Trying to capture the casual and family gaming market, like Nintendo did so successfully with the Wii console, Microsoft on Tuesday said it will offer a new Xbox Live Gold Family Pack in November.

For $99.99 the price of two normal Xbox Live Gold year-long subscriptions families will be able to get up to four individual Gold memberships on the Xbox 360 gaming and entertainment network. The subscriptions and their billing information can be tied to a single primary account, presumably controlled by a parent, so the kids can't go buying and downloading things willy-nilly.

With a new Family Center on the Xbox 360 dashboard, Family Packs will allow parents to monitor their kids' Xbox activity and limit access to inappropriate content, Microsoft said in a news release. Family Pack members will also have access to exclusive content and discounts.

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