EA Access, A New Way to Play With EA
EA announced this past week that they would be beta testing a new gaming service on Xbox One called EA Access. EA Access allows users to download and play a selection of games from The Vault as long as their membership in the program is maintained. Current offerings for the beta are Battlefield 4, FIFA 14, Madden 25, and Peggle 2; nothing terribly new, but not really that old either.
Along with The Vault, another key feature of the service is an early access trial for new games. As a member, players will be granted access to around 2 hours of the full game, five days before the actual release. All of their progress will also carry over if they purchase the full game on release.
Finally, EA Access users will also receive a 10% discount on any digital items purchased through the Xbox store including games, DLC, and in-game items as long as they are a member.
The program will cost $4.99 month-to-month, or you can purchase a year of access for only $30 (half the price of month to month for a year). EA will also make the service available through retail outlets like GameStop and EB Games in the future.
EA plans to roll the service out to anyone with an Xbox One and clarified that an Xbox Live Gold account is only required if you want to play the games online. More games will be added to The Vault in time and will help the service become even more of a value to cost conscious gamers.