• Paul Fingleton

Irish Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers to get a side order of EA Play at No Additional Cost

Updated: Sep 15, 2020

Announcement comes out of the blue, of should that be 'Out of the Green'.

Hot on the heels of yesterdays surprise details of the Xbox Series S, Microsoft today have added another unexpected twist to their gaming strategy. It is adding EA Play (formerly EA Access) to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Xbox Game Pass for PC at no additional cost to subscribers.

It means that Microsoft's "Netflix of Games", already with more than 100 games, gets a host of extra benefits, including:

  • More than 60 of EA’s biggest and best console and PC games like FIFA 20, Titanfall 2 and Need for Speed Heat, as well as titles from some of EA’s most popular franchises like Battlefield, Mass Effect, Skate, and The Sims.

  • Exclusive in-game challenges and rewards, special member-only content, discounts on EA digital purchases for DLC, games, and more.

  • Access to trials of games for up to 10 hours from best-loved franchises and top titles like Madden NFL 21 and FIFA 21.

  • Not only will EA Play titles be available on console and PC, this holiday, some of the best EA Play games will also be available for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members to play on Android devices v

ia the cloud at no additional charge.

Fear not if you already have an EA Play subscription, Microsoft has thought of this and has you covered. For Xbox Game Pass members who already have an EA Play subscription, Xbox’s Major Nelson explained that Users who have both Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and EA Play purchased through Xbox will have their EA Play membership canceled and any remaining time over 50 days will be rounded up and converted to the nearest month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate at a ratio of 3:1

Irish gamers will likely see this benefit around the launch of the new Xbox consoles as the announcement cites 'This Holiday'. The Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X are scheduled to launch on 10 November 2020, with Ireland being one of the launch countries on Day One.