You know how if you want to buy a cell phone for everyone in your family, you can get discounts for being tied to one parental account? Well, Microsoft wants to put that idea to the test for Xbox Live.
On Microsoft's official Gamerscore Blog, the company announced that the "Xbox Live Gold Family Pack" will be available in November.
For around $100, gamers will get Xbox Live Gold access for themselves and up to 3 other users. The catch is that all 3 of those users must activate their Gold account from the same console. However, once that's done, users are free to access their account from any Xbox 360.
Don't expect to just mooch off of your friends, though. One account must be designated as the master parent account, and all other accounts on the Family Plan are subject to restrictions and limitations set by the "parent."
Additionally, the master account gets to track the kind of content that all the child accounts have accessed, and can prevent them from purchasing premium content like Xbox Live Arcade games.
Despite Microsoft's continued pushes to sell the Xbox 360 as a "family-friendly" console, I don't really think it has worked too well. There aren't a whole lot of big-name wholesome titles out there. Where is the 360's LittleBigPlanet?
Regardless, this is an inventive idea from Microsoft. It gives Gold access to 4 people for the price of 2 subscriptions. I think they should have packed in some sort of family-friendly game with the package, even if it's just some downloadable $10 title... something that promotes the "family" aspect of the console.