EA is trying to change the way people play video games with the launch of a new subscription-based service for the Xbox One called “EA Access” which gives users unlimited access to some of EA’s biggest games.
EA has partnered with Microsoft to bring EA Access to the Xbox One first. The service is currently in beta to a limited number of Xbox One users. Those in the beta will have free unlimited access to the service’s current catalog of four EA games specifically FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2, and Battlefield 4. EA will continuously add titles to The Vault, EA Access’s catalog, during the lifetime of the service.
Aside from giving unlimited access to The Vault, EA is also giving users a lot more value when they subscribe to the service. First off, EA Access members will receive 10% discounts on EA digital content for Xbox One when purchased through the Xbox Games Store. The discount affects both full digital-download titles like Dragon Age: Inquisition as well as additional services like Battlefield 4’s Premium service.
Secondly, having an EA Access membership will give you early access (up to five days) to EA’s latest games without even having to purchase the game. Additionally, if you decide to purchase the game you tried out, your progress during the early access will carry over. The first set of games that are part of this early access line-up are adden NFL 15, NHL 15, FIFA 15, NBA LIVE 15, and Dragon Age: Inquisition.
When the service goes live on the Xbox One, which EA says will happen soon, users can subscribe to EA Access for just $4.99 a month or via an annual membership for $29.99 per year. EA has also mentioned that it’s in the process of allowing users to purchase their EA Access memberships from GameStop in the US, Amazon and GameStop in Europe, and EB Games in Canada.