EA launching Xbox One games subscription service
July 30, 2014 | 11:48
EA is launching a subscription service to give players unlimited access to several of its games on the Xbox One for a monthly fee.
EA Access launched its beta yesterday and is being rolled out to all Xbox One users in the US, Canada and Europe soon.
Membership to the subscription service will cost $4.99 a month or $29.99 for the year. This will allow players access to the Vault, a collection of EA’s games that can be downloaded and played. The beta is testing this with FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2 and Battlefield 4.
Alongside the games found in The Vault, EA Access also grants members a 10% discount on any of EA’s digital content for the Xbox One, covering digital download titles and additional membership services or microtransactions.
EA Access will also give players a head start on general retail customers when new games are release, giving them trials of new EA games up to five days before their release dates in some cases. The first games to try this will include Dragon Age: Inquisition, Madden NFL 15, FIFA 15 and NBA Live 15. Anyone then deciding to buy the full game on release will be able to keep the progress they had made in the trial.
As well as being sold through EA, the subscription service will also be available at retail with GameStop and EB Games signing up to sell the service in their brick-and-mortar stores. Amazon will also sell the service.
Subscription services for games handled in this way have not yet been tested that much. Sony announced its Playstation Now service earlier this year during CES which allows games to be streamed to a number of Sony devices on a rental or subscription basis and is expected to launch later this year.