Microsoft has been gradually rolling out upcoming Xbox One features to members of the Xbox Insider Program, ahead of a major update set to release in the coming months. Dubbed the "Xbox Spring Update," a range of new functionality is on its way to the console, including support for 1440p monitors, Mixer controller sharing and more.
Earlier this week a new pre-release build of the operating system was issued to those in the Alpha ring of the Xbox Insider Program, enabling remote control over Mixer for live streamers. This build also appears to have introduced a new undocumented tab in "My games & apps," for Electronic Arts' subscription-based game service, EA Access.
Although this menu currently fails to display your EA Access library, a functional version can be expected in the days ahead. This follows recent updates to My games & apps adding dedicated tabs for Xbox Game Pass and Games with Gold, providing fast access to your subscriptions. With each service having now received dedicated sections, the previous "Memberships" tab has been removed.
This reflects recent efforts from Microsoft to push subscription services – most notably expanding the lineup of its Xbox Game Pass library. System-level changes are now being made that match this strategy, with third-party services even making an appearance directly on the console.
For an overview of all upcoming "Xbox Spring Update" features so far, make sure to check our cohesive changelog.
Love this, having the Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Games with Gold in the Subscriptions tab was great for reminding me of more games I own than listed in the "Ready to install" tab but it was always too time consuming to go into the EA Access app to browse through the EA Vault Games.
Now I can have a quick fire list of all my "owned" games so I can see what I want to quickly pick up and play.
Yeah, I found the exact same thing - the EA Access app just generally hangs and feels sluggish on my console, so being native should speed up the process of looking at the library too.
Totally agree. The app is really bad, even on the new X.
I'm literally this year not buying games at all anymore. I am only having Xbox Game Pass, EA Access and Live Gold. It will save me a ton of money. And i don't ever have enough time to play all games. So having Microsoft Studio published Games on day of release is the best thing to grace gaming.
Matt, Does this tab still show up if you are not an EA Access subscriber? I don't subscribe so this tab would just be clutter to me. I believe the Xbox Game Pass only shows up if you subscribe so I hope this one is the same way.
Would imagine so. It's meant to show games available to you. If you don't subscribe, it shouldn't be there.
Now, MS could roll out Ubisoft game pass and I am happy. 😎 This update sure looks great to have the dedicated tab for game services.
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