Microsoft revealed today that they'll be offering a family plan for Xbox Live Gold subscribers starting in November. The Xbox Live Gold Family plan comes with numerous parental controls in addition to a reduced rate.
The Family Pack gives you four Gold memberships for $99.99/year, which is how much you'd normally have to pay for just two subscriptions. Other discounts and exclusive content will be offered to Family Pack subscribers as well. The primary account holder, who will receive all bills, has the power to purchase Microsoft Points and distribute them to the other users. They'll also be able to monitor their family's Xbox 360 usage by checking activity reports on Xbox.com
Microsoft also plans to roll out new Family settings this fall. The following features will be available to all Xbox Live members:
- Family Programming that removes all mature games, movies, and content from the dashboard, based on ESRB, Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) ratings and the TV Parental Guidelines system . Family Programming is password protected, and easy to turn on and off for each member. (Compatible with international ratings systems.)
- Title exceptions – the ability to allow your family members to play specific games above the console’s designated ESRB rating if you deem appropriate. (Compatible with international ratings systems.)
- Intelligent default settings for child, teen, and adult profiles. Xbox will automatically assign default privacy and activity settings for each member that can later be individually customized.
- Family Settings are displayed prominently in the MyXbox channel. Current tools include the Family Timer, which allows you to control the amount of time - either daily or weekly - your children may use the console.