of the sign-up process.

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The Xbox Wire post(Opens in a new window) about this preview lists a number of issues which may prevent you from switching to the new membership or result in your account being temporarily blocked. It’s worth reading through them before attempting to join if you are an eligible Insider.

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