A potential brand leak for Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox Game Pass family membership suggests you’ll also be able to share a membership with friends. Microsoft began testing its Xbox Game Pass family plan in Ireland and Colombia earlier this month, and now Twitter leaker Aggiornamenti Lumia has spotted the “Game Pass Friends & Family” branding.
The leak could mean that Microsoft isn’t thinking about restricting Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers to sharing their benefits only with immediate family members. The current preview lets Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers pay €21.99 per month in Ireland (instead of the usual €12.99 per month) for an unnamed trial plan that includes subscription benefit sharing with up to four other people. Microsoft does not currently mention a family restriction in its test plan, only that people must be in the same country.
Microsoft currently offers Xbox Game Pass or PC Game Pass for $9.99 per month. Neither includes online multiplayer capabilities, but you can upgrade to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for $14.99, which unlocks Game Pass for console, PC, EA Play access, and online multiplayer.
This new family plan, which will now likely be branded Xbox Game Pass Friends & Family, will include all of the same Xbox Game Pass Ultimate benefits for up to four additional friends or family members. This includes access to Xbox Cloud Gaming, Xbox Live, and even PC Game Pass versions of games.
We have reached out to Microsoft to comment on the trademark leak and will update you accordingly.