The Xbox Game Pass Friends & Family plan has officially launched, and while its availability is limited, its pricing is certainly attractive.
With the Xbox Game Pass Friends & Family plan, you and four others can access all the benefits of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for a monthly cost of €21.99 – about $21.99 / £19.99 / AU $32.99. It was previously only available to Xbox Insiders, but the official launch means even more players can sign up.
Unfortunately, the service is currently only available in the Republic of Ireland and Colombia. Microsoft says (opens in new tab) future countries and regions “may be added in the coming months”.
The best part? Ultimate tier membership means friends or family won’t even need an Xbox Series X|S console to benefit. The inclusion of Xbox Cloud Gaming means they can enjoy everything Game Pass has to offer on a smartphone, laptop or smart TV that supports the Samsung Gaming Hub.
There are some limitations to keep in mind, however. Players on your Friends & Family plan must be living in the same country or region, and only the main account holder can decide who joins the group. If a user moves to a different country or region, they will be removed from the group automatically.
It’s all in the family
Yes, the Xbox Game Pass Friends & Family plan costs more than a standard Ultimate membership, but I think the benefits outweigh the increased cost here. Especially if you’re making the most of it with five players who will be using it often.
Having up to five people under the same Game Pass umbrella is beneficial in many ways. Mainly, I find it an excellent way to organize multiplayer nights with friends and family. Everyone on the plane has access to the same games, making impromptu adventures in Forza Horizon 5 or Sea of Thieves silly.
While Xbox won’t be the first to show up at the family party – Nintendo Switch Online offers an equally affordable family plan for up to eight users – its ecosystem is likely best positioned to use the format. If only for the game tracks and perks offered by Xbox Game Pass.