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'EA Access' subscription service launched for Xbox One gamers

by Jonathan Aylard on 30 July 2014, 13:00

Tags: Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), PC

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EA and Microsoft have teamed up and launched a new subscription service called EA Access, offering Xbox One users unlimited access to select titles in what the publisher calls 'The Vault' for $4.99 a month or $29.99 per year.

"At EA, we are always looking for new ways to make it easier for gamers to play more EA games across all platforms, and we are excited about what EA Access will offer to players on Xbox One," EA wrote in a blog post.

The service is currently being rolled out in beta to a limited number of players and is purported to be launching for everyone on Xbox One soon. The Vault currently contains just four of the company's biggest games including FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2 and Battlefield 4.

EA promises more will be added to the collection, plus the subscription additionally gives members a 10 per cent discount on its digital download Xbox One titles, DLC and in-game currency through the Xbox Games Store. EA also promises 'Play First' early access to games and content, such as its already delayed Dragon Age: Inquisition with this subscription. However, the publisher does sneakily add in the small print (at the bottom of this page) that Titanfall is "excluded from all EA Access features".

Your in-game progress on EA Access titles will carry over if you do decide to purchase the game after playing it on Access, which might be useful to some people. The membership subscription can be purchased through your Xbox One and is said to also be available through GameStop and Amazon soon in the U.S., Canada and Europe.

Is anyone interested in this subscription service for their Xbox One or even a possible future 'EA Access' subscription for PC?

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Is anyone interested in this subscription service for their Xbox One or even a possible future ‘EA Access’ subscription for PC?
Zero interest in the XBone (or should that be XbOne?) service since I've no intentions of getting an XbOne.

A PC-based equivalent, might be interesting to me if they can make two changes:
1. Extend the range of titles available - since of the four on offer, two I already have and the other two have no interest for me (sports sims = meh in my book. Doubly so if that “sport” is US football).
2. Allow the possibility of converting some of your subscription titles to outright purchases (especially if that was at a small discount over the RRP). This covers the situation where someone decides that “EAA” isn't for them and doesn't want to renew their subscription. Would be a bit daft to, for example, buy a load of BF4 DLC and then find that you can't access the main game!

Actually there's a question - once you've bought DLC presumably it's yours, so if you don't renew then it's not suddenly going to become “disabled”.
Interestingly is that Sony have rejected this for the Ps4 and this looks like to be an Xbox one only product going forward.

I personally like the idea of this but I don't like the idea of it being limited to one games company. If Steam did this for their library, then hell yeah.

Is anyone interested in this subscription service for their Xbox One or even a possible future ‘EA Access’ subscription for PC?
I'm sure somebody will be. Very likely, quite a lot of them.

But me? No.

First, I don't have an XBOne, and currently, no intention let alone plans to get one. If I did, it'd still be no, though.

As for PC, no. Partly, well, see the link csgohan4 gave. And partly, because I don't like subscriptions, except where either absolutely necessary, or where I need the service and the subscription model is overwhelmingly in my interest.

And partly, well, it's EA. 'Nuff said.
I hate subscription models, but unfortunately seems the rave for large companies with pay for content. They took a leaf out of MMO's and their raking in the money. I refuse to pay money if it's a naff or incomplete game, ala Sim City, need for speed (lol cars cost more than the game itself).

Although I admit I got the premium BF4 version because I liked BF3, however I didn;t buy it at the begining to get ripped off 65 bucks, but I got it 6 months later.

I agree with Saracen, EA sucks and origin is worse than steam.