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