The Primary account will be able to regulate game time and set parental controls - what content the other accounts are able to access and what games they are able to play. Because the Family Pack unifies billing to one Primary account an allowance of spendable Microsoft Points can be distributed to the other members. This doesn't mean that the other members won't be able to acquire their own Microsoft Points though, they aren't dependent on the Primary account holder to buy Microsoft Points on their behalf.
Math! One account for a year of Gold = $59.99. Two accounts for a year of Gold = $119.98. One family pack (which includes up to 4 gold accounts) for a year = $99.99. That's a savings of about twenty American dollars for just two accounts - great if you've got a significant other, a little brother or sister, a close personal friend or what have you. If you can get three people who want to get Gold accounts along with you than you can basically boil it down to buying one full price Gold account and buying a second Gold account for twenty bucks off and getting two additional Gold accounts ($120.00 value) for free.
There has never been a better time for a family to get a Gold account than right now. Do you already have a Gold account? Do you and a few members of your family already have Gold accounts? This a good time for you as well.
To Recover a Gamertag through the 360's Dashboard you'll need to sign out of the Xbox Live service if you're already signed in (press the glowey Guide button on the controller to bring up the Guide menu and press X to sign out) and select Recover Gamertag from the Guide menu. You'll need to enter the Windows Live ID (opens in new tab) and password associated with the Gamertag that you are recovering. Once each account is added to the Family Pack they can then be moved or Recovered back to any console and will work exactly as they did before without any difference - unless they go international. All the members associated with a Family Pack must reside within the same country. Hey, I don't know, Microsoft's rules not mine.
In addition to the immense savings on 4 Xbox Live Gold accounts and unified billing, parental settings and monitoring tools, Family Pack subscribers will also receive discounts on family friendly games akin to the Deal of the Week that all regular Xbox Live Gold subscribers get.
How will this affect WP7 users? Well, we're all going to be gaming through Xbox Live (opens in new tab) on our WP7 devices now aren't we? We're all quite accustomed to mobile phone service providers offering Family Plans and now, for the first time, a gaming service with substantial integrated entertainment features like Netflix and ESPN also has a Family plan.
After raising the cost of the Xbox Live service, releasing Kinect last Monday, and launching WP7 here in the US next Monday it looks like Microsoft is making it a little (financially) easier to embrace the Xbox Live Gold service for newcomers and veterans alike.
Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.
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OK, so if you have a family gold live subscription, you can use it on multiple xbox 360 systems and each family member can play together at the same time using kinect with live chat, providing you are in the same country? Can you do this if 3 or 4 people are on the same family account?
The reason I ask, my son lives in one city in Florida, I live in another city n Florida, my grandson is moving to another state, all within the US. If my son pays for a family account (and of course I would share the cost with him), could he set up the accounts on his xbox 360, and my grandson could transfer his account to his xbox 360, and I could purchase my own xbox 360 system, and my son could add an account for me and i could transfer it to my xbox 360. We could keep in touch with live chat and also play games together? Is that correct? I haven't found an answer to this question anywhere.
It seems to me, if we were all willing to buy our own systems for nerly $300 and willing to pay nearly $100 for a years subscription for the family gold, we should be able to do this.
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