Starting this holiday, subscribers to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate or Xbox Game Pass for PC will get EA Play included as part of their membership.
Currently, EA Play (recently rebranded from EA Access/Origin Access) is a standalone subscription. Members pay £3.99 a month to access a vault of EA titles, and enjoy access to free trials of brand new games.
But from later this year, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and PC members will get EA Play bundled as part of the same subscription. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will grant access to EA Play on PC and all Xbox consoles; Xbox Game Pass for PC will grant access on PC.
This is great news for Game Pass subscribers; the program already offers excellent value for money, but it’s now even better. We are left with some questions though: Microsoft has not yet revealed what happens to people who currently already pay for both Game Pass Ultimate/PC and EA Play. Presumably, any remaining EA Play membership will be converted into Game Pass (or refunded), but that’s not yet been announced.
But with the merge not happening until ‘holiday’ (it’s likely it’ll coincide with the Xbox Series S and X launch on 10th November), there’s still time to clean up the finer details.
Basically, if you’re not yet an Xbox Game Pass member, there’s never been a better time to sign up. For £10.99 a month, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate grants you access to a huge library of games on PC and Xbox One, access to Xbox Cloud gaming, Xbox Live Gold, and now, EA Play.