If you play games on PC or Xbox consoles, consider subscribing to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. You’ll get access to a massive library of 100-plus Xbox and Windows PC games, members-only discounts, and cloud streaming to Android devices (and, in 2021, on desktop, iOS, and Xbox consoles) for $15 a month. That’s an incredible deal, and it makes Game Pass Ultimate one of the best gaming subscription services available. But there are two tricks you can use to get the service for even less.
Electronic Arts’ subscription service, EA Play, now comes bundled with Game Pass Ultimate. If you purchase a 12-month EA Play gift card for Xbox (normally $30), you can convert it into a code for 4 months of Game Pass Ultimate. That means active subscribers can get an additional four months of Game Pass Ultimate service for just $30—a 50% discount from what you’d normally pay.
The deal gets even better for new subscribers, though. Microsoft normally gives new Game Pass Ultimate subscribers a limited-entry price of just $1 for a three-month trial. If you join at that price right now, you can use the EA-Play code trick to lock in seven months of Game Pass Ultimate service for just $31—which would normally cost you $105.
Here’s how to get the discounted Game Pass Subscription:
- Buy a 12-month EA Play subscription gift card for Xbox (and subscribe to Game Pass Ultimate if you’re a new user).
- Redeem the code through the Microsoft store on your Xbox One or Xbox Series X, or in the Xbox Windows app on PC.
- The code will be automatically converted and applied to your Game Pass Ultimate membership.
This is an awesome deal for Xbox and PC gamers, and Android users can enjoy many of the service’s games via cloud streaming. Here’s a sliver of what you can play with Game Pass Ultimate:
- Halo: Master Chief Collection
- Gears 5
- Gears Tactics
- Destiny 2
- Sea of Thieves
- Star Wars: Jedi: Fallen Order
- Monster Hunter: World
- Final Fantasy XV: Royale Edition
- Dragon Quest XI S: Definitive Edition
- Doom Eternal
- Hollow Knight
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
You can find the full Game pass Ultimate library here. Chances are good anyone and everyone will find a handful of games they want to play. Plus, more titles are added all the time, and all new Microsoft first-party games are immediately added upon release.