It has been announced that the Xbox One will receive an Electronic Arts (EA) game subscription service that will offer downloads of past EA titles and offer discounts for digital games bought through the Xbox marketplace. The service is currently in beta and will be available for all Xbox One users later this year.
With the price of $4.99 a month or $29.99 per year, Xbox One users will be able to use the EA Access subscription service. With the service, subscribers will gain access to The Vault. The Vault will include past EA titles and will be available at no extra charge. During the beta trial, FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2, and Battlefield 4 will be available to download and play. EA states that more titles will be added in the future.
EA Access subscribers will also be able to take advantage of the Play First service. This service includes trials of new EA games five days before they are released in stores. The Play First service will include the full game download, although most games will come with a two-hour time limit. The trials will vary between games, but EA is stating that progress will carry over to the main game if the player chooses to purchase the game title and that achievements can be earned during trials. The first titles to offer Play First trials are Madden NFL 15, NHL 15, FIFA 15, NBA LIVE 15, and Dragon Age: Inquisition.
While in beta, the service is only available to a select few. After the beta, EA Access will be available to all Xbox One users. Users will be able to purchase the subscription through Xbox Live. Gamers will also be able to purchase EA Access subscriptions at local GameStop stores.
With the announcement that the Xbox One will receive an EA game subscription service, gamers can look forward to playing past titles for free as well gain special perks. Gamers will be able to sign up and download The Vault games when the EA Access hub becomes available to download on the Xbox One later this year.
EA Access will get its own hub on the Xbox One home screen where players will access The Vault and the Play First service. While more games will be added over time, EA has stated that they have no plans to remove games once they are added to The Vault. All games downloaded from The Vault will be available to all users on the same Xbox One console and will stay available as long as the EA Access subscription is active. The EA Access membership can also be carried over to other Xbox One consoles once the user has signed into Xbox Live and EA Access.
EA Access users will also be able to take advantage of discounts on new EA titles. A 10 percent discount will be applied to new games as well as premium services, season passes, and in-game purchases with the EA Access membership. The discount is for digital content only and cannot be applied to EA titles purchased in stores.
This is the first time a service like this has been offered by a game publisher on a home console and is exclusive to the Microsoft console. EA has stated that EA Access has been tailored for the Xbox One and that there are no current plans for other consoles to receive the subscription service.
By Raul Hernandez