EA and Microsoft are already getting into the spirit of the holidays, as it was announced that EA Play – Electronic Arts’ subscription service that rewards members with exclusive content from some of their favorite EA titles – will be included with Xbox Game Pass later this year at no additional cost.
The announcement, coming earlier this morning, comes hot on the heels of the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S leaks that detailed the next-generation console’s release date and price. Although no official date has been revealed as to when exactly EA Play will be included with Xbox Game Pass – indicated simply as Holiday 2020 – the timing of the planned release will no doubt coincide with the November 10, 2020 console launch date.
EA Play will add a slew of exclusive content to Xbox Game Pass’ already impressive library, including over 60 of EA’s most-played titles, as well as up to ten hours of trial access for annual releases such as Madden NFL and FIFA, allowing you to try before you buy. Some of EA’s titles will even make their way to Android devices, allowing for cloud play for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members.
Xbox One and Windows 10 PC players who subscribe to Xbox Game Pass will also qualify for EA Play, giving Microsoft a nice leg up on Sony who has yet to officially reveal any details surrounding the PlayStation 5 (other than, of course, the £7,999 24K Gold Edition of the next-gen console).
If you have yet to subscribe to Xbox Game Pass, it’s at the very least worth checking out with its $1 first-month trial offer. PC subscriptions are currently discounted to $4.99 per month, down from the regular cost of $9.99 per month, which is the same amount as Console subscriptions. Ultimate subscriptions, allowing for both Console and PC play, comes in at $14.99 per month, with the added benefit of cloud gaming on Android phone and tablet devices once the service hits begins its beta on September 15.
Xbox Game Pass already provides a ton of content for a reasonable price. The addition of EA Play this holiday season at no additional cost will make it an even more enticing service.
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