EA Access subscription gaming for Xbox One exits beta, now available for all

Earlier today, we reported that Microsoft had referred to EA's new gaming subscription service as a "game-changer." EA Access was announced exclusive to Xbox One last month, offering unlimited gameplay for a range of EA titles for $4.99 a month, or $29.99 if you pay for a full year's subscription up front. Today, EA announced that the beta period has ended and now anyone can sign up for the service. 

As we reported previously, EA has confirmed that any games that it adds to the 'Vault,' the collection of games available under EA Access subscriptions, will be permanent additions, allowing it to grow into a much larger library of games for unlimited play over time. 

EA Access is exclusive to the latest Xbox One console, and is unlikely to be available on the PlayStation 4, given that Sony has ridiculed the subscription gaming service as offering poor value. 

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Mandosis said,
I am guessing they wanted to make sure it actually worked and they had enough time for that

I'm guessing they wanted to maximise profits and if it kinda worked, win!

Enough with the EA bashing. Its a brand new service that is doing something that has never been done and needed to be tested to make sure the system EA and Microsoft set up actually worked in the real world outside of their test environments. Testing needs to happen. If they wanted to maximize profits they would have made it open to everyone at the time of the announcement for it.

"At launch, EA Access will be available in Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, United Kingdom, and the United States with additional territories to follow."

I'm assuming it has now launched?

deadonthefloor said,

Wow, this may be the first time I've agreed with Sony.
While just looking at it as of now if you dont like sports games then its poor value for you but as i love them its a great value for me as well as the 10% off other EA games as I tend to buy quite a few.

Looking at it in comparison to what Sony Now offers I am just speechless that they can call it poor value. PS Plus is great but it also cost alot more and has been around long enough to build up a little more value though new comers dont really get any of the games that were released to plus previous months so its really not that good unless you have been in it.

Really. $2.50 / month for four games that would cost you $100+, with more games to be added and 10 per cent off digital purchases with early access. And coming from a company that is charging $2.50 for just two hours of playing a single game.

Get real.

DClark said,
Really. $2.50 / month for four games that would cost you $100+, with more games to be added and 10 per cent off digital purchases with early access. And coming from a company that is charging $2.50 for just two hours of playing a single game.

Get real.


Right, because something still in-development is comparable.

Here's why I won't give my card up to them. I even have a post in there with my bank account. But no no, we're the crazy ones. :rolleyes:

http://www.neowin.net/forum/to...-online-subscription-drama/

SnoopZ said,
You don't give your card to EA you pay Microsoft. :)

Well, that's a major relief for one. Let's see where they go with it.

It'd be amazing on the 360, though. That said, $30 for an growing library? Sounds like a budget gamer's friend if there's enough in there for you and your family. I used to subscribe to Gametap, and a buffet is nice.

However, only being EA XBO games limits the appeal compared to PSN+. I don't think its a poor value, but its not an obvious choice, either. PSN+ and Games For Gold are obvious choices, even with their higher price tags.

PSN+ and Games for Gold (Xbox Live Gold) are not really direct competitors, since both services are for online multiplayer, and to really take advantage of EA Access, you would need online multiplayer any ways. Nobody gets PSN+ and Xbox Live Gold just for the free games here and there and deals.

DClark said,
PSN+ and Games for Gold (Xbox Live Gold) are not really direct competitors, since both services are for online multiplayer, and to really take advantage of EA Access, you would need online multiplayer any ways. Nobody gets PSN+ and Xbox Live Gold just for the free games here and there and deals.
Not entirely true. When they started Games for Gold I thanked Sony for the competitive pressure and reupped on Gold even though I seldom do multiplayer. I got more than my money's worth of games from it, and when I sold my 360 to my sister for my nieces yo play with, I left my account on there so they could finish the subscription and have access to the games. It provided a nice variety of games, and did so about every two weeks. I think that was well worth the $60 (well, less, but I bargain hunted). Everything else (Netflix, discounts, online gaming) was nice but not nearly as important.

And, according to MS a few years ago, people were just as likely to use their 360's for Netflix as they were for gaming. Which meant Live Gold. Some folks only have Live because of Netflix.

Chikairo said,
It'd be amazing on the 360, though. That said, $30 for an growing library? Sounds like a budget gamer's friend if there's enough in there for you and your family. I used to subscribe to Gametap, and a buffet is nice.

However, only being EA XBO games limits the appeal compared to PSN+. I don't think its a poor value, but its not an obvious choice, either. PSN+ and Games For Gold are obvious choices, even with their higher price tags.

I was just getting ready to buy Fifa 14 for 50 bucks, I will instantly save 20 bucks buy subscribing to this, plus have additional games with an expanding library. Seems like a no-brainer to me.

uxo22 said,

I was just getting ready to buy Fifa 14 for 50 bucks, I will instantly save 20 bucks buy subscribing to this, plus have additional games with an expanding library. Seems like a no-brainer to me.

Nice! Great to hear! :D

Why are you comparing last he games. Ea access is on Xbox one,so compare it to next Gen services. PS+has given what? Indies games. Such better value. Not

If this becomes a success - having a short beta is a good indicator, then Sony will be beating their heads on not jumping on this opportunity.

Meh, I went for the yearly subscription. I wanted FIFA 14 and that would've cost me more than $30 anyway. I already own BF4 and Peggle2, so I hope they add more stuff soon. Either way, I rolled the dice and went for it.

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