Four Play For The Price Of Two With The Xbox Live Gold Family Plan

Microsoft gears up for the launch of family-friendly Kinect this fall with the Xbox Live Gold Family subscription plan, delivering four Xbox Live Gold memberships for the price of two, plus a host of new features and family-exclusive content.

This is why I need kids. Starting in November, Microsoft's new Xbox Live Gold Family Pack will change the way families pay for and play with Xbox Live. Instead of signing up for an account for each member of the family or relying on guest accounts, the new plan gives a household four memberships to assign for $99 a year.

Along with the standard benefits of a Live Gold membership, the family plan also introduces new features, like the ability for one account to purchase and dole out Microsoft points to the rest, activity monitoring reports available through Xbox.com, and exclusive family content and discounts. The plan will also introduce the Family Center, a one-stop destination for family and account settings, accessible from the main Xbox dashboard.

The new plan should put an end to the dreaded gamerscore sharing many siblings have to endure, while providing a fun new way to ostracize the fifth member of your household.