Chris Forbis (MensaDad) of PlatformNation.com explores the benefits and shortcomings of the new Xbox Live Gold Family Pack and the associated Family management features.
I'm sure MS is working on solutions for an even better streamlined experience. And it seems this person's concerns are geniuine, seeing as though he gave a detailed list of suggestions.
The should just charge XBL Gold to the master account and allow anyone else playing on the Xbox to have free online. I know some games have a guest play but thiey should allow achievements and leaderboard stats to work as well. If the intent is to get the whole family online, then you really shouldnt make grandma have to pay to play.
XBL is a service and has been since day 1, it's no different than any other paid service. If you have Sprint as a cell phone company, should they let everyone in your family - including your grandma - have free service because 1 family member pays? If you had an Xbox you would know achievements unlock with or without XBL Gold. The only time they don't is if you download the trail version of an arcade game, something PSN really needs for every game, not just a small selection.
"If you have Sprint as a cell phone company, should they let everyone in your family - including your grandma - have free service because 1 family member pays" There are family plan services built to 1 bill..... You should have said regular phone instead of cell phone.
@Radphil - This is true, be they also charge a fee for each additional phone added to your account and that includes grandmas phone. Nice try.
@oohWii You do realize that it still pertains to the topic at hand, and the point I made still stands. There's no "nice try" stuff going on. If you want to instigate, do it else where.
You should just get a PS3. Much easier for managing accounts. I just switched to it from an Xbox 360, and would never go back!!!.
I switched to family gold, as my son and I both had gold accounts. I also added in my sisters son. So we are saving a fair bit. I don't have the same profile issue as we keep our profiles and game saves on 8gb usb sticks. I do think that if I down load a game or dlc anyone I'm my family should be able to use it on any console without me being logged in. But its no big issue.
I've always wanted multiple Xboxes to share content over the local network. I can get to gamesaves on a box across the house. Why not?
Those are some pretty good things you listed.
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