Microsoft discontinues the Xbox Live Gold Family Pack, no replacement planned

Microsoft discontinued the Xbox Live Gold Family Pack, which offered discounts to families purchasing multiple Gold memberships, according to an email from a Microsoft spokesperson.

"The Family Gold offer is no longer available for purchase," the representative wrote. "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."

When asked if Microsoft would offer a comparable plan in its absence, the representative responded that the company "will not be replacing the Family Gold program and [is] not announcing any new programs at this time."

The Xbox Live Gold Family Pack offered four 12-month Xbox Live Gold memberships for $99.99 — less than the price of two $59.99 single-user accounts. It also allowed members to distribute an "allowance" of Microsoft Points, manage family settings and view the entire family's console through Xbox.com.

The spokesperson declined to list specific reasons for the discontinuation, saying only that that "We continually evaluate our business focus and work to offer services that make the most sense for our customers and Xbox."

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