It’s been rumoured for a while, but now Microsoft has officially launched an Xbox and PC Game Pass family plan as an Xbox Insider benefit for users in Colombia and Ireland. If you’re in either of the two regions, you can sign up for the program, which allows up to five accounts including the owner to be registered on a single subscription – all with their own access to the full range of Game Pass Ultimate games and benefits.
Only the initiating account needs to be an Xbox Insider, but the other accounts you add to your subscription must also reside in the same country as the primary account owner. Joining the program will convert your current subscription time over to the new plan, although your time will be adjusted “based upon the monetary value of the old membership.”
There are a few small issues detailed in the post announcing the trial which players may run into. Members who already have an existing Game Pass subscription may be unable to accept an invite, although Microsoft says it is “working on enabling these members to cancel immediately to accept the invitation.” Players also cannot upgrade their account twice in a 24 hour period – so if you need to first upgrade from Xbox Live Gold to Game Pass Ultimate, you’ll have to wait for 24 hours before upgrading to the Game Pass Insider Preview that enables family sharing.