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EA launching Xbox One games subscription service

EA launching Xbox One games subscription service

EA Access has launched its beta which currently features four games for players to test.

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.

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exceededgoku 30th July 2014, 15:18 Quote
I actually like this idea, my friend came round on the weekend and we wanted to play Fifa 14.

I went to purchase it, saw it was £50 and said *£!@ no not paying that much...

This makes it a lot more attractive, also Microsoft needs to sort out the Digital Download prices. Absolute ripoff, reminded me why I love PC. Proper pricing for games.
suenstar 30th July 2014, 15:52 Quote
I'm all for a subscription service that offers unlimited use of games within the service, providing the price isn't too far above that of Netflix and that it has a good selection with regular updates as games get released.
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Originally Posted by exceededgoku
This makes it a lot more attractive, also Microsoft needs to sort out the Digital Download prices. Absolute ripoff, reminded me why I love PC. Proper pricing for games.
I'd say a good portion of PC services that provide Digital Download are just as obscenely priced as the consoles, e.g. Valve often has games marked up at the maximum prices (outside of sales) when they're only a fraction for the DVDs from a retailer.
damien c 30th July 2014, 15:54 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by exceededgoku
I actually like this idea, my friend came round on the weekend and we wanted to play Fifa 14.

I went to purchase it, saw it was £50 and said *£!@ no not paying that much...

This makes it a lot more attractive, also Microsoft needs to sort out the Digital Download prices. Absolute ripoff, reminded me why I love PC. Proper pricing for games.

That's why I don't use the Xbox Store for anything if I can avoid it, since they are stupidly priced same with Steam and Origin.
julianmartin 30th July 2014, 23:05 Quote
It's a great idea and could REALLY change things if the first entry to the market gets it right. I'm surprised one of the big boys like Netflix hasn't got involved with it already; I guess it's more down to publishers and EA are perfectly placed with the catalogue and financial backing to try it.
KidMod-Southpaw 31st July 2014, 09:58 Quote
My goodness, it's an idea that isn't actually ridiculous! I like it!
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