Today's the big day. After a series of leaks preceded the official reveal of the Xbox Series S alongside its price and release date, this morning Microsoft went ahead and confirmed the same details for the Series X. On top of that, Microsoft has revealed something that didn't leak early, a deal that will benefit Game Pass Ultimate subscribers new and old: EA Play membership is being added to the service this holiday.
EA Play is the new name for EA's game subscription service, formerly known as EA Access on consoles and Origin Access on PC—the two were merged together under one name last month. Like Game Pass, EA Play grants access to a library of dozens of games. Basic Play membership also grants limited early access to select EA titles and 10% off on digital purchases of EA games.
Xbox Wire only specifies the inclusion of EA Play membership, not EA Play Pro (formerly Origin Access Premier), which grants additional benefits and access to new EA titles on PC as they're released. Still, combining the libraries of Game Pass and EA Play will grant Game Pass Ultimate subscribers access to over 150 games on Xbox alone. As an added benefit, some of the EA Play catalogue will also be available for streaming over xCloud, which is launching this month on Android for all Game Pass Ultimate subscribers.
The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, launching on November 10, will also be available through Xbox All Access. First introduced for the One X and One S in 2018, Xbox All Access is a 24-month console financing program that includes Game Pass Ultimate. Initially available only through Microsoft's retail stores, the program was broadened in 2019 and will expand to more countries and U.S. retailers like GameStop and Target later this year.
All Access having Game Pass Ultimate means it will also include EA Play. Long story short, anyone who goes the All Access route for a next-gen console will not only get all the privileges of Microsoft's ecosystem spread across Xbox, PC, and xCloud streaming, but will do so with an added selection of EA games to play.
Through All Access, the Xbox Series S will cost $24.99 per month while the Series X will cost $34.99 per month, both prices being just a few dollars more expensive than the respective All Access plans launched for the One S and One X. That's a strong offer for anyone who's just starting out with a Series S or Series X, but again, the addition of EA Play at no extra cost also makes Game Pass Ultimate sweetens the deal for current subscribers too.