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 (opens in new tab).
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.
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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.
Zachary Boddy (They / Them) is a Staff Writer primarily focused on covering the latest news, the best Xbox and PC games, and the most interesting hardware. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life, and have been with Windows Central and its sister sites since 2019. While originally brought on to write about all things Minecraft, Zachary has since expanded to write about practically everything that Windows Central covers. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.
MS prematurely jacked up the price of XGP PC. A bunch of AAA games that came only to console and PC people were told "later". And now this.
XGP for PC was announced that price at the beginning (during E3 2018), but they cut the price during beta. Now, it is out of beta, so they increased the price to be the same as they announced and same as console version. On game selection, it depends on developers and publishers to push the game to specific platform, just remember that not every publisher is okay with the model on PC (like Ubisoft, which they wanted customer to pay $15 a month for Ubisoft+, not XGP). Also, when developers and publishers, who want to publish game through XGP, need to repackage and submit the game to Microsoft Store, since it is only way to distribute XGP. On this topic, I doubt that it is mostly EA's fault, since the EA Desktop is unfinished and it is still a mess, but Microsoft is not blameless here. Both are not ready for launch, so it is a hard situation.
The only thing not in beta is the pricing, the service is very much still in beta. It doesn't sync cloud saves half the time from other devices, if a game isn't playanywhere, you can forget playing your PC game save on Android with Cloud. I'm so frustrated with this service, and Microsoft clearly doesn't care.
Oh no... 2021 is less than a month away.
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