Within the past year, Microsoft has added Games with Gold which gives Xbox Live Gold members access to some free games. While this was intended to rival Sony's PlayStation Plus subscription, not as many games have seen the light of day in comparison to its competitor. Microsoft is looking to up the ante as it has partnered with Electronic Arts on Tuesday to provide a service called EA Access. The service will offer access to major titles and also provide some perks. Members of the service will save 10% on EA digital content for the Xbox One that are offered through the Xbox Games Store.
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 membership will make The Vault available for consumers. This will be a collection of EA's more popular titles on Xbox One that will be ready for download and play. The service is currently in beta and is being rolled out to a limited amount of players. There's no official launch date, but those in beta will have unlimited access to FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2, and Battlefield 4. More titles will be added soon as the current games are worth over $100.
Much like the old EA Sports Ticket, EA Access will feature Play First. This will allow members to experience trials of new EA games up to five days prior to the release date. This will start with all the sports games this coming fall including Madden 15, NHL 15, NBA Live 15, and FIFA 15. The trial will also include Dragon Age: Inquisition. Your progress through the trials will carry over to the game if you decide to purchase it.
EA Access will be priced at $4.99 a month, or an annual membership is available for $29.99 on Xbox Live. Gamestop and Amazon will eventually be selling these exclusive memberships in their respective stores. EA Access memberships will be available across Europe, as well as at EB Games in Canada. For the price, sports gamers who own the Xbox One should definitely look into this. Maybe you will be lucky enough to be selected for beta. Stay tuned for more information on this service.