EA Play coming to Xbox Game Pass this holiday

By Heidi Nicholas,
Today is a big day for Xbox news. We've got the long-awaited Xbox Series X launch date and price, and can start preparing for the next-gen console to arrive on November 10th. However, the Xbox team has also dropped another massive announcement: Xbox has teamed up with EA, meaning from Holiday 2020, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Xbox Game Pass for PC members will get EA Play memberships for no additional cost.

The Xbox team has broken this announcement down into more detail over on a new Xbox Wire post. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members will have EA Play on Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S, and Windows 10 PCs, while Xbox Game Pass for PC members will have it on Windows 10.

"When we created Xbox Game Pass, we did so with the vision of bringing you more great games to discover and play with your friends," says Microsoft's Sarah Bond. "Over the last three years, we’ve delivered on that vision by bringing more content to our 10 million members, and we’ve expanded the service to reach people wherever they play, across devices. At E3 in 2019, we introduced Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Game Pass for PC – and last month, we shared that Ultimate members can play more than 100 games from the cloud on their Android phone or tablet beginning September 15. Today, we’re excited to announce the next step in this journey. We are teaming up with Electronic Arts to provide Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and PC members with an EA Play membership at no additional cost starting this holiday."

With EA Play (which used to be called EA Access and Origin Access), you'll get over 60 EA games including Fifa 20, Need for Speed Heat, and games from franchises like The Sims, as well as in-game rewards, discounts, and the chance to try some games before release. "Not only will EA Play titles be available on console and PC, this holiday, some of the best EA Play games will also be available for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members to play on Android devices via the cloud at no additional charge," adds Bond.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Xbox Game Pass for PC members can start accessing an EA Play membership this holiday. Don't forget: you can currently get a month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate or Xbox Game Pass PC for just $1/£1.

Ultimate 1 Month
Ultimate 1 Month

Xbox Live Gold and over 100 high-quality games for one low monthly price (subscription continues automatically). Play together with friends and discover your next favorite game. Terms apply. See description below. Joining Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will upgrade your remaining Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass for Console or Xbox Game Pass for PC time into Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for the same amount of time, up to 36 months. All conversions are final. See xbox.com/gamepass for details. Cancel anytime to stop future charges.

PC 1 Month
PC 1 Month

Unlimited access to over 100 high-quality PC games for an introductory price. (Subscription continues automatically at regular price.) With a huge variety of games from every genre, there’s something for everyone – and enjoy exclusive member deals and discounts. With games added all the time, you’ll always have something new to play. Terms apply. See description below.

Heidi Nicholas
Written by Heidi Nicholas
Hey, I'm Heidi! I've just finished studying a Masters in English Literature, but I've been obsessed with gaming since long before then. I began on the PS2 with Spyro, before graduating to the Xbox 360 and disappearing into Skyrim. I'm now a loyal RPG fan, but I still like to explore other genres — when I'm not playing Assassin's Creed Odyssey, or being lured back into Red Dead Redemption 2 or The Witcher 3!