EA just made its Xbox One subscription games service even better

A couple of weeks back, EA announced its new subscription gaming service, exclusive to the Xbox One. For $4.99 a month, or $29.99 if you buy a full year up-front, you get unlimited access to a bunch of games, to play as much as you want. 

The service launched as a limited beta with just four titles - FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2 and Battlefield 4 - but the company promised that more were on the way. The company has now revealed that any games that it adds to 'the Vault' - the collection of titles that gamers can play on the EA Access subscription service - will remain there, and will not be removed. 

In fact, the Vault will grow into a much larger collection of games to which users will be able to enjoy unlimited access, playing to their heart's content, and you can expect some big-name additions to be made in time. "The Vault will gets its share of triple-A titles," EA's chief operating officer Peter Moore told CVG. "We haven't made any announcements to that extent about exactly when, where and how, but the Vault will be substantial."

He added that EA will be carefully selecting titles to add to the Vault, ensuring that any games publisher that agrees to have their games there commits to not removing them. 

Source: CVG | image via EA

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For anyone who loves Ultimate Team in FIFA or Madden, or buys packs in other EA games this is huge. Not only can you get the base games for free, but you'll save a ton on DLC and packs.

And yet there is little to no EA games on Xbox one and the "vault" can only grow as fast as the new titles coming to the xbox one platform, the way they're making this out is you have access to all older titles also and that is just not the case as none of the older titles were released on xbox one.

I'm going to keep my eyes peeled over the coming months to see what gets added and how EA handles this, but i'm thinking if it all goes according to plan, both EA and the average gamer will have something really good on their hands.

If i factor in XBL and the EA sub, i'm spending just over £40 p/a and both services could be offering up a pretty decent flow of games.

Let's say i buy three AAA games a year (and i'll be honest, it's more than that) i'll be spending around £180 p/a. If other publishers start their own service and i spent that some on signing up to theirs, you could effectively increase your games access by a factor of 20! Not bad.

Netflix for games FTW.

^i kinda envision sports games being added to the vault after the season is over and no one is playing online...i'll be shocked if madden 15 hits the vault before march of next year

We'll see. EA already revealed that huge source of income for sports titles is the Ultimate Team stuff inside.

I'm sure they are willing to take the hit for the initial cost if it means lots more people dipping into the more lucrative Ultimate Team.

They're doing a Netflix with games. I find this idea actually amazing! I believe this can work out for everyone!!! Great deal, anyways!

So, $5/month to play games you've traded away for measly sums to pre-buy the next iteration at the local gamestop, etc.

I have digital licenses with XBOX ONE, so this service is not for me.

Also don't judge it yet... the games in the vault right now are just for the preview. The service hasn't fully launched yet.

As Enron mentioned, it's only $30 a year, or about half the price of one new game. Just like movies and TV shows, I've missed lots of great titles when they first came out. My free time, dictated by both real life and other games I'm playing, don't always coincide with game launches, so as long as they do put good titles in the Vault, this would be easily worth $30 a year -- just like Netflix is easily worth $96 a year, even though House of Cards is the only AAA launch title on it that I watch.

I am intrigued by the service but not biting right now. There aren't any games I'd play offered in the vault that I don't already own.

Interested to see where this all goes. Not sure if its been specified by EA or not, but not liking the thought of buying DLC for a game I don't really own.

oh snaps I was just getting ready to buy Fifa 14 at Walmart for 49.99. Is service available right not or is the launch date unknown.

Dunno if it's live or not, because I didn't try and sign up, but the EA Access Xbox One app is available in the app store now, and it does have the option to start your subscription.... so who knows.

Until they specify the timing of addition of games I remain iffy on the value of this. For instance if they are going to add yearly titles one or two months before the new comes out the value is pretty low (for me particularly).

Nimdock said,
Until they specify the timing of addition of games I remain iffy on the value of this. For instance if they are going to add yearly titles one or two months before the new comes out the value is pretty low (for me particularly).

I was so close to subbing on the preview until I stopped and thought about how much I would play the initial games in the vault - probably not too much with other top-tier games launching in September and October, and without knowing how many games, what quality of games, release timing, etc will be made available.

They aren't doing themselves any favors by announcing this without more details. More people would jump to purchase if they had details (unless those details suck).

What this feels like now is a way for them to make at least SOME money off of older games that the majority has already bought and played/traded/got dusty, and the rest of the folks that wouldn't have bought them can pay at least something to them for a 'vault'.

I think it's just for Xbox preview program right now, but it should be rolled out very soon if it hasn't already.

This essentially turned in to PSN / XOne free games as long as your an active subscriber and active subscription when you "purchase" the game.

I think what games there offer will determine how well this goes over. Some of these games, while not being removed latter, based on past history will have there mutiplayer servers shut down (sports lines).

I decided to sign up for the yr.

What's also cool, if your on Xbox.com and logged in, the discounts reflect there as well.

"Seems annoying" .... How so? Because the DLC isn't free?

I don't trust EA as much as the next person. But this is fairly easy service to use.

I can see where the annoyance comes in... you're essentially renting access to the base game, then being expected to permanently pay for the DLC. What happens if you decide to stop subscribing? Your paid DLC instantly becomes useless because the rented game becomes unavailable. Personally, I don't think anybody will think that buying DLC for a game they're only renting is a good idea. I think the DLC for a game in the vault should be included to avoid complications such as this.

Its the same whether you rent or buy the game. The DLC is always an extra cost and will stop working if you return/trade-in/sell the base game.

This just saves you the initial $60 purchase and even 10% off the DLC. Not a bad deal at all.

So you could but the base game of BF4 for $30 now, plus $50 for the season pass.

Or get a year of BF4 + Other Games for $30 and the Season pass for $45 if you want it.

No doubt more quality titles will be offered like with their "On the house" deal.
Wing Commander 3™: Heart of the Tiger - coming to XB1 soon!

b_roca said,
No doubt more quality titles will be offered like with their "On the house" deal.
Wing Commander 3™: Heart of the Tiger - coming to XB1 soon!

I hope so. Wing Commander 3 was the bee's knees when it came out, and is still a fun throwback game.

I like the idea but the problem is that I only get 300GB of bandwidth from Comcast and become less pleasing. I use most of my bandwidth just from Netflix and Hulu Plus. :-(

I'm the only one in my house who really care about 'HD'...

So if I'm gaming and the family is Netflix'n I log and put the stream down to 480.

Then I want to watch Netflix, I put my stream back to HD.

It is not a streaming service. You need to install a game only once. Most games are 20GB or smaller. Are you planning to download everything in the Vault all at once? If so, then problem is not that you have small cap but, you have way to much time on your hands in order to play all the games. :) Just a thought though, if you do play all the games this means you won't have to worry about Netflix bandwidth usage because you will be playing BF or FIFA when you would have normally been watching Netflix or Hulu right?

By the way you must watch a lot of Netflix to even come close to using all that bandwidth. A 2hr HD movie is 3600MB and 2hr SD movie is about 700MB bandwidth usage. I am sure Hulu is the same.

they are on a cap. if they stream in hd everyday and watch more than one movie a day, that 300GB is gone before u know it.

Before a game or 2 is downloaded.

My girlfriend's addicted to Netflix, and with me downloading all these free PS+ games, reloading my computer and getting it re-outfitted twice with software (including redownloading Steam games), I think I'm still a pretty good ways from my limit. In fact, I never even think about it... :huh:

(not defending Comcast scum mind you)

pjosephson said,

By the way you must watch a lot of Netflix to even come close to using all that bandwidth. A 2hr HD movie is 3600MB and 2hr SD movie is about 700MB bandwidth usage. I am sure Hulu is the same.

You'd be surprised at how much bandwidth you'd use day-to-day, before you even stream anything. Updates, downloads, web browsing, music, it all adds up pretty quickly. Plus that's for his whole household - say there's 4 people, well that 300GB turns into 75GB each for a whole month. You'd probably use a good 25GB just browsing the web and such, your updates and what not, leaving just 50GB for your streaming - that won't go very far.

As long as the games there are a good choice, I can see myself subbing to this. I'd probably pay more than $29.99 a year on EA games for my X1 anyway.

Yeah, I'd forgot about that bit... hmm... thinking I'm going to do it once it's out of testing and up and running fully.