In a surprise announcement today, EA has announced a new subscription service for the Xbox One dubbed, EA Access. The subscription service will allow gamers to play games that have been added to the EA Vault for as long as they want, as long as you either pay $5 a month or $30 for the year.
Currently, the program is in Beta on Xbox One, with a select number of people getting to test it out over the next few weeks until EA rolls the service out to the public. No plans were announced for the service on the PS4 as of yet.
Instead of trying to explain the whole program in my own words, I’ll direct you to the quoted text below which is straight from the EA Press Release.
EA Access membership unlocks The Vault, a collection of EA’s biggest games on Xbox One ready for you to download and play. During the beta, gamers will have unlimited access to four great EA games: FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle2 and Battlefield 4™, with more titles being added soon. That’s over $100 worth of games for $4.99 a month. You can play these EA favorites as much as you want with the click of a button.
EA Access is a totally new way for you to play more of the games you love, for less. Here’s a rundown of the additional benefits EA Access members will get:
- Awesome Value– Besides the great games in The Vault, EA Access members will save 10% on purchases of EA digital content for Xbox One offered through the Xbox Games Store. From full digital-download titles like the upcoming Dragon Age™ Inquisition or NHL®15, to additional membership services such as Battlefield 4 Premium or even FIFA Ultimate Team points, it’s all 10% off for members.*
- Play First – Membership in EA Access lets you experience trials of new EA games up to five days before the release date.* It starts with Madden NFL 15, NHL 15, FIFA 15, NBA LIVE 15, and Dragon Age: Inquisition, but more are on the way. If you decide to buy the game, your progress will carry over so you can pick up right where you left off.
Not a bad deal I would say other than the fact it’s just another subscription fee to add to the number of subscription services on the new consoles. If you get into the beta, let us know what you think of the service in the comments below. And, don’t be confused by the program, some have read it as they’ll get to play games like Dragon Age: Inquisition for $5 a month, which isn’t the case. You get a trial of the game, and can transfer your progress over if you decide to purchase it, as noted in the second bullet point.