Microsoft Discontinues Family Gold Membership Pack

Microsoft Discontinues Family Gold Membership Pack

Family Center support still exists for current subscribers

Written by Keith Gray (kbgray27) on 09 March 13 at 00:35 | Credit to Spilner

A representative for Microsoft has exclusively confirmed to Joystiq today that the Family Gold Membership Pack for Xbox LIVE is no longer available to purchase. The special membership bundle had been created in November 2010 to allow families to buy four annual Xbox LIVE Gold subscriptions in a single transaction, for a reduced overall cost of $99.99.

Microsoft's spokesperson gave the following explanation on the company's latest business decision:
The Family Gold offer is no longer available for purchase... The Family Center experience with settings management, allowance granting, child activity reports and family subscriptions management are still available for current Family Gold members at this time... We continually evaluate our business focus and work to offer services that make the most sense for our customers and XboxAs yet, Microsoft has not given any details about what the future holds for the "settings management, allowance granting, child activity reports and family subscriptions management" options that were linked to this method of subscription and the Family Center. However, the wording of Microsoft's statement suggests that those safety features will also gradually cease to exist.
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Posted on 09 March 13 at 00:39
probably wasn't lucrative enough. I wouldnt be surprised if they change their entire subscription based system to work in line with the new console being launched. Either way, I don't pay more than 35.00 per year for xbl via online sales and stuff. That is about all it's worth to me.
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Posted on 09 March 13 at 00:40
Great. Just take away/neglect another service I use. PS4 is looking better and better everyday.
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4 xboxs in one house wow
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Posted on 09 March 13 at 00:41
Weve used this since it started , we have 4 xboxs in the house , microsoft are dumping it to make more money i think ..was a good way for all our family to play live , maybe we saved money , but we wont all be renewing live , so they will loose money from us ..
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Posted on 09 March 13 at 00:42
It was a decent idea, but too many restrictions on use.
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Hopefully this is the first step to making Xbox LIVE free and abolishing the Gold.
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Posted on 09 March 13 at 00:47
The family plan wasn't very good for an actual family anyway. You had one account that could do everything...My house there is myself, my wife, and two kids...My wife would have to be treated like a child, and could not purchase anything with a credit card, as the account thinks there is one adult, and 3 children.

The $1 a month gold is still the best deal anyway.
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Posted on 09 March 13 at 00:47
They discontinued the Family Gold exclusive sales over a year ago.
Sucks for me. Guess i'll be bargain shopping for my next years subscription and running my extra accounts with freebie cards.
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Cobryza said:Hopefully this is the first step to making Xbox LIVE free and abolishing the Gold.yeah and at the same time the end of online passes!!!!!


fat chance
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Posted on 09 March 13 at 00:48
Blame Halo 2 PC!!!
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Great, so I go from $100 annually for Live to $240 annually. Guess there will be no more 4 box boosting for me. Microsoft and EA continue to destroy this hobby daily, and my interest level declines exponentially
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XPhilesinIA said:Cobryza said:Hopefully this is the first step to making Xbox LIVE free and abolishing the Gold.yeah and at the same time the end of online passes!!!!!


fat chance
Well when you consider other rival platforms offer the same services for free, it's like we're paying for the sake of paying. PS4 is going to have cross game chat aka chat parties for free. Reason PS3 couldn't was because it lacked sufficient RAM.
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Posted on 09 March 13 at 00:57
Must of been to good of a deal...
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Makes sense. Why have a gold account for 4 people in one household for one console, when you only get one online pass in a game.
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Devonian AUS said:Great. Just take away/neglect another service I use. PS4 is looking better and better everyday.Bye
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Posted on 09 March 13 at 01:03
I was considering getting one for boosting when my personal membership expired. Guess they made the decision for me :) Win.
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Posted on 09 March 13 at 01:05
Cobryza said:Hopefully this is the first step to making Xbox LIVE free and abolishing the Gold.Yeah, cause that's really what we need. More fucking kids playing xbox live, being complete buffoons. And you know that'll happen because the people that aren't serious about it enough to pay will come around now.

Imagine how much more challenging it will be to boost games if xbox live was free!!
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Posted on 09 March 13 at 01:06, Edited on 09 March 13 at 01:09 by Sic6Six
Damn shame, I was going to purchase this on March 20th when my existing membership expired. MS needs to get there stuff together. 99.99 was cheaper than 180 for 3 memberships. Only thing holding me back was you had to have a credit card on file.
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Posted on 09 March 13 at 01:11
Very disappointing... This is going to force me to double how much I pay for Gold...