November 3rd 2010 4:00 pm PT

Xbox LIVE Gold Family Pack now available

 

You can now get four 12-month Gold memberships for less than the price of 2 with the Xbox LIVE Gold Family Pack which is now available*

In addition to being a great deal on Gold, Family Pack members enjoy the following exclusive benefits:

  • Family Center: an easy-to-use destination accessible on Dash and Xbox.com to manage your family’s memberships and online settings
  • Gift Microsoft Points Allowances: give an allowance of Microsoft Points to family members
  • Activity Reports: sign into Xbox.com to view reports on your family’s activity on Xbox LIVE
  • Family Pack Deal: enjoy discounts on family-friendly games and more

Swing by Xbox.com to see how Xbox LIVE Gold Family Pack compares to Free Xbox LIVE memberships and Xbox LIVE Gold memberships. You can then upgrade your existing membership via the Account Management section of Xbox.com or the Xbox 360 dashboard.

 

* In US, Canada, Mexico, UK, Germany, France, Japan, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand

Update: Xbox.com has just posted this FAQ

Xbox 360 By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • Barb130

    The Gamertag I was trying to add had an outstanding balance on it’s account due to an expired credit card. I had to call Support but it was smooth sailing after that

  • NBA Kirkland

    @CAPP3SIXTY Yes, but now what if my daughter or my wife want to play the game on our first console. They can’t. You would think that these problems would be eliminated if we were all on a family pack live subscription, but no.

  • ElektroDragon

    My friend, this is why in our house, I buy everything on the “family” console upstairs, and the other console is used for me playing solo, or when I am signed in and want to play the games with other family members locally. Your mistake is that you expecting DRM to magically start making sense. :) Not going to happen.

  • Anonymous

    @Major Nelson @litheon Still waiting for ANY word on those games promised to us 3 to 4 [u]weeks[/u] ago. Especially Cabela’s big game hunter!!!

  • Anonymous

    i dont know why that heart is there.

  • evilroot

    Seriously?!

    US, Canada, Mexico, UK, Germany, France, Japan, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand only.

    It’s 2010. What happened to global thinking?

    I guess the rest of the worlds money is too good for Microsoft. No wonder Sony and Playstation 3 still has market shares!

  • chiruno99

    Not going to mention this weeks Arcade titles? How bizzare.

  • jurrabi

    Will this expand to other countries… let’s say Spain?

  • KEVN38

    I like this plan because i have 3 kids and we all play games. I plan i signing up sometime next year i think.

  • Kinectamaniac

    For those that don’t know….Yugioh Decade Duels has been released on the Xbox LIVE Arcade!

    800 MS Points

    172 MB’s

    Many players already on LIVE!

    Trial game lets you play a single player duel.

    Fans of Magic the Gathering will LOVE this!

  • RuairiAU

    @Major:
    Not happy about this:

    Q: If I purchase an Xbox LIVE Arcade game, does it belong to everyone in the family?

    A: Purchased content such as games and movies are licensed both to the console it was purchased on, and the individual Gold member that purchased it. So if, for example, your child were to buy an Xbox LIVE Arcade game on your home console, anyone on your console can play it. Additionally, if they leave for college, they could recover their account on another Xbox 360 in their dorm room and be able to play the game when logged into their account from that Xbox 360.

    I have 3 Xbox’s around my house. I’d like all my purchases to be playable when any family member is logged into any of the consoles and singed into XBox Live.

  • RuairiAU

    @Major
    Simply put, I want to be able to play all my (existing) games with my family on any xbox. If you guys have to come up with a Platinum Family Membership, then so be it. I’ll pay extra for it.
    I want to buy Monday Night Combat or BF 1943 once or whatever, then be able to copy it to all my xbox’s so all family members can play at the same time.

  • TheDags

    Wow this is great Major. I just signed up and now me, the girlfriend and my 2 kids are all hooked up. Plus I got $85 credit from my gold account and an extra 6 moths added from my son’s account. My son is not happy about the reports but that was my main reason to sign us up.

    Great job MS. This is how you will stay in the living room.

  • Rinedog

    Get this. On the US version of the Dashboard, they are giving people who sign up for the family gold: 1000 points and an extra month (13 month membership). How come the rest of the world does not get this same offer?

  • DuraRoc

    $99 for the US, $129 for Australia – go figure. Not to mention the extras the US are getting. Not sure if MS have noticed in the bubble they live in, that the $AUD is now tradiing stronger than the $USD. Considering Aussies get less value for their Gold than what the US do – can someone explain the price difference? I bet we won’t hear one peep out of anyone on this.

  • Kinectamaniac

    It takes more effort to get Xbox LIVE “Down Under”. :)

  • Slider2nl

    And again a few countries are left out.. Of this so called new features.. Its not the first time microsoft does this.. Also when does the facebook app gets its face lift..

    BTW, prices of avatar stuff and games on demand are still way to high..
    Example: shadowrun cost 4,99 Euro in stores on dvd (original), on the marketplace it is 19,99 Euro.. Old classic games (old xbox games) are stil 1200 points.. way to old and still cheaper in stores 2.99 Euro’s.. And it’s not the only one high priced.. Also for movies.. I have seen movies beetween 1960 and 1970 still to way high priced.. Also for the 1980 and 1990, i would rent or buy one, if it was 100 points or lower.. The old black and whites are not HD, and too old to sell for 400 points or more right.. For me it likes microsoft try’s to sell there mom to ya..

  • WooDyWalKerHK

    Hope this offer will come to Hong Kong and other regions that is excluded eventually…

  • CAPP3SIXTY

    @NBA Kirkland
    .
    Actually they can. What you will need to do is sign them in with the first controller as normal, once they are on, hit the guide button on the second, third, or fourth controller and sign yourself in. As long as you are signed into the console on any of the controllers (even if you are not playing) the games will work for anyone playing on the first controller.
    .
    Hope this helps.

  • LittleBlueAlien

    Here’s a thought: Until Microsoft (at least) brings out a ‘family account’ where you pay ONE membership for the console and any profile can use gold membership – I’ll kindly ask that Microsoft shoves their ‘deal’ where the sun don’t shine.

  • THEICEMANCOMETH

    This is unbelievable. Absolutely unbelievable. Almost 24 hours later, and this STILL isn’t working. I can’t get into the signup on my console OR on the internet.

    How much is Microsoft paying their developers again? Peanuts? That’s about the level of “service” we’re getting right now.

    Internet: “Uh oh … that shouldn’t have happened. It appears you’ve found a glitch in the system.”

    Console: Status code 80190218

  • Stephan1237

    And Holland is not in this family pack.
    Microsoft : Holland, whats that?

  • Exu

    I use prepaid cards for my XBL Gold access. If I and my brother were to sign up, would I be able to use those cards still, and would they extend the balance for the both of us or just me?

  • Exu

    Also, I can’t check the FAQ. Just says “oops we’ve moved some stuff around herpy derpy derp derp” (or words to that effect).

  • PhAnToM x M1L3Y

    @Major Nelson,Why not available in Ireland? Same thing with the competition for Halo reach forge, only available in US. Why no love for the Irish Major?

  • KP ScuzzyBunny

    To help some people out…I ran into the issue of multiple error codes (on the console and internet) and found the problem was that while I had been renewing with pre-paid cards, my account still had an expired credit card tied to it. Removing that card made everything work smoothly. Where is this info about the ms points and extra month? after signing up my points balance was the same, and my expiration date was 12 months from yesterday (extended a bit when I added my family’s Gold profiles).

  • Kinectamaniac

    Um…is there gonna be a write up on this weeks arcade releases?

  • aStrangeDisease

    CAPP3SIXTY already asked,
    When do we get the Family Pack in retail stores, Major?
    Kinect is released today and my account expires in 3 weeks.

  • Wulf684

    Yay! Now my whole family can enjoy the Family Pack.

    Oh …. wait….

    Nope, not available in my country. Thanks Microsoft!

  • THEICEMANCOMETH

    @KP ScuzzyBunny – I did have that problem. Although I was on prepaid cards, the “active” card on my account had expired (I lost it and had to have it replaced). So I went in and removed that one and added the new one in, but still no luck. I’ll try again later – maybe it takes a while for those types of changes to “take” …

  • Sneltje

    Nice but will it be available within the Netherlands as well?
    It’s nice that we see all those good idea’s comming from Xbox but unfortunatly I think they are not trying that hard enough in Europe. I know we have a lot off different countries here with different law’s etc. but still Apple get there stuff here what about Microsoft?

    So I hope this family pack will be released here as well.

    What is MS statement about this?

  • Anonymous

    It has now been oficialy almost 4 weeks(1 freaking month). Where are the games that were supposed to be there? 2 to 3 weeks ago? ever since you guys updated the site my website broken link finder thingy says the site has more than 30 broken links. WHEN will the madness end!?!?!?!?[u]

  • Bob Strogg USA

    Some words of caution about adding existing Gamertags (don’t do what I did): http://chriscavanagh.wordpress.com/2010/11/05/xbox-live-family-pack-be-careful/ :)

 
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