Xbox Live Gold Family Pack subscribers to get individual accounts

Microsoft to begin transitioning Xbox Live Gold Family Pack accounts into individual Xbox Live Gold accounts from August 27.

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Microsoft will begin changing Xbox Live Gold Family Pack accounts into individual Xbox Live Gold accounts from the end of August, the company has said.

Xbox Live Gold Family Pack accounts will begin transitioning from August 27. Microsoft introduced the Xbox Live Gold Family Pack in November 2010, allowing one primary account holder to share Xbox Live Gold features with up to three family members.

Each individual Gold account will have the remaining subscription time on the former Family Pack account, alongside three extra months.

After transitioning into individual Gold accounts, activity monitoring features will no longer be available. These allowed parents to keep track of what their children were playing, but Microsoft says its parental control settings will still be available.

Microsoft will also be removing the ability for the parent account to allocate Microsoft points to other accounts. Microsoft points themselves will also be phased out alongside the next Xbox dashboard update.

The option to purchase Xbox Live Gold Family Pack subscriptions was removed earlier in the year, meaning the imminent conversion will apply only to existing accounts.

The company also recently reintroduced the ability to share games with family and friends to the Xbox One, which launches later in the year.

For more information on the switch, check out Microsoft's official FAQ on the matter.

Discussion

166 comments
freekkc
freekkc

my family has 3 xbox 360s and 3 tvs in our living room (SYSTEM LINK)and have been on the GOLD FAMILY PLAN for a long time

me , my wife , and my son all game together every day we have hundreds of games our gaming habit is very expensive but we enjoy it

to save money a couple of years ago i heard about gold family plan 4 accounts for 99 bucks of course i bought it

it made our gaming a little more affordable plus with the extra account we could keep that account on a flash drive and use that account for arcade games

a few months ago i was told gold family plan would be canceled out and they would no longer offer it but as long as i didn't let it expire than i would be grandfathered in

and i could always have a family plan just pay it early so you dont lose it and never let it expire

today i found out about no matter what our family plan would be converted to individual accounts weather i liked it or not at the end of august 2013

after a long argument with customer service i found out this is true

SO YOU ARE PUNISHING HOUSEHOLDS WITH MULTIPLE CONSOLES HOUSEHOLDS THAT BOUGHT MORE THAN ONE CONSOLE PER HOUSEHOLD ??

BECAUSE THE MAJORITY OF HOUSEHOLDS THAT HAD GOLD FAMILY PLAN HAD SYSTEM LINKS MULTIPLE CONSOLES IN THEIR HOUSEHOLDS

-- SO SELLING SYSTEM LINKS MULTIPLE CONSOLES FOR ONE HOUSEHOLD ISN'T MICROSOFTS GOAL WTF REALLY??

i am very confused and angry about this and the next gen microsoft WILL NOT GET MY BUSINESS

yeah i know they don't care about my one household but the majority of households that had gold family plan had system links this i know because it was only beneficial to households like mine also the only people that lose out on family plan are the households like mine that had system links or multiple consoles

SO BASICALLY MICROSOFT WANTS TO PUNISH ITS MOST LOYAL CUSTOMERS FAMILIES THAT BOUGHT MANY CONSOLES FOR THEIR HOUSEHOLD

FAMILIES THAT MICROSOFT MADE HUGE PROFITS OFF OF BECAUSE MULTIPLE CONSOLES WERE SOLD TO JUST ONE FAMILY OR HOUSEHOLD

THAT'S FINE BECAUSE IM DONE MICROSOFT TODAY WAS THE FINAL BUTTON YOU WILL NEVER GET ANOTHER DIME FROM ME OR MY FAMILY AND EVERYONE IN THE SOUND OF MY VOICE WILL HEAR HOW A ONCE HAPPY CUSTOMER  BECAME THIS ANGRY

LOOKS LIKE MY FAMILY IS BUYING 3 PLAYSTATION FOURS          

thisBlueDude
thisBlueDude

What if me and my dad have our own seperate xbox's registered under our own Gamertags in the same house? Can we simultaniously play online with a single Gold membership?

Jonathon Hughes
Jonathon Hughes

Because Microsoft make "technical errors all the time and take money from ppls accounts by "mistake" Iv had it happen to friends afew times and they had to contact Microsoft to get their own money back as Microsoft didnt notice there was even a mistake before they did hmmm I would say thats Stealing money TBH

Justforvisit
Justforvisit

Microsoft, how cruel are you? Splitting up families like that...don't you have a hear....oh wait, I forgot it's M$ we're talking about....

Mathew Witte
Mathew Witte

Sony fanboys are the Special Education students of gaming...

Mathew Witte
Mathew Witte

PS4 copied cross game chat if we really want to name pathetic things.

Mathew Witte
Mathew Witte

Sony fanboys are the Special Education students of gaming...

cjoe007
cjoe007

Here's my deal. I have 3 XBOX 360s and a family gold so my 2 sons and I can play Call of Duty together. I already have to spend 180.00 plus tax for 3 copies of the game every year. not to mention the cost of 3 systems and TVs. I was very happy a few years ago when they introduced the family pack, 100 bucks for 3 accounts was a lot easier than $150.00

Now I am looking at 180.00 for 3 individual Golds every year. I am already pulling my hair out trying to justify 1500.00 for 3 new XBOXs that won't even play our old 360 games. I love XBOX and have been with them ever since switching from playstation one.

If ever there was a time to switch to Sony it is now. I will save 30.00 a year on online gaming with Paystation Plus and I will save 300.00 when upgrading to the new Playstation 4.

There is really nothing keeping me. My 360 games (hardcopy or downloaded) won't transfer and my Family gold is gone.

I may be switching over 

xxxxTRISTAMxxxx
xxxxTRISTAMxxxx

MS is costing gamers more for less and if you don't have Gold Account your Xbox One is unless.  XBL is going down hill.  I am glad that I moving for to the PSN.  Just sad the MS wants to bleed gamers of their cash.

LeviHarris
LeviHarris

Does anyone know what happens to the existing MS Points we currently have? Are they translated to real-world currency or are they dumped? Supposedly there was an email sent out to folks explaining what happens, but I have yet to receive one. 

Max Lichtenberger
Max Lichtenberger

I pay for CrunchyRoll and Netflix streaming but tell me why I need to pay for XBOX Live to use my already paid services through my paid internet connection. PS3 lets me use my services for free. My Xbox360 is not very useful since it has hardly any really awesome games exclusive to the system (in my opinion) and I can't even use it as a streaming device because they want to make me pay for it monthly! Screw you Microsoft. Not getting my money.

hadlee73
hadlee73

Sorry, what? I almost fell asleep halfway through reading this. :P

EsteemSVX
EsteemSVX

I hope they figure out something for the 360.  My Dad, my sister, and my kid all play on separate consoles in separate households... 4 pack made it much easier to all play online games and share Netflix. This just seems like a way for MS to save revenue. :(

xukxj0nny
xukxj0nny

(Begin Sarcasm)

OH NO They're not catering to ME and MY needs! I hate them and anyone one who likes Xbox is an idiot because I don't like what they did. Now I have to buy batteries, XBL Subscriptions, and have to connect to the internet. BooWho!  PS4 is the greatest and anyone who disagrees is stupid and I'm gona call them names.

Next we could complain about having to be always connected to check email and surf the web. That's totally LAME

(End Sarcasm)

Kevin Taha
Kevin Taha

You are truly the hero the internet deserve, but not the one it needs.

Kevin Taha
Kevin Taha

That was Before the DRM reversal. They can't really do that now that DRM is gone, but Microsoft is trying to figure out a way around that. Nice thing about this system is that you can share your games library and gold subscription with up to 10 friends or family, so I hope they do something to bring that back.

navarz
navarz

  • Starting August 27, 2013, we will be converting each activated account on your Gold Family Pack to an individual Xbox Live Gold membership to prepare for new upcoming features on Xbox Live Gold. Rest assured, each individual membership will work on both Xbox 360 and Xbox One. 

COPMAN221ISBACK
COPMAN221ISBACK

More smoke and mirror from Microscam. So what happens if I have two systems in my home?? I want to be able to have all my games playable on both systems like Sony allows with the PS3. When you follow that model let me know. Until them go F*** yourself!!

Erin Grady Brown
Erin Grady Brown

I want to know what it means for people who have an Xbox 360... I don't care about XBox One until I have one in my hands, which may or may not happen.

rushiosan
rushiosan

"-Look son, they're eating our money. Duck, quickly!"

Tony Nox
Tony Nox

i dont even get why he calling an idiot like you said you only one who play on the console and no one else.

Anthony Pungitore
Anthony Pungitore

ill be renewing mine next year but i will be doing it myself instead of them renewing it automatically like usual cos for some reason this year they took out 130 bucks to renew my gold and i am baffled as to why microsoft would do this

Anthony Pungitore
Anthony Pungitore

if you're not an Xbox fan and you love sony dont bother posting a comment, its a simple philosophy

Matt Whitehurst
Matt Whitehurst

That doesn't help people with more than one console in the house.

Четверть жизни
Четверть жизни

Heh, one less idiot, right, stay with Xbox and I think you'll find that you're the one who's the idiot.

dbene
dbene

@notrub_46 

It's just a little amiguous. I'm still trying to figure out if they are saying I can share my digital games with people in home on OTHER consoles (example son's room xbox) or simply saying that I can share the game with them on MY console...meaning they can play with online features with their own username but only on my console.

dbene
dbene

@notrub_46 

Sounds awesome. All these dummies are reading the above article and not even realizing that sharing and family features are going to be free now with the price of ONE gold account.

Question....on the digital sharing.....can't tell from the article if more than one user can play the game at the same time...do you know?

The way I understand this ...is that if I by Minecraft for the Xbox ONE...my two sons will be able to play the game on LIve with me without them every buying the game or having a seperate Xbox Live account. I certainly hope this is true.

valknight
valknight

@cjoe007 No you can simply share your xbox live features with 3 other consoles in a house dude.. 

"Xbox Live Gold Family Pack accounts will begin transitioning from August 27. Microsoft introduced the Xbox Live Gold Family Pack in November 2010, allowing one primary account holder to share Xbox Live Gold features with up to three family members."

xxxxTRISTAMxxxx
xxxxTRISTAMxxxx

@cjoe007 

This is one of the biggest issues I have with MS.  I am glad that someone is understanding this many of my friends on XBL just want to stay and be happy with the service due to they are to lazy to change.  I personally want save my money as much as possible.  So good for you.

dbene
dbene

@Max Lichtenberger 


I disagree because i love Forza and Gears of War. And also achievements. No one cares about Sony trophies.

xxxxTRISTAMxxxx
xxxxTRISTAMxxxx

@Max Lichtenberger 

I feel your pain.  I had RROD on my xbox 360 ... so I decided to wait until December get a PS4 instead.  Tired of MS 180 and costing gamers money for less services.

paulsifer42
paulsifer42

@Irvin Salazar This feature?  You mean, PS3 had family plans and are now also deciding to make them all individual plans?  Read the article again (I really hope they've fixed the facebookers-can't-see-our-responses problem).

valknight
valknight

@EsteemSVXXbox Live Gold Family Pack accounts will begin transitioning from August 27. Microsoft introduced the Xbox Live Gold Family Pack in November 2010, allowing one primary account holder to share Xbox Live Gold features with up to three family members.

They will pretty much give each gold user 3 profiles. 

navarz
navarz

@xukxj0nny You mean I have to check in to get my emails? What kind of scam is this?

 I'm going to stick with the company that makes money MS.$19.90 billion for the quarter ended June 30, 2013

 Not 

Sony Loses $312m In Last Quarter On Weak Gaming And Mobile Sales

Dogeatr00
Dogeatr00

@Anthony Pungitore Did you call them? I had an error and they refunded in 15 mins....

Dogeatr00
Dogeatr00

@Matt Whitehurst Yes it does.

Dogeatr00
Dogeatr00

@Четверть жизни HAHAHAHAHA... Wii U all the way, troll!

Dogeatr00
Dogeatr00

@xxxxTRISTAMxxxx @cjoe007 Hey trolls, glad you neglected to see that XBoNE will reintroduce family gaming, so everyone in the household can enjoy Live Gold benefits while only paying for one account, which saves money. PEACE

COPMAN221ISBACK
COPMAN221ISBACK

@navarz @COPMAN221ISBACK um dumb ass sorry to burst your bubble but you cannot have both systems on at the same time and play games on the same account. Perhaps you need to read a little more if you know how to IDIOT!! The PS3 allows you to do this and you DO NOT have to be logged in to your account. Reading comprehension 101 for dumb ass xbots.

navarz
navarz

@COPMAN221ISBACK @navarz

At Home with Xbox 360 and Xbox One
If you are an Xbox Live Gold member today, you are already set for Xbox One. Your Xbox Live Gold membership for Xbox 360 will seamlessly become an Xbox Live Gold account on your Xbox One and you will be able to enjoy Xbox Live Gold features on either console. You can even be logged in to Xbox 360 and Xbox One at the same time. Home Gold benefits are exclusively for Xbox One.

Who's the DUMB ASS? Just what I thought.

2nd last sentence in case you need a little help.