EA Access announced for Xbox One

The publisher announces a new monthly gaming subscription service for Microsoft's console.

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Electronic Arts has announced a new program in conjunction with Microsoft's Xbox One console that basically introduces a new subscription service for its most popular games.

With EA Access, users will be able to play gamers on the Xbox One for a monthly fee (or an annual purchase, if they prefer). Titles such as Battlefield 4, Madden NFL 25, FIFA 14 and Peggle 2 will be accessible, as well as new titles that will be added. The service will run $4.99 a month, and will be rolled out in a beta to limited players starting today, with a general launch planned in the weeks ahead. An annual membership of $29.99 is also available.

"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," the company stated in the announcement.

In addition to previously released games, the program will also offer access to new EA titles five days before their release, including Dragon Age: Inquisition, NHL 15, FIFA 15, NBA Live 15, and, of course, Madden NFL 15. Those who wish to purchase the full versions will be able to carry their progress right over.

The program will also include access to The Vault, featuring a number of popular EA titles. Currently, only four titles are available in the beta, but this will change as it opens up.

From The Chatty
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    July 29, 2014 10:50 AM

    Robert Workman posted a new article, EA Access announced for Xbox One.

    The publisher announces a new monthly gaming subscription service for Microsoft's console.

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      July 29, 2014 11:15 AM

      I give it a year before they cancel this service.

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      July 29, 2014 11:23 AM

      I would be really excited for this if I owned an xbone. This is a very surprising move from EA, and one that will hopefully catch on.

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      July 29, 2014 11:28 AM

      Oh, I thought you got access netflix style to the whole catalog of games, but its 4 games rotating. I assume the games they rotate will be garbage.

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        July 29, 2014 11:47 AM

        4 games rotating, yuck. Should be like PSN where you get to keep the game until you stop paying the subscription.

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          July 29, 2014 11:53 AM

          I don't think it's rotating. It just says during the beta you have access to 4 games with more to be added soon.

          I wonder if this includes DLC though (my guess is no).

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            July 29, 2014 11:59 AM

            Oh, if its not rotating i'm completely on board, the $30 price seems way too low though.

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            July 29, 2014 12:13 PM

            What does the 4th paragraph mean? Because it sounds like you're paying for a glorified demo.

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              July 29, 2014 12:14 PM

              I'm guessing it means you can buy the game and the saves still work, incase you cancel your EA Access membership. Agreed though it could be easily interpreted other ways.

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              July 29, 2014 12:26 PM

              I'm reading it as you can play new releases 5 days before release as a subscriber, but after that, a purchase of the game is required?

              Would sound odd if they let you play DA:I and Madden 15 for that cheap.

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                July 29, 2014 12:55 PM

                It's like the thing they had on the 360 where you got early access to the game and then had to pay for the retail release.

                Sounds like the vault games are going to be at minimum a year old.

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            July 29, 2014 12:13 PM

            What does the 4th paragraph mean? Because it sounds like you're paying for a glorified demo.

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        July 29, 2014 11:58 AM

        No its 4 games in the beta. The EA access twitter account says that they have no plans to remove games from the 'Vault'.

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        July 29, 2014 3:48 PM

        ...what sentence did you misread?

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      July 29, 2014 11:28 AM

      Just a move to make everything we consume a subscription model. "Like movies? Subscribe! Like games? Subscribe!"

      Nothx.txt

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      July 29, 2014 11:51 AM

      In other news EA has opted out of the PS+ and Games with Gold programs.

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        July 29, 2014 12:27 PM

        Sounds about right, still, as long as it isn't a restrictive program, 29.99 annually isn't bad at all.

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          July 29, 2014 12:44 PM

          Even if it's just their main sports games, it's a much better proposition than buying a yearly $60 FIFA or whatever your jam is.

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      July 29, 2014 12:49 PM

      This could be a pretty great value. Yearly franchises like a lot of EA's stable are really well suited to this type of program. I love sports and would happily play basically any of the big 4 games but realistically I only ever buy Madden (and not every year) and then just try the demos of the others. I'm not interested in spending $200-240 to play football, hockey, and soccer every year. But for $30? Sounds pretty nice. And for EA this can work out because all these games are moving to microtransaction based models with Ultimate Team type modes. And I would by lying if I said I wouldn't consider spending some more money on packs in these games if I were getting them that cheap (where as I spend no money on Madden if I've already spent $60 to own the game).

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        July 29, 2014 1:50 PM

        That's fine if you don't mind playing last season's game, but you can pick those up on sale anyway. The current season's games are availably with that 5 day demo but then you have to pay full price for them.

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          July 29, 2014 2:40 PM

          Ah, that's a kind of a dealbreaker. I don't care about getting last years releases with the sub, plus they're already worthless or dirt cheap by themselves at that point. So now it seems like this is just another way for them to monetize games that have practically ceased to sell, while giving an extended demo for new games as a tiny bonus. Smart for them for sure, but not for me.

          They already do demos for nearly everything they put out, I wonder if they'll continue doing that now with this 5 day early trial access?

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          July 29, 2014 4:41 PM

          ok well then this is useless

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        July 29, 2014 4:28 PM

        no madden 15 or fifa worldcup makes this kind of lame though. i want the latest and greatest

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      July 29, 2014 1:30 PM

      Man I might subscribe just for the early access feature if it is not too limited.

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      July 29, 2014 3:39 PM

      If its as straight forward as it sounds on the surface then it sounds great, however I have my doubts its this straight forward. Oh and I dont have an xbox anyway lol

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      July 29, 2014 4:22 PM

      Didn't EA have something like this a few years ago and decided to shut it down?

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      July 29, 2014 5:00 PM

      This would be better for current games as a way of renting, but their old sports games aren't worth much so I don't see the value here.

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      July 29, 2014 5:05 PM

      this is genius. a subscription, in a subscription, to enable in game monetization, to buy a subscription, to then renew a subscription... with a dash of DLC.

      no one will remember all of this shit, and your gaming will be huge monthly bills that you have no idea were getting larger. EA learning from comcast. we're fucked.

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        July 29, 2014 5:23 PM

        What the fuck are you talking about? It sounds fairly straightforward to me.

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        July 29, 2014 6:59 PM

        These multi-billion dollar companies cant stay afloat without revenue streaming in from every direction. Thats a big boat to keep from running aground.

        To be honest, how long until netflix is 14.99 for the new "special access" package. New releases included!

        I cant keep track of all the shit i have se sort of subscription to nowadays.

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      July 29, 2014 6:55 PM

      Preview program people got an invite to the app tonight. My biggest gripe, you can't use Microsoft credit to buy the subscription.

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        July 30, 2014 1:21 AM

        I just payed up. You also get 10% off all other EA games and sounds like 5 days early access on new releases.

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      July 30, 2014 1:33 AM

      This sounds like a very good deal, I think people are thinking "where's the catch".

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        July 30, 2014 1:36 AM

        OK maybe not such a great deal if it's just the older sports titles and a few more older titles.

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        July 30, 2014 1:54 AM

        Yeah, it sounds like you're paying $5/mo or $30/yr for access to a number of older titles, plus you get a 10% on stuff purchased through the app, and some game demos.

        I can see how this might appeal to some, but I already pay for PS+, so if this were on PS4, I don't think I'd do it.

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      July 30, 2014 4:26 AM

      It all depends on how soon new titles are available. I have to imagine they won't be there day 1, so that they get the early sales #s still. If I can play the latest Madden, FIFA, NHL, PGA, NFS, and BF for that price, with in a month of release, that's a no brainer. 6 months after? Ehh.

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      July 30, 2014 7:55 AM

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