New roll-out for families introduces live sports... and a chance to "kinect".

A new package for the new and improved Xbox 360 is full of family values. The new Xbox 360 Live Gold Family Plan is just $99 (USD), the price of two regular gold subscriptions.  The family plan provides a one-year subscription for up to four people and gives the brood a new way to bond and “Kinect”.

The four accounts can be split across consoles.  The first three accounts have to be added to the same console as the primary account holder. Then they must be activated through the Family Pack before using the accounts on different consoles.

In addition to the standard collection of games and movies for the Xbox 360, November promises an addition of live sports featuring ESPN

A feature called Family Center allows member access to exclusive family content, special discounts, family settings and account management.  Here parents can monitor activity reports, control purchases and give away Microsoft Points as they see fit.  The Family Center can be used through the dashboard or on

Another prominent feature is the Family Programming option.  This option removes all mature games, movies, and content from the dashboard. 

Family Programming also provides intelligent default settings for children, teens and adults.  Family Settings is a feature that utilizes a family timer, allowing parents to control the amount of time that children can play. There is also a title exception feature that allows parents to select which games they want their children to have access to.  

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