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.