Microsoft's just over a month away from releasing the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, and launch day's going to be a big deal even for those who aren't upgrading from an Xbox One straight away. That same day will see Electronic Arts' EA Play subscription service added to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate at no extra charge, meaning Xbox One consoles and the new next-gen devices will be able to access a big EA catalog on top of the Game Pass lineup.
So, on November 10, Ultimate subscribers with an Xbox One or better will be able to start playing any compatible title in EA Play's regular library. First announced earlier this month, the addition of EA Play to Game Pass doesn't mean every new EA title will come to Game Pass subscribers right away—getting new EA games at launch and early access benefits are still reserved for EA Play Pro, the more expensive version of the subscription. Game Pass Ultimate will just include the smaller EA Play library.
Also, Game Pass Ultimate subscribers who play on PC will need to wait a bit longer before they can reap the benefits of this EA deal. Xbox Wire specifies that subscribers of either Game Pass Ultimate or just Game Pass for PC will get access to EA Play in December.
It could be the case that EA is just waiting until its new EA Desktop App is out and ready for the influx of new users from Game Pass on PC. The app will still serve as a storefront for EA's games on PC, but with the Game Pass deal and EA releasing its games on Steam again, it's about time to bid farewell to Origin.
The addition of EA Play puts the Game Pass library well past 100 titles, ranging from all-time greats like Titanfall 2 to Xbox's newest first-party releases like Gears Tactics and Microsoft Flight Simulator. With the PS5 coming just a couple days after the new Xboxes, Sony is also launching the PlayStation Plus Collection, a relatively small lineup of PS4 hits that Plus subscribers will be able to play on the new console. It's a start, certainly, but the Game Pass deal just keeps looking sweeter for players on a budget.