For those happy families who were enjoying Xbox Live Family Gold pack, the days of paying only $99 per year for an Xbox subscription are counted. That’s right, Microsoft has reportedly discontinued its family gold pack to get all the Xbox benefits (online gaming and the rights to use the Xbox apps).
Current members will be able to take advantage of the service until it expires, but for new families trying to get a subscription will have to opt to get a $59.99 subscription for each family member, which it could cost anything from $180 or $240 for a base family of 3 or 4 people (Of course, you can always shop around and maybe find a better deal).
Still a puzzled to why the software giant decided to put and end on this feature. However user Mister Ohnaka (Official Support), has confirmed that the family pack is not longer an option.
Considering that we’re only talking about Microsoft ditching the family subscription, it makes you think if Microsoft is planning other changes as well, such as changing the subscription prices for the next Xbox console, or adding or removing features from the current service — Personal note: It would be nice, if the company allowed users to use Netflix and other apps without a subscription, considering you’re already paying for those services.
Source Xbox Support Forums via Windows Observer