What you need to know
- Xbox Game Pass is Microsoft's Netflix-like gaming subscription for Xbox and Windows PCs.
- The service has gone from strength to strength and recently announced a partnership with EA's Play subscription.
- With this partnership, EA Play would be included in Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for consoles in November and PC in December.
- However, it seems the PC-side of EA Play has been delayed, so Xbox Game Pass for PC subscribers will need to wait until 2021.
Xbox Game Pass is an exceptionally valuable subscription for anyone who primarily games on an Xbox console, and even holds a ton of value for those who game on PC or even their mobile device. Back in September, Microsoft revealed that Xbox Game Pass was about to get a lot better yet with the addition of EA Play at no additional cost for the service. This would bring dozens of games from EA's own gaming subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Xbox Game Pass for PC.
EA Play was already added to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate on consoles, but now it seems PC players will have to wait a little bit longer, according to a new announcement from Xbox.
Xbox Game Pass for PC was supposed to gain access to EA Play's growing vault of games, which recently added Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, in December of this year, but it looks like the integration has been delayed.
It seems the reason for the delay is simple: Xbox Game Pass needs more time to integrate EA Play on PC. There's no exact release window beyond just "2021," which is an awfully long time, but it's reasonable to assume that it won't take too long for EA Play to find its way to Xbox Game Pass for PC.
That doesn't mean there isn't already a ton to do in Xbox Game Pass for PC, with an absurd number of amazing games to choose from. Check out our picks for the Best Xbox Game Pass for PC Games, and ensure you have enough high-speed storage for them all with one of the Best SSDs for PCs.
A catalog of games
All your gaming needs, in one subscription.
Is the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate the best value in all of gaming? It's possible. Ultimate bundles your Xbox Live Gold subscription, an Xbox Game Pass subscription for both Xbox consoles and Windows PCs, and Xbox Cloud Gaming for on-the-go. That means access to hundreds of games, with more added all the time, for a single monthly subscription cost.
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Zachary Boddy (They / Them) is a Staff Writer for Windows Central, primarily focused on covering the latest news in tech and gaming, the best Xbox and PC games, and the most interesting Windows and Xbox hardware. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life starting with the original Xbox, and started out as a freelancer for Windows Central and its sister sites in 2019. Now a full-fledged Staff Writer, Zachary has expanded from only writing about all things Minecraft to covering practically everything on which Windows Central is an expert, especially when it comes to Microsoft. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.