EA launches Xbox One subscription gaming service for $4.99 a month

EA has announced today that it has partnered with Microsoft to launch a new service called EA Access, described as a "membership for gamers exclusively on Xbox One". A more accurate description would be a "monthly subscription", which allows gamers to sign up for unlimited access to play a range of the company's games. 

EA calls this "something we've never done before", and for that reason, the program is being rolled out initially as a beta with a limited number of players able to sign up for now. For $4.99 a month, or $29.99 for a full year, gamers will be able to enjoy access to FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2 and Battlefield 4, but more games will be added to the collection soon. 

EA promises that all Xbox One users will soon be able to join EA Access, either by purchasing a subscription via Xbox Live or, soon, via GameStop stores in the US, GameStop and Amazon in Europe, and EB Games in Canada. 

Membership will also include a 10% discount on "purchases of EA digital content for Xbox One offered through the Xbox Games Store". You'll also have 'Play First' access to trials of new EA games for up to five days before they are released. Among the first games to get Play First access will be FIFA 15, NHL 15 and Dragon Age: Inquisition, among others, and more are promised. You can also choose to buy a game that you've been trialling, and your progress during the trial will be carried over to the full game after purchase. 

Source: EA

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Got an invite to this in my preview program with my Xbox One, so I'll give it a shot for $30 a year. Man you guys like to complain a lot though

you'd have to be a colosal moron of epic proportions to trust EA even the slightest. Never ever touching any of their games ever again. This is just another ploy to rake in cash after they have broken even for years now @ $60 which is daylight robbery. And low and behold its on consoles; the one platform bound to harvest wallets of its "consumers". PASS. I'll actually stick with videogame companies that actually innovate and care for its consumers, not this corporate perversion of the industry.

B0mberman said,
you'd have to be a colosal moron of epic proportions to trust EA even the slightest. Never ever touching any of their games ever again. This is just another ploy to rake in cash after they have broken even for years now @ $60 which is daylight robbery. And low and behold its on consoles; the one platform bound to harvest wallets of its "consumers". PASS. I'll actually stick with videogame companies that actually innovate and care for its consumers, not this corporate perversion of the industry.

All I see is that you seem to be raging against gaming consoles.

B0mberman said,
you'd have to be a colosal moron of epic proportions to trust EA even the slightest. Never ever touching any of their games ever again. This is just another ploy to rake in cash after they have broken even for years now @ $60 which is daylight robbery. And low and behold its on consoles; the one platform bound to harvest wallets of its "consumers". PASS. I'll actually stick with videogame companies that actually innovate and care for its consumers, not this corporate perversion of the industry.

Totally agree. EA don't care about customers, that's why every Need For Speed is just an older game rehashed, a-la Most Wanted, and most of their franchise games like FIFA are same-old-same-old stuff every year for massive cost. They also shut off online servers after 1-2 years because they're not making money. hey take forever patching games, which was the reason I gave up on them. I get sick of hearing the commentary and music on FIFA repeating itself when my girlfriend plays it, she's football mad! If I hear Jeff Stelling say, "And I've been Jeff Stelling!" ONE MORE TIME, I'll snap the disc!!

And I thought Rockstar were bad..... On the plus side this new sub thing could save people money on the same-old-same-old principles at EA, at least you won't pay full price!

B0mberman said,
you'd have to be a colosal moron of epic proportions to trust EA even the slightest. Never ever touching any of their games ever again. This is just another ploy to rake in cash after they have broken even for years now @ $60 which is daylight robbery. And low and behold its on consoles; the one platform bound to harvest wallets of its "consumers". PASS. I'll actually stick with videogame companies that actually innovate and care for its consumers, not this corporate perversion of the industry.

Ohhhhhh so thats how you do it! I was being too technical above and now I have someone trying to explain to me the similarities between this service and steam sales ffs.

EA does NOT want people doing the monthly plan, that much is clear. Anything under 6 months is a lost customer.

Apart from the fact i already own Peggle2 and BF4, and don't really like sports games, this is still a good deal and i'd be interested if they added other games.

um... something isnt adding up.

In addition to your gold payments you are paying an additional subscription with the option of paying $5/m which is $60/y or do the upfront year for half off which in itself is odd.

And the games already in the vault are pretty much coming to the end of their cycle and I was reading the FAQs, you only get limited time with the new games (1 game mode) before you have to buy the game. Its a digital download so even with the 10% off, they aren't losing anything anyways.

So it sounds to me like you're basically paying to beta test their games while having a library of games that have already reached the limits of their main sales run. And since EA and Microsoft both know Xbox owners are gullible fools this thing has cash grab written all over it.

God speed EA!

Um what?

or do the upfront year for half off which in itself is odd.

A lot of companies will give you discounts if you pay for more than one month at a time.

And the games already in the vault are pretty much coming to the end of their cycle and I was reading

But you're still getting 4-5+ games for $30 a year. That's STILL a pretty dam good game even if they aren't brand spanking new.

you only get limited time with the new games (1 game mode) before you have to buy the game.

It clearly states TRIAL in the article. Not full game.

1. They never mentioned anything about gold only, I look up both EA and Major Nelson's blogs and the FAQ

2. There're many questions still, such as how many games will there be after the beta, what about new games, do games pile up or cycle, will you get the 10% off in addition to Deal with Gold sales ? etc.

3. Some people don't care about playing on Day 1, so even if it's just 6-7 months old games - it could still appeal for some users.

So, it's too early to decide if it's a good deal or not.

1. Incentivising people to commit $30/year over $5/month is not odd. It's how a lot of subscription models work.
2. There is no time limit to the games you play from the vault, and progress is saved in the games if you suspend your subscription and renew it at a later date.
3. Early access (up to five days in advance of release) is not really beta testing - in fact, many of these betas like the Destiny beta is not really beta as it is final code. It is simply neat that you get five days ahead of everyone else to play a game (good advantage for multiplayer), as well as the fact you get the game at a 10% discount.
4. Many people purchase games some time after release, but typically can't get them at a such a discounted price. Also, the current library is for the beta phase of the program - more will be added.

-Razorfold said,
Um what?


A lot of companies will give you discounts if you pay for more than one month at a time.


But you're still getting 4-5+ games for $30 a year. That's STILL a pretty dam good game even if they aren't brand spanking new.


It clearly states TRIAL in the article. Not full game.


um what indeed.

I haven't heard of a single service that offers a 50% off subscription just because you were nice enough to pay up front.

Those 4-5+ games, again, are just games out of cycle. EA doesn't care about them anymore.

I know you're not getting the full game, I clearly pointed that out.

What exactly was your point anyways?

I haven't heard of a single service that offers a 50% off subscription just because you were nice enough to pay up front.

So nobody can do it just because it hasn't been done before?

Those 4-5+ games, again, are just games out of cycle. EA doesn't care about them anymore.

But guess what they still cost more than they would if you got them through this. Also BF4 is hardly out of cycle, and if more games come on board then it'll be an even better deal. There are a lot of people who don't buy new games until they go on a really good sale, which usually takes a couple of months. Getting it through this is pretty similar. I hardly ever buy full priced games on Steam anymore I know in a few months Steam will have their summer / winter / fall / weekend etc sale and it'll be even cheaper. So might as well wait, not like the game is going to be completely different later in the year.

Then you have the 10% discount. Sure 10% is not great or anything but it's across their entire product line and DLCs too. You'd easily be getting your money back if EA keeps this updated and doesn't forget about it down the line.

What exactly was your point anyways?

What was your point about something not adding up? The only point you have is "hm if I pay for a year I get a 50% discount".

ok, after reading the presser, I picked something up.

We have partnered with Microsoft to deliver EA Access, an all-new monthly (or annual) membership for gamers exclusively on Xbox One that starts at just $4.99 a month.


seems like there will be different subscription levels. The $4.99 a month probably doesn't include new releases. They may have another level, say $9.99 a month that does include the new releases.

"Starting at" refers to $4.99 a month as the starting point, with the other price point at $30 a year.

And agreed - $120 a year for new games would be a steal.

DClark said,
"Starting at" refers to $4.99 a month as the starting point, with the other price point at $30 a year.

ahh, got it.

It almost seems too good, right? I'd pay $30 a year for this considering I play most games for 3-4 months before moving on...so if I can play 4 games a year for $30, that's a huge savings.

fusi0n said,
Someone is going to find a reason to bash this. But, I think it's great.

I'm gonna be the one to bite...

the deal is great...
But games made from EA themselves as of late have sucked... bad...

What's so great about it? You already have to pay for the Xbox Live Gold fee, then the cost of buying the game, and now a subscription in order to play the game you just bought?

fusi0n said,
Someone is going to find a reason to bash this. But, I think it's great.

Someone can find a reason to bash free stuff also, there's always someone *lol*

Darkthunder said,
What's so great about it? You already have to pay for the Xbox Live Gold fee, then the cost of buying the game, and now a subscription in order to play the game you just bought?

I personally think you're having reading comprehension issues

warwagon said,

Stopped reading at EA..... How was that?

I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancing through the fire
'Cause I am a champion and you're gonna hear me roar
Louder, louder than a lion
'Cause I am a champion and you're gonna hear me roar
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
You're gonna hear me roar

Now I'm floating like a butterfly
Stinging like a bee I earned my stripes
I went from zero, to my own hero

You held me down, but I got up (HEY!)
Already brushing off the dust
You hear my voice, you hear that sound
Like thunder gonna shake the ground
You held me down, but I got up (HEY!)
Get ready 'cause I've had enough
I see it all, I see it now

bdsams said,
It almost seems too good, right? I'd pay $30 a year for this considering I play most games for 3-4 months before moving on...so if I can play 4 games a year for $30, that's a huge savings.

Not only that, but considering multiplayer games like Battlefield 4 and Madden lose players when a newer version is released, it could easily spare you from the pain of starting up an older game only to remember that nobody plays it anymore.

Not a bad idea I'd say. Would be nice if it wasn't just with Xbox One though...

fusi0n said,
Someone is going to find a reason to bash this. But, I think it's great.

Allowing people to play the games 5 days before everyone else is a bad idea as those without the subscription will have spoilers all over the internet and not being able to join in with games with their friends because they can't afford to or because they are too young to own a credit card.

torrentthief said,

Allowing people to play the games 5 days before everyone else is a bad idea as those without the subscription will have spoilers all over the internet and not being able to join in with games with their friends because they can't afford to or because they are too young to own a credit card.

So its no different from people who cant or wont buy a game now and wait until they have the funds and/or when its on sale and they have to avoid spoilers all over the internet and not join with their friends who already have the games... How hard can it be to avoid the spoilers? You have to actively look for a spoiler they just pop up on your screen. You see a topic in the forums about a game that's been out for a while then avoid it.

rocksturdy said,

I personally think you're having reading comprehension issues

Well excuuuuse me. Since it wasn't spelled out in the article, I mistakenly assumed the cost of buying the game was still necessary. If that's not the case, perhaps it should've been written more clearly. As I am still running Xbox 360 (since Microsoft didn't launch Xbox One in my country yet, and I don't want to import one), this means very little to me at current. If on the other hand, it's only 5 bucks a month to play BF4, that might be interesting (if applicable to Xbox 360 as well).

didn't mean to sound like I was jumping on your case
but it was written in the article that gamers will enjoy access to *games mentioned*
also, right now it's only for xbox one, not sure if they will include 360 at a later date though.

Darkthunder said,

Well excuuuuse me. Since it wasn't spelled out in the article, I mistakenly assumed the cost of buying the game was still necessary. If that's not the case, perhaps it should've been written more clearly. As I am still running Xbox 360 (since Microsoft didn't launch Xbox One in my country yet, and I don't want to import one), this means very little to me at current. If on the other hand, it's only 5 bucks a month to play BF4, that might be interesting (if applicable to Xbox 360 as well).