Microsoft axes Xbox Live Gold Family pack, doesn't love your offspring


If your family currently uses Microsoft’s Xbox Live Gold Family pack, your online gaming is about to get a lot more expensive, as that plan has reportedly been killed. You read that correctly: Microsoft hates you and your family and now wants you to pay somewhere between $160-$240 for the same features (depending on sales) that previously cost just $100 a year.

It’s not quite clear why Microsoft has pulled the plug on this feature, but Microsoft support forums user Mister Ohnaka, who has the title of "Official Support," has indicated that the family pack is dead.  This move will likely peeve off quite a few people, as the $100 family pack was a great value for those with multiple gamers in the household – but alas, Microsoft’s money saving offer is now gone.

While we don’t see this driving users away from the Xbox platform in bulk, it could weigh into the purchase of a next-generation console for some households. If Sony offers free or significantly reduced pricing on online gaming for the PlayStation 4, those with several gamers in the home could look to the platform as a way to save money in the long run.

While the only news here is that Microsoft axed the family bundle, it does make you wonder if Microsoft is considering upping the fees for Xbox Live when the next-generation console arrives. Microsoft currently has the best-in-class online gaming experience, but it also charges the highest premium for the service. If Microsoft does introduce more features, it wouldn’t be unheard of for them to try and squeeze a few more pennies out of your wallet.

Source: Xbox Support Forums via Windows Observer

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Family Pack needed improvement not axing!! I have 5 Xboxes. 4 of them have Gold accounts associated with 4 family members. Now the problems:
- Only 1 person can be a "Parent" that has the ability to purchase via credit card.
- Why can't XB Live keep all family profiles active on associated family XBoxes? I have to recover gamer tag when I walk upstairs.
- For that matter, why can't XB Live keep profiles active on any Xbox on a local LAN (192.168.x.x, 10,10,x.x)
- If a family member buys a Gold account outside the Family Pack, it's difficult to get them in the Family.

While we don't see this driving users away from the Xbox platform in bulk, it could weigh into the purchase of a next-generation console for some households. If Sony offers free or significantly reduced pricing on online gaming for the PlayStation 4, those with several gamers in the home could look to the platform as a way to save money in the long run.

why are you asking what might happen in the future when this is already how it is?the ps3 already offers free online gaming,yet the xbox360 is kicking its ass pretty bad. Microsoft is also making billions from xbox live.

There is a possibility that on the PS4 Sony might do PSN+ as a requirement. Having it as an option is just to test the waters but they have gotten a positive reception on it.

vcfan said,
the ps3 already offers free online gaming,yet the xbox360 is kicking its ass pretty bad. Microsoft is also making billions from xbox live.

Has the Xbox division made enough profit to cover the loses from the $1.1 billion in recalls and the fact they sold consoles at a real loss? (Other companies say they sell consoles at a loss at the beginning, but they still have positive profit margins on the consoles, just not enough to recoup R&D for the new console, MS actually sold the Xbox 360 with a negative profit margin. As a loss-leader.)

Rosyna said,

Has the Xbox division made enough profit to cover the loses from the $1.1 billion in recalls and the fact they sold consoles at a real loss? (Other companies say they sell consoles at a loss at the beginning, but they still have positive profit margins on the consoles, just not enough to recoup R&D for the new console, MS actually sold the Xbox 360 with a negative profit margin. As a loss-leader.)


hello? have you been under a rock? xbox is now in the black and Microsoft made up from the losses from even back to the first xbox.

vcfan said,

hello? have you been under a rock? xbox is now in the black and Microsoft made up from the losses from even back to the first xbox.

Since when? Citation needed on in the blackā€¦ Note that reporting black numbers in one quarter does not mean the Xbox 360 has recouped its losses. the total amount of black numbers must be higher than the total number of red numbers...

In Italy it never existed, that's why I've never subscribed gold!!
If you American really wanna complain about it, the only way is to not renew subscription until MS will listen.

I don't use gold either. It's a bit frustrating that many xbox features are blocked just because this gold subscription exists. basically to justify it's price it takes away many things that normally should be free.

x.iso said,
I don't use gold either. It's a bit frustrating that many xbox features are blocked just because this gold subscription exists. basically to justify it's price it takes away many things that normally should be free.

I used to. But I realised that it wasn't worthy. And there is no way I will pay MSFT just to use IE, Netflix and other stuff in the Xbox.

pretty much what i do.
i've never bought the cards directly from microsofy....always wait for those $30-35 deals and grab like 3 of em.

farmeunit said,
I would LIKE to agree, but sadly, most people are sheep and will pay the fee.

Exactly. There is always the offerings by the competition.

Torolol said,
and no class action possible, please re-read the EULA.

??? No clue who this is directed to or what it is based on.

Torolol said,
and no class action possible, please re-read the EULA.

Class action suit for what, discontinuing a product? Do you think you have a right to demand Microsoft sell a certain package, for the rest of eternity?

Pretty much. Microsoft used to loose boat loads of cash from Xbox whilst they were trying to infiltrate the market, now that they are in they can start trying to make real profits but via indirect means like Xbox LIVE.