Getting EA Play to work with Xbox Game Pass is a straightforward process. Here’s what you need to do to use it on a PC. So you have a Game Pass Ultimate subscription and want to play the included EA Play games? Read on and get ready to play.
What is EA Play?
Previously known as EA Access on Xbox, EA Play is a subscription provided by EA that allows you to play all the best EA titles and preview EA games. With EA Access, you also get discounts on your EA purchases and timed trials for new games.
EA Access also has a pro-tier subscription where you can play EA titles right after release. Without a Pro subscription, you’ll have to wait to play it or buy it when it’s released.
What is Xbox Game Pass Ultimate?
Like EA Play, Xbox Game Pass is a subscription provided by Xbox. For a monthly subscription, you have access to an extensive list of games. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate goes one step further with a Basic Game Pass subscription and gives you EA Play and Xbox Live Gold in addition to Basic Game Pass. For a higher price, of course.
Another important thing about Game Pass Ultimate is that once you get it for Xbox or PC, you can use all its features on other platforms as well.
Although the two subscription platforms have slightly different catalogs. For example, the Age of Empires collection is on Game Pass but is only available for PC, as the developers haven’t released the game for consoles.
So with Game Pass Ultimate, you get EA Play, Xbox Live Gold, and Xbox Game Pass for your Xbox and PC. To learn more with an in-depth explanation, read our article on Xbox Game Pass.
How to Use EA Play with Game Pass Ultimate
To use EA Play with Game Pass on PC, you’ll need three things: the Xbox app, the EA desktop app, and of course, a Game Pass Ultimate subscription.
You must have installed the Xbox app on your computer. Otherwise, you can easily install it from Microsoft Store.
- Open Microsoft Store.
- In the search bar at the top right, type Xbox.
- Select Xbox (not Xbox Game Pass or other apps).
- Click on Install. Wait for the app to be installed.
- Click Launch.
- Sign in to the Xbox app with your Microsoft account.
Now you are ready for the Microsoft side. Remember, you must sign in to the Xbox app with an account that has an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription.
Now you need to adjust the EA end of this thread. You can download the EA Desktop app from the official EA Desktop webpage. Once you have EA Desktop installed, it is time to link your Xbox and EA accounts.
- Open EA Desktop and sign in with your EA account.
- Return to the Xbox app.
- Click on Game Pass in the top left. This will take you to the Game Pass catalog.
- Scroll down to EA Play Games.
- Select the game you want to download, then click Install. This will take you to the EA desktop app where a dialog box will appear asking if you want to link your EA account to your Microsoft account.
- In EA Desktop, click on Link Accounts.
- Finally, click on Get Started. You have now linked your two accounts.
Now you can install the EA Play titles of your choice on your computer. You don’t have to repeat these steps every time you want to install a game. Once your accounts are linked, the installation will only take a few clicks.
With Game Pass Ultimate, you can enjoy EA Play titles and Game Pass titles on PC and Xbox. If you’re still trying to figure out whether Game Pass Ultimate is the right option for you, a good comparison can help you make your decision.