Netflix Like Family Sharing is Coming to Xbox Game Pass Soon

Only available to Xbox Insiders for the time being

Game Pass is one of the biggest game subscription services, but unfortunately all the plans are limited to one user account. That is now going to change as Microsoft is finally testing a Xbox Game Pass family plan. The new plan will allow users to add up to four people to their plan, as long as they reside in the same country. 

According to the announcement blogpost, the family plan will be available for Xbox Insiders in Colombia and Ireland. Clearly, Microsoft is testing the service before rolling it out to a wider audience. Moreover, the shared users don’t need to be Xbox Insiders to be invited to the family plan. Also, if you are wondering what happens to your existing service once you enroll for the family plan, “Insider Preview will convert the time remaining on your membership to time in the new plan, based upon the monetary value of the old membership“. Unfortunately, the conversion is not available for invited members, and they will need to cancel their existing service if they don’t want to wait for it to expire. Finally, Xbox All Access members won’t be able to enable the feature yet, most likely because the console price is also included in the plan. 

It seems Microsoft isn’t charging anything extra for the family plan yet, and the pricing is similar to the Xbox Ultimate Game Pass tier. This however might change when its widely rolled out, or Microsoft adds family sharing in the Ultimate Xbox Game Pass tier itself. 

Known issues: 

  • Invited members with an existing subscription may encounter an error when accepting an invite. We’re working on enabling these members to cancel immediately to accept the invitation. 
  • Attempts to upgrade twice within 24 hours will be blocked. For example, upgrading from Xbox Live Gold to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will work, but attempts to then upgrade from Ultimate to Xbox Game Pass – Insider Preview will be blocked for 24 hours. There is currently a generic error code shown when this is attempted. 
  • Microsoft account family members will not receive an email when automatically added to a group. Primary account holders can share benefits with Microsoft account family members automatically. We’re working on sending a confirmation email, and family members do not need to explicitly accept an invite to get access. 
  • A Primary account holder may see a “Something went wrong” error when trying to share directly to two or more Microsoft account family members at once after purchase. Please wait a short time and try again. Alternatively, try sharing via email or link. 
  • Error while trying to purchase Xbox Game Pass – Insider Preview plan. If you’re blocked from purchase with this error code: PEX-CatalogAvailabilityDataNotFound, please report a problem following the steps outlined in the Insider subreddit here. You may be able to work around this by restarting the Microsoft Store and trying to purchase again. 
  • Subscription sharing “Get help” link on account.microsoft.com links to the support.xbox.com home page instead of a specific support article with sharing help. 
  • Invitation and group management related emails are currently only in English.  We are working on additional languages for these emails. 

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