Xbox Game Pass is already widely regarded as the best deal in gaming. For a relatively low monthly subscription, you get access to a massive library of games, including all of Microsoft’s first-party titles at launch. It now seems that Xbox Game Pass is about to get even better with the option to share a subscription plan with your friends.
Microsoft had recently started testing its Xbox Game Pass family plan in Ireland and Colombia. Under this plan, Game Pass Ultimate members can add up to four other people to their plan, as long as they are in the same country. Those added to the plan have access to all of the benefits of Game Pass Ultimate, including the catalog of games for console, PC and cloud.
Awesome, right? Well, now it seems that Microsoft is adding the ability to not only share a membership with family members but with friends too.
Prominent industry leaker Aggiornamenti Lumia shared an image that indicates the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate family plan will now support “Friends & Family.”
Microsoft hasn’t commented on the rumor, but it’s worth pointing out that the current test plan in Ireland and Colombia doesn’t specifically place a “family member-only” restriction. It simply only requires that people on the plan reside in the same country.
If the rumor is true, the Xbox Game Pass Friends & Family plan will likely support up to four others and include all of the same benefits of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, including Game Pass for console, PC, EA Play access and online multiplayer. As someone who has multiple friends interested in Game Pass but no actual family members, this would be a massive appeal for us.
Of course, it would depend on pricing. Based on the current pricing in the test plans, it would seem the Friends & Family Plan would cost around $25 per month in the United States. That would work out to about $5 per person on a full plan, which would be an incredible value. Can you imagine paying just $5 for access to all of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate benefits? I’m not sure how economically viable it would be for Microsoft, but if the goal is to just get as many users as possible, this would sure do the trick.