Microsoft has announced that it will allow Xbox Game Pass members to share their subscription with friends and family. This means that subscribers to the service will be able to invite up to five other people to access the library of games, using their own separate accounts. The new feature is expected to roll out in the coming weeks.
Xbox Game Pass has been a popular subscription service for gamers since its launch, offering access to a wide range of games for a monthly fee. However, until now, the service has been limited to a single user. This means that families or groups of friends who share a console have had to purchase separate subscriptions if they want to access the same library of games.
The new family sharing feature will allow Xbox Game Pass subscribers to share their library of games with others in their household, without the need for additional subscriptions. The feature is similar to other family sharing options that are available on streaming services like Netflix or Amazon Prime Video.
However, there are some restrictions on the new feature. Each member of the shared library will have to have their own separate Xbox Live account, and the library will be restricted to a single console or device at a time. Additionally, the person sharing their subscription will have to be the one to invite others to join their library, and they will be responsible for managing the library and removing members if necessary.
The move is seen as an attempt by Microsoft to increase the appeal of Xbox Game Pass, and to compete with other gaming subscription services like PlayStation Now and Google Stadia. It also follows a recent announcement by Microsoft that it would be increasing the price of Xbox Live Gold, its online gaming service, which caused backlash among gamers.
In summary, the new family sharing feature for Xbox Game Pass will allow subscribers to share their library of games with up to five other people. The feature is similar to family sharing options on other streaming services, and is expected to roll out in the coming weeks. While there are some restrictions on the feature, it is expected to increase the appeal of Xbox Game Pass, and help Microsoft compete with other gaming subscription services.