EA Play and Xbox Game Pass Expand Their Racing Game Selection

Subscribers to EA Play and Xbox Game Pass services now have access to F1 2020, GRID and DIRT 5.

Three major racing titles are now available on two popular subscription services, EA Play and Xbox Game Pass: F1 2020, GRID and DIRT 5.


F1 2020 isn’t the latest edition of the official Formula 1 game, but it shares most of the driving experience with its successor, F1 2021. The more recent title was released last month. One advantage the 2020 game has over 2021 is the inclusion of classic Formula 1 cars. And for PC users missing the current year’s liveries, be sure to check out the massive selection of liveries and other mods in the F1 2020 resources section here at RaceDepartment.

GRID is a bright, loud and fast racing game encompassing a wide variety of road and race cars. The game leans heavily toward an accessible and fun gaming experience rather than aiming to be a hardcore racing simulator, but there is good wheel and pedal compatibility for those looking to utilize their sim rigs. The career mode has players climbing the ranks of motorsports in race series featuring well known tin-top and open wheel series. Formula 1 legend Fernando Alonso lent his name to the title as well, giving players the chance to race virtually with the two-time F1 drivers’ champion.

Lastly, DIRT 5 is perhaps the most surprising addition to the subscription service, given its age. DIRT 5 is the most recent title in Codemasters' successful DIRT franchise. It was released in November of 2020 and continues the series' more casual driving experience when compared to its DiRT Rally counterparts. Like GRID, DIRT 5 offers bright and intricately detailed environments in which to race, albeit with a focus on off-road racing.

These three titles available on EA Play and Xbox Game Pass give gamers a lot of potential racing experiences, from the immersive Formula 1 experience of F1 2020 to the wheel-to-wheel road racing action of GRID, to the wild off-road action of DIRT 5. These titles likely won’t satisfy the hardcore sim crowd, but this could be a fun way for racing game fans to spend the back half of summer.

Let us know your experiences and recommendations for these titles in the comments below.
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I have been obsessed with sim racing and racing games since the 1980's. My first taste of live auto racing was in 1988, and I couldn't get enough ever since. Lead writer for RaceDepartment, and owner of SimRacing604 and its YouTube channel. Favourite sims include Assetto Corsa Competizione, Assetto Corsa, rFactor 2, Automobilista 2, DiRT Rally 2 - On Twitter as @simracing604

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Dirt 5 has been on Xbox Game Pass since February.
You probably meant Dirt 4, Dirt Rally and Dirt Rally 2.0, and should point out that these are (currently) not available through Xbox Game Pass for PC, only on console (exluding the aforementioned Dirt 5).

Also, since we're talking Game Pass, Art of Rally, which you seem to otherwise follow quite closely, comes out on Xbox Game Pass for PC tomorrow, which seems to have completely slipped by you in any news about Art of Rally so far.
 
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Jason Chamberlain
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Dirt 5 has been on Xbox Game Pass since February.
You probably meant Dirt 4, Dirt Rally and Dirt Rally 2.0, and should point out that these are (currently) not available through Xbox Game Pass for PC, only on console (exluding the aforementioned Dirt 5).

Also, since we're talking Game Pass, Art of Rally, which you seem to otherwise follow quite closely, comes out on Xbox Game Pass for PC tomorrow, which seems to have completely slipped by you in any news about Art of Rally so far.
There was an article about Art of Rally a few days ago. He mentioned it when he did the review of the Kenya content.
 
Wilko Jones
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I may give F1 a try. Im not sure how someone goes about modding a UWP title on PC though. If anyone knows how that is done, please point me in the right direction.
 
Mike Smith
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Dirt 5 has been on Xbox Game Pass since February.
You probably meant Dirt 4, Dirt Rally and Dirt Rally 2.0, and should point out that these are (currently) not available through Xbox Game Pass for PC, only on console (exluding the aforementioned Dirt 5).

Also, since we're talking Game Pass, Art of Rally, which you seem to otherwise follow quite closely, comes out on Xbox Game Pass for PC tomorrow, which seems to have completely slipped by you in any news about Art of Rally so far.
Thanks for the info about Art of Rally. And I've kept the feature the same based on the recent EA Play tweet, but I appreciate the info about the other titles as well. Thanks for reading!
 
Are you quite sure about this ? I have an EA Play (UK) subscription and none of these games seem to be available in the EA Play list, not in a browser or the Origin client either...so for consoles only then, not PC it would seem...
 
Ryan Soucy
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It's always good to have more racing options on console :)

Or phone, for you Game Pass Ultimate subscribers with something like a Razer Kishi... :D

Last month I was playing GTA V on my phone (screen too small though), but now I can play Skate 3 on my phone. What a world!!! I bought a XB360 off ebay just to play Skate 2 and 3 once I discovered them last fall.
 
Are you quite sure about this ? I have an EA Play (UK) subscription and none of these games seem to be available in the EA Play list, not in a browser or the Origin client either...so for consoles only then, not PC it would seem...
Seems to be only available on PC if you have ea play through Steam. This is very annoying.
 
Are you quite sure about this ? I have an EA Play (UK) subscription and none of these games seem to be available in the EA Play list, not in a browser or the Origin client either...so for consoles only then, not PC it would seem...
with gamepass ultimate you can play that games in the Edge browser on the PC. But only with a gamepad or maybe with an xbox compatible wheel ( not checked, as i don't have one )
In a few weeks it should also work directly in the xbox app.
 

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