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Xbox Live Gold Family Subscriptions Converting To Individual Accounts

by Kyle Hilliard on Aug 11, 2013 at 07:03 AM

At the end of the month, any Xbox Live accounts under a Gold Family Pack umbrella will convert to individual Gold account in preparation for for the changes coming to Xbox Live with the Xbox One.

Family Gold Pack users will convert on August 27, and will receive a bonus three months of time added to their account. This change means that family pack features, like the ability to share Microsoft Points and monitor play time will disappear.

Microsoft recently revealed that Xbox One users will be able to dictate a single console as the home console, and all accounts registered on that console will have access to all the digital games downloaded on that Xbox One. In this way, the family account lives on in a new way. All Xbox One users in a household will be able to access content

[Source: Xbox]


Our Take
I am somewhat disappointed by this change because my wife, my sister, and myself take advantage of the Family Plan. My sister lives in a different state, though, and this new change means we will lose the discount associated with gathering accounts. Also, with the uneven amounts of Microsoft Points that result from buying oddly priced items, it was helpful to share Microsoft points between accounts. It was nice to be able to give a few points to my wife for example, rather than spend $10 to buy a $6 game. The new changes have their own benefits, though, so I can't complain too much.