Microsoft gives update on Xbox Game Pass Friends & Family Plan

Xbox Game Pass Friends & Family Plan

While Microsoft was running a pilot for their much-demanded Xbox Game Pass Friends & Family plan in select countries, it was quietly cut off earlier this past summer.

Since the Xbox Game Pass Friends & Family plan “preview” was shut down, many fans have been wondering if Microsoft killed the new subscription entirely. Xbox boss Phil Spencer finally gave an update on the new service, revealing it isn’t dead yet.

“Yeah, there is a roadmap for the Xbox Family Plan,” Spencer said to Windows Central. “We put it in market to learn. It’s important for us, and for everybody, to understand that Game Pass is mainly driven by our partners’ content.”

Just prior to the Game Pass Friends & Family plan preview being abruptly shut down, the new subscription tier was extended to another batch of countries earlier in the year.

If the plan is made available in the United States and elsewhere, it would reportedly cost around $30 a month compared to the standard $15 for Game Pass Ultimate, and would get up to five people access to the entire Xbox Game Pass Ultimate plan.

“Yes, we put our first party games in day and date, and I think that’s an important part of our equation,” Spencer said. “But we also have to continue to build a service that works for creators heading into Xbox Game Pass as well. So we do some tests, we look at what happens in the market, we share that data with our partners.”

He added, “We need to come up with a value proposition for creators and for players, to make it a win-win. And we’ve been able to do that with how Game Pass is structured. We’ll continue to look at ways to bring value to more customers, while continuing to make it a great service for creators.”



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