Microsoft may be preparing an Xbox Game Pass family subscription

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Rumor mill: Xbox Game Pass is arguably the most generous video game subscription, with over 100 games, including many new releases. Recent reports indicate that it may soon be an even better deal with a family plan.

Windows Central sources say Microsoft plans to offer a family option for Game Pass and it could launch sometime this year. This allows one subscriber to share the entire Game Pass library with up to four other family members in the same country. There is currently no information on pricing, but it will be much cheaper than paying for five separate plans.

It’s unclear how Microsoft would apply a family subscription to the various Game Pass tiers, including Console Game Pass, PC Game Pass, and Game Pass Ultimate. For example, Nintendo Switch Online offers four subscriptions: an individual and a family subscription with and without the retro game expansion pack. Microsoft can make its family subscription exclusive to Game Pass Ultimate, or offer family subscriptions to all three tiers.

Sony recently announced a restructuring of PlayStation Plus to offer more games, including retro games. Although Sony’s subscription does not list a special family subscription, users can share some features with other accounts, such as online multiplayer and downloadable games.

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