Fresh off the news that the Xbox Series X will be launching on November 10th for $499/£449, Microsoft have also announced that they’ve partnered with EA to provide the EA Play subscription, formerly known as EA Access, to provide it as part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. The partnership will start “this holiday”, presumably on the day that the new consoles launch, but no solid details have been confirmed just yet.
The news was announced via an Xbox blog post, stating that Ultimate members will receive all the benefits of EA Play, including the expansive Vault of games, 10% member discount on all EA content and trials for upcoming games. Better still, Ultimate members will receive EA Play for both console and PC, and certain EA Play titles will be available to play via Android devices and the xCloud service.
For what’s often been considered to be the best value for money deal in gaming, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate has found a way to become even more valuable. While an EA Play subscription was relatively cheap anyway (£20 a year is pretty reasonable), including it as part of Game Pass Ultimate is such a smart move. At the end of the day, more games to play around with can only be a good thing.
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