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Submitted by HugoDrax 85d ago | news

EA announces EA Access subscription service for Xbox One

EA ACCESS $5 a month (or $30 a year) nets you unlimited access to a bunch of EA games. Today, EA revealed EA Access, an Xbox One exclusive subscription service that grants players access to EA's so-called Vault. (EA, Microsoft, Xbox One)

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MorePowerOfGreen  +   85d ago
Options are good. http://www.ea.com/news/ea-a... It's a smart idea for EA and MSFT because EA has so many annual games and is the reason I don't buy sports games.
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xHeavYx  +   85d ago
It's a smart idea yes, but I think that excluding Titanfall is a mistake
OpieWinston  +   85d ago
Considering Titanfall sells fine on it's own right now. I don't think it's a mistake.

It'll keep selling.
xHeavYx  +   85d ago
@Opie
Can you please tell me how you know Titanfall is selling well? I'm just asking because I tried to look for sale figures and couldn't find anything
Mr Pumblechook  +   85d ago
PlayStation 4 is the new generation market leader yet absurdly EA has partnered with Microsoft making this exclusive to Xbox One. This speaks volumes. It highlights the strength of the Peter Moore & Phil Spencer relationship and of the power of Microsoft dollars.
Corpser  +   85d ago
Titanfall is the best selling xb1 game, makes no sense to include it in "the vault", maybe next year
ZodTheRipper   85d ago | Trolling | show
gaffyh  +   85d ago
Nice to see EA can see where gaming is going.
Magnes  +   85d ago
@Mr Pumblechook Peter Moore is a former MS employee. EA makes no secret they prefer MS console.
Eonjay  +   85d ago
Business wise its very smart. A nice business move for multiple reasons.

+1 for business sense.

Edit.
@Mages
I'm the greatest Sony fan but you are wrong. Personal preference only gets you so far in business. Its about money. Yes EA may have shot itself in the foot with Titanfall, but rest assured, they got paid. Whats good for the consumer is not always whats good for the bottom line.
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gaffyh  +   85d ago
@disagrees - I meant the fact that gaming will probably end up as a subscription service I.e. Netflix,
maniacmayhem  +   85d ago
Are there any links that say Titanfall isn't selling well?
xHeavYx  +   85d ago
@Maniac
No, but no one said anything about Titanfall not selling well. I just wanted to know where Opie got the info that Titanfall is selling good
sonarus  +   85d ago
titanfall sold well dunno if its still selling well but for next gen exclusive it did well sales wise.

honestly dis news makes me a bit jealous. i would have probably delved in if this was for ps4
mhunterjr  +   85d ago
@mrpumplechook

Do you think that partnerships should only go to market leaders? Its a good thing the world doesn't work that way...
nicksetzer1  +   85d ago
I find it hilarious how people on this site will manage to downplay anything. This is an amazing program and it is exactly what I and many people have been hoping for. Honestly, at 30$ it is even more exciting than I had expected. Seeing EA doing it first is the only surprise. As long as the catalog continues to grow over time, I cannot wait.
BlackTar187  +   85d ago
So can we all agree that and put it to bed once and for all that EA is not a neutral company. They are so in bed with MS that it just further paints how much alike EA and MS really are in their lies.

It's Absurd to think how many times MS and EA have lied to everyone on multiple occasions. Yes i have a Sbox one and this still stings becasue it shows what great lengths EA will go to play favorites to one console.
Death  +   85d ago
EA is the company responsible for driving the Dreamcast out of business. They pledged full support to the Playstation and no support for Sega's console. It's ironic that Peter Moore was the head of Sega at the time.

As for EA showing bias, it's also possible the same offer was made to Sony and they turned it down. Without knowing, forming an educated opinion is difficult at best.
Dlacy13g  +   85d ago
@xHeavYx I think Titanfall is not on the list as its not EA owned IP. Titalfall is merely a parntership that EA is the publisher of the game on.
XBLSkull  +   85d ago
Not a huge EA fan but renting 4 games for $5 a month is pretty sweet, spin that however you want. Plus another 5 titles on the way this fall.
juggulator  +   85d ago
EA truly just wants to sell more to more people.Not entirely a bad thing in their eyes. It seems like they may not include newer games though but it would be cool so play something like Dragon age Inquisition for $5 a month.
mixolydian_id  +   85d ago
Titanfall sold 3 mill (all consoles)

Halo 1-3 sold 10 mill each

Infamous sold 1.5 mill
creatchee  +   85d ago
@Death

"Without knowing, forming an educated opinion is difficult at best."

*Looks at comments*

I see what you did there :)
tbone567  +   85d ago
Oh yeah. Incredible value for EA games only on Xbox One? Wow.
dedicatedtogamers  +   85d ago
Looks like that "unparalleled partnership" between Microsoft and EA continues...

Seems like a neat way to catch up on the EA backlog, but I don't see how this is superior to Gamefly or PS+

I sincerely hope, however, that this isn't the wave of the future. Imagine EA Access, Activision Access, CAPCOM access, etc. and then those companies start adding in exclusive content only available through their Access subscriptions. PS+ already does this with Betas and early releases of certain things.
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Insomnia_84  +   85d ago
Oh, look! It's the two worst companies in the U.S getting in bed together AGAIN!

http://www.polygon.com/2014...

http://www.lazygamer.net/ge...

More reasons to STAY AWAY FROM XBOX!
fr0sty  +   85d ago
...and microsoft continues their transition to "Games as a service". I get the feeling like they want to move on to that exclusively.

That isn't to say Sony isn't flirting with it too. Hell, PS+ and PSNow are both prime examples of games as a service.
Sitdown  +   85d ago
@ZodTheRipper
I completely agree, I'm glad the ps4 lacks this option, because?.... :-/ But seriously if you are knocking this, then I'm pretty sure you are just as vocal against Sony's approaching service that currently appears to have a higher price tag. Seriously though, unless you got stock in Sony.... Calm down.
SmielmaN  +   85d ago
EA partnering with MS makes me think of a rich a$$hole paying his prostitute.
4Sh0w  +   85d ago
Ohh yeah! We are getting closer to that future digital platform with better deals. I don't buy a lot of EA games but for $30 a year and 10% on EA digital games I'm definitely going to be playing more of them. Damm I keep trying to put gaming on the back burner due to other commitments but its so hard when stuff like this happens, I mean its a great deal, I don't want to miss out but where in the hell will I find the time? -It's a nice problem to have I suppose.

Edit>> Oh come on, I don't get the hate, I think something like this has always been in Microsoft original digital plans. I bet if this was a EA/Sony new partnership everyone hating would be screaming from the mountain tops how great sony is for securing such a partnership. It's the same damm thing everytime, micro/exclusive deal is always bad, but Sony having exclusive deals are always treated like they partnered with sony for love. It's business and maybe Microsoft pulled out the check book or EA thinks it fits better on X1 who cares the reason if its successful then no doubt ps4 will get something similar from EA or other 3rd party devs. Its a great deal if you want to still play a lot of games that you don't necessarily want to buy= $5 per month or better $30 a year. It's a win, win situation for X1 owners since if you don't like it you don't have to use the service.
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system22  +   85d ago
As of May titanfall had sold 925,000 copies specifically in the US specifically on Xbox one. That doesn't include any other markets like the UK and others where titanfall has remained in the top 10 til this day. It also doesn't take into account digital sales which are on the rise. I think it's safe to say its a good selling game.
BattleAxe  +   85d ago
Subscriptions, DLC, F2P/P2W Micro-Transactions, Subscriptions, DLC, F2P/P2W Micro-Transactions, ..... welcome to the next gen, where the only things that have evolved (or devolved depending on your point of view) are the payment schemes.....yuk!
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MeliMel  +   85d ago
No its not a mistake. Plus you guys know it will eventually be on the service.
Pogmathoin  +   85d ago
There is nothing bad about this deal. Zod, obviously not what you have been smoking. You are a negative machine. Heres a suggestion, play a game. You do have a console, right?
PeaSFor  +   85d ago
EArly Access, So they are just delaying games for a week so they can make people pay more..

EA can barely release a finished product on their normal release schedule and they want me to pay $5 to play it even earlier?LULZ!
k3rn3ll  +   85d ago
Well there's this is regards to titanfall http://www.vgchartz.com/wee...

Its not exact statement buts it's the closest we got. Id say thats pretty good for 4 months after the release along with having the smaller jnstall base. But it is vgchartz
ABizzel1  +   85d ago
The service has potential, but I seriously doubt EA is willing to do much to make the service a must have for most people.

It seems like a "play the games EA released last year" for $30, since by next year their games generally stop selling all together.

The price is worth it, but the game selection is up in the air. Personally I'm not a fan of sports games so this isn't for me, but if they add more games like Mirror's Edge, Mass Effect, Burnout, Need for Speed, etc... then it could be a really good service.

I don't understand how they can have a $5/mo. and $30/yr service which makes me believe that they're probably going to increase the price of the annual service to $50/yr. if the service takes off and get popular. It'll still be a good deal though.

Great move for MS, but once again it's stupid of EA to align with a single platform.
cgoodno  +   85d ago
If you're only going to include certain games and not all EA games, then what's the point?

This looks to me like a way to get people to pay for things they normally wouldn't buy.

It's smart business, just not for me.
4Sh0w  +   85d ago
"If you're only going to include certain games and not all EA games, then what's the point?"

Uhmm the point is you get to play more games for less, my guess is EA has done some research and figured out this will be an added revenue vs the used game sales that they get 0 revenue from now. Again, in regards to the consumer they get to play more games, which yes they might have otherwise passed on but instead they pay a fraction of the price. It's sort of like me saying imo Madden isn't worth $60, $50, or $40 to me but hey I'll check it out for $20, $10 or cheaper. So for some it's not that they don't want to play certain games but the price is a barrier as its not worth full price to them, no different than buying from a brick n mortar when the game is cheap, only difference is here they are or will be conveniently in one place( EA games).

Sure their not going to include brand new titles as the free game in the Vault, its possible on a rare occasions but definitely not going to be the norm. That's like asking sony to give away their new releases on ps+ for a small subscription fee. No the idea behind this service from EA is to let you play more games that you passed on AND give benefits like early access to try new games AND let you buy new games 10% off AND even let your progress carry over to the new retail game should you choose to purchase it. So essentially besides the older games you can play select new games for 5 days without purchase.

It's not some "OMG" new feature but imo it's certainly nice to have. I see more of this incoming for both consoles.
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Wizard_King  +   84d ago
All this whole thing says to me is don't buy a console at all. They are just designed to bleed money out of you at every step. Consoles stopped being about the pure games ages ago. Sad really as PS1\2, N64 & earlier were the kings of pure games.

You could save all that wasted cash paying just to play online and on those over priced console games and peripherals and get yourself a kick ass gaming rig. Once you do that never look back.

If this is what a majority of you consider gaming is and is moving to then I want no part in it and prefer to be called a PC enthusiast, over a gamer. No gamers I now like the idea of this.

EA has never made a game worth a yearly sub to access to begin with, why anyone thinks this fee is a good thing is so far beyond me.

EA = Cancer
MS = AIDS

EA + MS = I shudder thinking of the baby
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cgoodno  +   83d ago
***Uhmm the point is you get to play more games for less, my guess is EA has done some research and figured out this will be an added revenue vs the used game sales that they get 0 revenue from now.***

And yet by excluding certain games you risk a greater chance that someone won't subscribe to the service.

Myself as an example. If EA is going to have primarily sport games as the option, then I don't care. I don't pay for those even if they cost just $5 nor do I play them. Same with multiplayer FPS.

But, if they threw in some of their single-player focused shooters, actions/adventure, and rpgs... I'd at least consider it.

You see, you add more because the more options there are, the more potential subscribers you will have.
AngelicIceDiamond  +   85d ago
I have to say this is very interesting.

Play trials of the new games that's great. Mass Effect 4, Mirrors Edge 2 Battlefront will also take advantage of this hopefully.

That's sounds fantastic.

Especially when they start to get the newer games on there ready to play. Now I'll wait until I get the absolute full details on this. Wait and see how EA will executes this.
ZodTheRipper   85d ago | Trolling | show
testerg35  +   85d ago
Zod,so you're a new moron that pays for online gaming? Is that what you're calling PS4 users? Trying to figure out what you're saying.
Brim  +   85d ago
Oh look now you guys pay for a online service and $5 games that belong in the mobile marketplace....and yet people cheer for PSNOW and paying $14 for 24 Hours for a game that came out 10 years ago... go away ... I'm not saying this service is great because i need to hear more but why come into a post about Xbox if you do not like it?.. Disappear please.
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AngelicIceDiamond  +   85d ago
@Zod Chill your fanboyism. Seriously get it under control because you sound hell a salty its comical.

That's why I said its a wait and see if they can pull this off.

But it sounds cool I guess expressing some sort of excitement angers you to death. Not my issue so fix yours.

"Morons. But hey, the same target group paid for online gaming and Skype for a whole decade so who's to blame?"

Your attacking Xbox not EA's service.

Who's the true moron here? And a mad and salty one at that?

Get lost I don't got time to put up with your fanboy kiddy tantrums.
christocolus  +   85d ago
@angelice

I think this is good news. Its good to see MS partnering with more publishers but im wondering why all the usual suspects are here again attacking this article? Its just another xbx one article..so why are they here?..smh

As i was saying there's also a full year subscription which is a better deal than the monthly one. Millions of people buy EA games yearly..this gives xbx owners a chance to try a number of them out before buying. Nice. Go on to the xbx one subreddit forums if you want to get a clearer picture of how it will work. There are some really great discussions going on there& major N is on there now.
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Death  +   85d ago
Zod,

You are getting indies and older games on Plus too. Why pretend EA's service is different than Sony's? You can't praise one and diss the other if you want anyone to take you seriously.
Bigpappy  +   85d ago
Because I buy my games digitally, I have no choice but to pay that $30 for the year and getting 10% of Digital downloads. Lets hope M$ drops the price of 1st party digital by 10% for Gold subscribers as well.
Dread  +   85d ago
@Zod

So xbox live users are morons, but i guess the sony fans who now have to pay to play online are fine. Lets not call them morons because I bet u have some sort of argument to distinguish them, as I am sure ur not a hypocrite.

Edit: I take that back, u are a hypocrite.
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DLConspiracy  +   85d ago
@Zod

You seem to be getting upset and your posts are starting to show it more and more lately. Calling people morons in the comments section is kind of uncalled for. I can almost guarantee your reaction would be completely different if this was for PS4.
mixolydian_id  +   85d ago
So.... If you normally buy one EA game per year at 30£...

You can get a subscription that gives you all their digital games for free?

You can see why xbox was pushing the drm "fiasco".

Nda killed that idea... But this could be amazing if it's exactly what seems to be
k3rn3ll  +   85d ago
Why wouldnt you be able to play fifa 15 next fall when 16 comes out? 14 is one of the games included. People want to bash EA for annualizing sports games but here they are offering them all for $30 a year but a year after release. The whole argument against EA sports titles annualized is people dont feel the new ones are worth paying $60 for. So EA answers with "ok if you feel that way pay $30 a year and play them all after a year." So why are the some haters before hating now? They just catered to you all. If someone really does feel that way then you should have no problem paying $30 for all those titles. Unless of course all of em were just hating to hate. But that would never happen right?

How did you get so many bubbles insulting people and making comments like this? I for one buy Tiger, FIFA, and Madden every year. And I love doing so cuz I feel I get my moneys worth. With 10% off im saving $18 a year on those titles alone. Not to mention games like Titanfall, Battlefield, Mass Effect, Stars Wars, Dragon Age and other no yearly games sprinkled in tgere and my subscription will pay for itself. Oh and 10% off DLC too? Ye a get out of here man cuz your comments hold no weight here. Can't beleive im saying this but GG EA! And GG MS as well! Haters gon' hate
ramiuk1  +   85d ago
starts at $4.99 so its gonna be more as they havent detailed packages.
but even if it is little more its a decent deal.
there is way to many things going off with MS and EA,im suspicious now asfter this reveal.

i dont see why EA would be willing to lose so much money,the sub is half the price of 1 game.
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parkesy78  +   85d ago
Because when it officially launches it will be all old games not new releases
mrpsychoticstalker  +   84d ago
I agree this is a huge win for Microsoft, this is the future of video games. I can't wait for this to come out. It's a day one for me. Fifa 15..... 5 days before it comes out. That sounds great!
Mystogan  +   85d ago
This is a huge win for Xbox.
AngelicIceDiamond  +   85d ago
If EA executes this properly then yes I can agree this will be a huge win for X1 owners no doubt.
Angerfist  +   85d ago
People can disagree all they want but EA is still the 3rd Party Publisher with the most popular franchises and IF they add Games in a regular manner to the Vault this will be a hit.

But if this is just a paid Demo section where can play the games for 2 Days and then have to buy them it stinks. If not count me in.
turdburgler1080  +   85d ago
This is what happens when Sony gets so full of themselves they start taking swipes at EA during E3. What did you think was going to happen Sony? No one likes being made fun especially not a massive publishing company.
DigitalRaptor  +   85d ago
@ turdburgler

Ah right, forgive me. EA isn't going to be publishing their games on the console that makes them more money (Sony), because of spite. They have such bitterness towards Sony that they made this deal to spite them... /s

That is why Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare is coming to PS4 next month, right? Seriously… this sounds like nothing more than a losing brand to attempt to gain ground and marketshare by making a deal with the company that is voted as the worst company in America, right next to them. It baffles me how EA could continue to be so stupid to accept an offer from the console that is less supported than PS4...

And that is why my theory is this…

Titanfall exclusivity is up (we all knew it was coming anyway)… but MS paid a lot of money for its development and marketing, so this is the deal they made so that Titanfall can come to PS4, and Xbowners get decent deals on old games in return. Will be interesting if my theory is correct.
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BattleTorn  +   85d ago
Hahahahaha "options are good"

That is definitely the best spin one can put on being provided new avenues to give a company more of your money.
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Death  +   85d ago
Live, PSNow, PS+, and EA"s Vault are all avenues to spend money. Vault subscribers won't necessarily give more, this may be what they do instead of buying all new releases. B4 is $60, for half that you can subscribe to Vault for a year and still have access to it. The value for Plus is the same, if you aren't getting your subscription fee's worth of games to play you are most likely doing something wrong.
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Athonline  +   85d ago
@Death:

The EA's Vault is $30 (£20) per year. Half the price of the B4. Plus you get discounts on DLCs.

Imo the price is right, as long as they put some context.

I'll get it, £20 is simply one less fancy burger next time I 'm in London or I'll simply sell my FIFA 14 disc. I just hope E.A will support this properly and add titles
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harrisk954  +   85d ago
The idea seems really good, but read the TOS and see the "fine print":

http://www.ea.com/eaaccess/...

"As part of the EA Access Services, members with an active subscription are offered (1) the ability to play a limited trial of certain EA Content 5 days prior to the date that EA Content is otherwise available on the Xbox Marketplace (“Play First”), (2) discounts on EA Content offered through the Xbox Marketplace (“Discounts”); and (3) access to a limited library of certain EA Content (“Vault Title(s)”) for unlimited online play (“Vault Access”) for the duration of their availability in the Vault. Limitations and exclusions may apply. For upcoming EA Content eligible for Play First and Discounts, and for current EA Content available in the Vault, and current details on other membership benefits, see http://www.ea.com/eaaccess. Certain EA Content may be excluded from Play First, the Vault, and/or Discounts; see http://www.ea.com/eaaccess for details on such exclusions as they become available."
_____________________

Basically, it for access to a "limited library of certain EA titles" (Understood that they will likely not give out new games)

"for unlimited ONLINE PLAY" (no single player included at this point)

for the "duration of their availability in the vault." (the title is only playable while available in the vault. Title gets removed from the vault, it is no longer playable)

Also, a "limited trial of certain EA titles 5 days before release on XBox Marketplace"... (So, full access or partial access?)

"Limitations and Exclusions apply" (Obviously not all games available and can be pulled at any time from the vault)

The 10% off thing sounds good on new games.

But, need to see what games are available and if it is going to be "online play" only as it states in the TOS, then I am not so sure how good a deal it is.
Gh05t  +   85d ago
"Understood that they will likely not give out new games"

They say Dragon Age inquisition... is that not new enough? I would say its mostly for EA owned games and not all EA published games will be available. Only time will tell.

"no single player included at this point"

Or the unlimited online refers to the fact you cant get EA Access without being connected online. i.e. you cant watch digital netflix movies without being online, but you get unlimited online movies that are offered.

"the title is only playable while available in the vault. Title gets removed from the vault, it is no longer playable"

Why waste server resources if no one is playing a game. Not to mention if they do have content where they are just the publishers than there would be some licensing agreements which would have an end date.

This TOS seems extremely standard with nothing that pops out at me that isn't in any TOS from any service like this.
lelo  +   85d ago
I suspect EA are pretty pissed at Sony for not supporting the online DRM that was originally planed for the X1. Microsoft was already on board, but Sony screwed their plans by going the other way. I've seen quite a lot of support lately from EA to the X1... Titanfall, FIFA exclusive deals, time exclusive games, etc... and now this EA Access subscription service.

EA don't seem happy with Sony.
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Ra3030  +   85d ago
@lelo
Is anyone happy with EA. When was the last time EA did a single thing right? I'm putting my money on the screwing this up as well. On another note why would anyone support this I thought pretty much everyone hated EA or did the last I heard. Lol ....funny thing is with EA and this program the more successful this is the more it will cost and or the less you'll get...bank on that because it's the EA way.
LOL_WUT  +   85d ago
True and with this it also means they'll probably won't be any EA games for PS NOW ;)
JackBNimble  +   85d ago
Yes... what ever happened to the EVIL EMPIRE of EA?
Kidmyst  +   84d ago
This isn't a bad deal, might move some Xbone consoles and it'll be interesting how it does. But the last time I checked, EA has been the worst company or second worst for the last several years and doesn't treat gamers very well even for what they pay for, IE: Battlefield 3 bugs, Spore bugs, Sim City Bugs, and when gamers complain their accounts are suspended. EA was a big backer of the DRM and no rental policies too.
StrangerX  +   85d ago
WOOOHOOO! very good idea for those that want to just play temporarily the sports games that come every single year and wont cost them that much. I.E no middle men!
FanboyKilla  +   85d ago
i love it!!! hearing you fanboys cry and whine. its ok when sony and bungie partner up. but when ms and ea do it they're the devil. lmfao if you weren't a fanboy you wouldnt be missing out. if they're selling it, you can buy it you know? i loooove this idea. good work ms. they're looking like chickens with their heads cut off. they were no where near ready for whats bout to go down. xbox one now $399.
jkendrick  +   85d ago
@fanboykilla

Boy I guess that deal with Bungie is gonna stop you from playing Destiny. /s

Playstation owners, EA wanted the drM and since it blew up in Microsoft face, they are determined to take it out on us PS gamers. From this point on if I am interested in a EA game I will wait till its in the bargain bin.
cee773  +   85d ago
EA are pretty much further devaluing its games its good for gamers and all but why buy any EA game at this point if it could just as well be free someday I hope it works out for them but I can see A Ps+ or Games with gold effect happening on A much larger level with all EA games. By the time EA's fixed all the bugs in their games it will be free lol (looks @ battlefield 4).

If you own an xbox one why buy EA games at this point besides the sports titles This could bite EA in the ass .

50/50
1Victor  +   85d ago
Ok this worries me "Play First – Membership in EA Access lets you experience trials of new EA games up to five days before the release date.* It starts with Madden NFL 15, NHL 15, FIFA 15, NBA LIVE 15, and Dragon Age: Inquisition, but more are on the way.👉👉 If you decide to buy the game, your progress will carry over so you can pick up right where you left off.👈👈
To me it looks like you're paying for demos and not the full games correct me if I'm wrong or explain it clearer than the press release please
Couldntfindasn  +   85d ago
It sounds to me like a full game trial(not a demo)playable up to the date of release. Trials and Demos are two different services. Trial is usually a full game on a limited time frame like a week or a certain number of hours. A Demo is a limited version of the game, usually playable over and over again. EA has done stuff like this in the past with their other services i believe.
Blaze929  +   85d ago
Niiiice - at $30 a year this is a STEAL. Regardless of how you view it otherwise.

Good move Microsoft, things like this make Xbox One a very nice console to own :)
Sayai jin  +   85d ago
I am in the Xbox Early Preview Update Beta Team. I received a message from MS with my code to download the EA Access App. It was a pretty simple process. Memberships run from $4.99 monthly or $29.99 yearly. I chose the yearly, because my sons play a lot of EA games. They already downloaded Madden and FIFAA for free. So the subscription already paid off for us got a $100 to $120 worth of games already. Seems like a advantageous deal so far.
Lennoxb63  +   85d ago
I see all these programs like GWG, PS plus, and now EA Access, as ways to get people to constantly buy the game's DLC. Instead of paying the initial $60 then buying a season pass or DLC separate. So I think $5/month or $30/year is a steal.
smt_Nocturne  +   85d ago
Anyone remember this ?
http://n4g.com/news/1543320...

did they said you will play a full games for 5$ per month ?
or it is just a bigger demons ?
masonmcglasson  +   85d ago
This is a great feature for a lot of people. However, I sure do hope this, Netflix, and many other services do not start the business of streaming media (games, music, movies, etc) only. I'm a huge fan of owning my content. I don't want to have to pay monthly subscriptions to continue paying for things I could have bought.

I prefer physical but digital hasn't been so bad. Digital has a lot of conveniences. What I worry about digital is what happens the publisher of that digital media decides to pull it from their servers and you can no longer download it/play it. That is one reason why I will always prefer to own physical media over digital. However, if I am guaranteed to have the ability to download games I've bought digitally for life... then that's great. I've bought many games off of PSN but these are games I'm willing to lose if they are ever no longer available. Games I still continue to buy physically are games I wouldn't ever want the chance of not being able to play again.

I have also received a lot of games from PSN for free. However, I understand they are not mine and I won't be able to play them if I am no longer a subscriber. Which is pretty much what EA has brought out. I have nothing against this because this would allow me to play the EA games I didn't by the year they came out... For a low price. However, games new versions of Madden, FIFA, Battlefield, etc likely won't be available to rent the year they that they release. You will be able to try them out for a few hours but you will still have to buy the game at the store for full price or digitally with a 10% discount. Then in "x" months the games should be available for rent through this service.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not bashing this service. I think it will be great for gamers that aren't big into collecting their games. All my negativity is due to ownership vs service based subscriptions. I don't want the way of digital media to be subscription based like Pandora, Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc. Don't get me wrong, I am a subscriber of Netflix and I use it all the time. It allows me to watch movies I normally wouldn't watch. PSN has allowed me to play games that I normally wouldn't have bought for the past 2-3 years (I subscribed to PSN the day it was released). Now XBL has added Games for Gold and now EA is stepping into this business practice. One thing I hate about PSN/XBL is that they force me to subscribe (used to just be XBL) to pay a game online that I already purchased. This service is great for Sony and MS from a business standpoint but it is a little disappointing for consumers that already payed $60 for a brand new game. It also brings benefits to the consumers as well and that is based off the profits they receive from this service. They can use these profits to bring better servers, better stability, new features, etc. The reason why I'm not against the PS+ is because it wasn't a requirement to play online before and it provided games with discounts, tons of free games, etc. It still provides me with tons of free games and discounts but now no matter what... I have to be a subscriber to play online.

So in conclusion this new service is great for anyone that hasn't purchased any EA game this year... this will be an amazing deal for them (you can't beat it to be honest). $30 a year is nothing to pay for hours of entertainment. To be honest, even if it was $50 a year, it would still be a great deal. MS and EA have a nice partnership and this will be great for a lot of Xbox 1 owners.
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XiSasukeUchiha  +   84d ago
@MPOG

Sigh, man the two "worst" game companies are collide confirmation of DRM?
DeforMAKulizer  +   85d ago
Nice, so a PS+ like thing on Xbox One for EA Games.

Wonder if Sony will work to get it to there console.
Nitrowolf2  +   85d ago
I dont think ea would miss the chance if it hits on X1.
KwietStorm  +   85d ago
Yep. Just like Titanfall..
BlackTar187  +   85d ago
EA and MS are sharing beds together. The lie they say about being neutral is just that a lie.
mixolydian_id  +   85d ago
Exclusivity deal?

Sony wanting to push PSnow?

Ideal world, bring it over!...but it's controversial to their own plans to lift subscription money from their customers pockets.
christian hour  +   85d ago
I think Sony would be more interested in getting EA games on to their streaming game service PSNow, but that would NEVER happen. I dont buy much EA games but for people like my bro who get the yearly sports titles this is great news, and he was still on the fence as to whether he should get a PS4 or XB1 so this will definitely help him decide, I'll go tell him the good news!
Godmars290  +   85d ago
That's likely what this is: a move against PSNow. If other companies followsuit, create their own services whether they be multi or XB1 exclusive, its only going to hurt Sony if they catch on.
Death  +   85d ago
If I were EA or Ubi and seen a chance to stream my games while eliminating retailers and platform royalties I would jump at it. PSNow if it works can kill the bulk of Playstations third party support if it takes off. EA has talked about entering the console market for decades. Streaming may be the solution they have been looking for.
rainslacker  +   85d ago
Sony would have to pay EA to have games on their streaming service. No publisher is likely to give out a big part of their library for free. Netflix has to pay publishers for their free streaming content. If Sony and EA come to a deal where it benefits them both, then you will see EA games on PSNow. Revenue is revenue regardless of how it's obtained, and I wouldn't put it past EA to put this service on PS4 if it's successful on X1.
nunley33  +   85d ago
This isn't a move against PSNow i believe, it serves a different purpose than this would. I see this much more as a strike at gamestop, PSNow also.
nunley33  +   85d ago
@rainslacker EA could very well put some games on PSNow later if this MS deal doesn't prevent it. If any titles goes into the service it's wouldn't be free, there would be a rental fee. There are some free titles in it now but most aren't and it would be up to them. EA has offered several games to PlayStation Plus in the past, EA was paid for those also just like the NOW games would be. This isn't like NETFLIX and there's only a per game charge right now, one may come later and the beta has been doing well.
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masonmcglasson  +   85d ago
This EA thing isn't a streaming service. It's a subscription based rental system. You download the game, you play the game, you pay the monthly costs. So basically it's a copy of PS+ but for only EA games.

Netflix and PSNow are streaming services. This EA service is like Netflix and PSNOw in the fact that you are renting the game instead of owning the game.
jackanderson1985  +   85d ago
not really like a PS+ thing, you download the titles so no streaming, it's sub based not a per title base...
DeforMAKulizer  +   85d ago
I didnt say PS Now.

Everyone is comparing it to Netflix or PS Now, when in fact it is PS+.

Getting free games every now and then, and discounts on upcoming games.
Godmars290  +   85d ago
"I didnt say PS Now."

Its still going to be measured against PSnow. Likely going to effect XBL, as that subscription service tries to measure/catch up to PS+.
Death  +   85d ago
Live and Plus have been an apples and oranges comparison since Plus was released. In the past we subscribed to Plus for the "free" games. Live has been a matchmaking service since the 90's. With the PS4 Sony decided to make Plus a requirement to play online. Microsoft recently started giving out free games to existing subscribers. Both services are evolving into similar match making/rental services over time. Let's not pretend only one is "catching up".
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Godmars290  +   85d ago
@Death:
No, PSN and XBL have been at odds. One gave you unrestricted access to apps, the other required an additional paid subscription for things like Netflix. that was a constant argument.

When PS+ showed up, the Xbox camp tried to compare it to XBL Gold, made it into a joke, but it kept improving as a discount and leasing service while XBL not only stayed the same but increased it's rate. Eventually it had to start offering games as well.

Now what EA is doing is putting up and redrawing fences. Will likely effect any plans Sony had for including their titles in either PS+ or PSNow.

Also, in regards to your 2.2.2 comment, how is this going to cut down on EA's console licensing? They're still going to be offering their titles on the PS3/PS4, and are probably giving MS a cut of subscription fees.
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Darkstares  +   85d ago
Games on Gold differed in the fact Xbox owners kept those games regardless of continuing the service. I might be mistaken but I think that has changed on the XB1 to be more like PS+.

This is very interesting because now that the XB1 will be offering pre-purchasing like the PS4 does XBox owners will be able to play day one and get a 10% discount for digital purchases. That pays for itself on the monthly option.

Where things get tricky is access to older titles. EA is notorious for pulling server support after the game gets old. So I doubt we will see a huge catalog of games in a few years.

Either way it's an interesting idea but whatever happened to EA's own Origin service? What will be even more interesting is if EA games perform better still on the PS4.
jackanderson1985  +   85d ago
ah yeah my bad misread it completely ignore my comment so
truefan1  +   85d ago
Wow for that price I'm in. If they give me Madden 15 the deal will already be paid for. Add in Dragon Age and Fifa 15 and it's just theft.
tgunzz  +   85d ago
I didn't see this coming... This could be interesting...
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styferion  +   85d ago
you seriously think EA will give you brand new games for free in this subscription? this is EA we're talking about you know..

The best we'll get are small discounts or trials for new games. I'm pretty sure the one they'll give for free are old games.
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4Sh0w  +   85d ago
Who said EA is great? Offering a good deal and being great are 2 different things. All I see is some X1 owners appreciating a new service/partnership that they think will benefit them in some kind of way.

lol, by you logic all ps owners think Activision is great because as the publisher of Destiny they are in affect partnered with Sony for exclusive content. Sure this deal with EA/micro is of a higher magnitude but I remember when there were plenty of calls for not supporting Bobby Kotick/Activision yet here in 2014 a Activision/Bungie/Sony deal is praised, as it should be, see gamers soap box rant alot but in the end they just buy what's good for them.
AndrewLB  +   83d ago
jkendrick- And it's been proven over and over that Sony had the EXACT SAME DRM planned for the PS4. They pulled the plug when they saw Microsoft go public with their plans and got thrashed by the press and gamers for it. Remember that Day 1 patch on your PS4?? Part of that update removed the DRM.

I would suggest that you stop repeating the DRM lie because it only makes your other more valid arguments look like BS as well.
iistuii  +   85d ago
You'll get Fifa 15 Madden 15 etc for a five day trial. Then you gotta buy them. But you will get all the back catalogue games in the fee. So in effect yeah you will get Madden 15, but towards the end of next year just before Madden 16...
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jkendrick  +   84d ago
@4show

Do you think its a great deal or its just because its exclusive? i think it has more to do with it being on xbox and not playstation than it being good. This is going to turn in to something gamers will regret, we are talking about EA here.
BattleTorn  +   85d ago
You really think EA is gonna give Dragon Age away NEW????

No wonder your comments are so often in left field.
n4gamingm  +   85d ago
thats not too shabby, i wonder if it includes new games?
TRD4L1fe  +   85d ago
They said it would include DA:Inquisition
SuperBlur  +   85d ago
"If you’re an EA Access member, you can download upcoming EA games five days before the release date to play for a limited time. Madden NFL 15, NHL 15, FIFA 15, NBA LIVE 15 and Dragon Age: Inquisition are all included, with more to come. If you love it, buy it, and you can pick up right where you left off."

Key word is BUY IT.. this is an extension of a retired service they previously had on ps3/360 , named EA Sports Season Ticket ,you could sub and have access to full game a week before retail release and etc.
BattleTorn  +   85d ago
As the guy above pointed out, DA:I is included in the 'early access' 'try it' aspects
AndrewLB  +   83d ago
I think it's great to be able to try out a game before buying it. I can't tell you how many crappy games I have bought over the years that were either pre-ordered or ones that hadn't been reviewed yet.
Letthewookiewin  +   85d ago
No you get a 10% discount on new games.
GhostTurtle  +   85d ago
I don't see why the hell they would include new games. People would just pay $5 for that month (or 2), play the game they want, cancel the sub. Doesn't make sense to include new games.

EDIT: Its only 5 day trials for new games.
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jackanderson1985  +   85d ago
it's a 2 hour trial within a 5 day period before actual release trial where u can carry on ur save before u buy it either physically or digitally
Dudebro90  +   85d ago
This could be the start of the future of gaming. Subscriptions could rule everything.
Volkama  +   85d ago
It's finally happening! And with publisher-specific packages, as per the prophecy (aka my guess work)

Edit: Oh. Doesn't include new releases. Well... it's a start. Bump up the price and include the new stuff please.
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Chevalier  +   85d ago
Why would EA include their new hot products? When they can sell you the game for $60, you think letting you play them for cheap benefits them?! That's an unreasonable profit model that will lower profits.
SuperBlur  +   85d ago
this is really nothing new , they had ea sports season ticket and retired the service , now they're back with this in hope of bringing more people by allowing them to play old games
KwietStorm  +   85d ago
Yea I know. And everyone is getting all happy, with EA nonetheless. We're living in the apocalypse and don't even care.
Magnes  +   85d ago
I wonder why EA and Microsoft don't merge already and get it over with.
oSHINSAo  +   85d ago
Just not suscribe in the same month, because in a year, you could regret XD
NYC_Gamer  +   85d ago
I hope this type of service becomes available on every platform with more publishers on board
BattleTorn  +   85d ago
If other publishers follow suit, it won't be cooperating with EA Access

Itll be UPlay, ect -- they'll create their own

And charge seperately.
MRMagoo123  +   85d ago
I hope this kind of service falls over and hits its head and dies in my honest opinion.
Lawboy2  +   85d ago
That's kind of awesome....so when does this start....I might start doing this
HugoDrax  +   85d ago
"The service is being rolled out in beta to a limited number of players today, but it will launch for everyone on Xbox One soon."

Hopefully I'll get to try it out today, as I always get accepted into early EA events. This way I can save a ton of money. Having access to FIFA15, NHL15, Madden, Dragon Age and UFC for only $4.99 a month is a HUGE win personally.
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Lawboy2  +   85d ago
Please let me be one of the beta testers...please...I usually get in ea betas as well
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styferion  +   85d ago
no sir, it's only trials for new games. There's no way EA will give their brand new games for cheap subscription, the console war will end before that happens.

it's good for sport games fan though, I certainly won't mind getting last year games for cheap, they're not that different anyway.

on another thought, wouldn't it reduce EA's profit if gamers don't buy new sport games because this subscription give them last year games for cheap price?
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kopko  +   85d ago
Wait, am i dreaming? Like EA actually doing some stuff good for gamers?

Hah, jokes aside, it looks promising for sure, the price is really good for what it offers. Free games, 10% discounts and early trials.

Finally i can say it: Good job EA. hehe
aviator189  +   85d ago
That's actually a pretty decent pricepoint. And thank god it's download and play and not streaming.
greenyboi  +   85d ago
Its ea there has to be a catch somewhere. Anyone read the small print 😉
ghostface9  +   85d ago
ya after you pay for it you have to donate both your lungs lol
JohnathanACE  +   85d ago
The last thing Xbox needs are more subscription services but I guess if you're gonna by the games and DLC anyway this is a way to save a buck.
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Dudebro90  +   85d ago
The last thing we need are people like you who add no value with their comments.
MRMagoo123  +   85d ago
pots, kettles and black come to mind here.

OT I really hope this kind of crap doesnt get popular, I really dont want something like this happening with all publishers. More subs sucks and needs to die, but thanks MS for pushing all the crap onto gamers and thinking they will love it.
testerg35  +   85d ago
MRMagoo, so what's PSNOW? Is it free?
SteamPowered  +   85d ago
So instead of Xbox making a subscription service like Playstation, they are going at it piecemeal with publishers? I would rather Xbox unlock their own vault. And what if there are multiple subscriptions down the road? You gonna buy an EA and Ubisoft subscription? I would much rather Xbox take the reins on this one.
castillo  +   85d ago
It's cheaper this way for MS ,if it fails. if successful they can always buy this from EA or enter into a long partnership.
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SteamPowered  +   85d ago
Lol, I would think EA would have learned something from Origins. MS doesnt need another failure on its console. They need to friggen bring it. All or nothing. Do a full on subscription for marketplace content.
blackout  +   85d ago
I really think your missing the point. We all know microsoft and Sony have a catalog but the industry is move by the 3rd party publishers. Once you have them wanting to be apart of something like this then it's much easier to get others to follow. Remember where not even finished with the first year of release with either console and look at the head way these companies are making for console gamers. It time to buckle are seat belts and enjoy the ride. Also thank services like Steam for setting the path. I'm really excited for what comes next, whatever it is just keep moving forward. Enjoy gaming and stop beefing. This is all about progress.
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JimmyDanger  +   85d ago
So what if there were multiple subscriptions offered? Especially if they were priced similarly ie. $30 year. Works out to $2.50/month. Ubisoft/Activision/EA for $7.50 / month? Plus $6 for Live (and 2 free games).

What's that? $13.50 a month for access to 15+ constantly changing titles? Considering that's still less than 1/4 price of a new AAA title - being able to play 15+ slightly older games for 4 months at less than the price of one new title (which you'd be extremely lucky to get 4 months of play out of) - sounds like an OK deal to me.
optimus  +   85d ago
Interesting, considering ea has been getting a bad rep this may be a good way to turn things around, provided they offer good games with it. Not to mention that they will be at a slight advantage should they lose license exclusivity, particularly the nfl...if it proves to be successful i wonder if other developers like capcom will follow.
Too bad EA has no games worth playing.
jnemesh  +   85d ago
Even the ones they have that ARE marginally playable, I will never EVER buy, or rent, or subscribe to. EA is a crappy company, and I do not support them, PERIOD.

I also am wary of yet another "business model" for video games. Am I supposed to "subscribe" to EA...then Ubisoft, then Activision? How many damn monthly subscriptions do I really need? I already have Google Play Music, Netflix, and Hulu+! The LAST thing I need is yet another company draining money from my account on a monthly basis!
optimus  +   85d ago
No, you're not SUPPOSED to do anything you don't want to do. Nobody is forcing you to subscribe to ANY service. Ea didn't say that would be your only option to play their games. And you are just assuming ubisoft and activision would do the same. Other companies are not going to jump on the subscription bandwagon unless one of them sees that there is a lot of money to be made by taking that route...

Going back to ea, they may not have a lot of games to offer at the moment but you forget that they are beta testing the service, i'm sure more games will be added once they get all the bugs out, if any...
Also, consider how many games you buy or plan to buy throughout the year and see how many of them belong to ea.
Even if you were to buy just madden it is still a good deal; but Ea doesn't just make sports games you know, so if you simply don't buy ANY ea games then guess what, you don't NEED the service...I just bought dante's inferno for $6 bucks in the bargain bin. If i had that service i could have played that and maybe 5 other games just in 1 month alone.
Kingdomcome247  +   85d ago
I'm not the biggest EA fan, but they do publish a few of my favorite franchises in Dead Space and Mass Effect. Saying they have no games worth playing is strictly your opinion, and one that a lot of people don't share. That said I'm going to take a wait and see approach on this. I still haven't decided on PS Plus either.
Kingdomcome247  +   84d ago
For the record I meant Ps now.
castillo  +   85d ago
Sign me up , here's my $30.00 now release it .
SuperBlur  +   85d ago
4.99x12month does not equal 30$ , where do you get that 30?
castillo  +   85d ago
From the article it self , I didn't take time to do math, just took articles word . Either way am still on board.
JeffGUNZ  +   85d ago
I know it's a foreign concept on this site, but if you READ the articles, it clearly indicates 5 per month or 30 per year.
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True_Samurai  +   85d ago
It clearly says $4.99 a month or purchase a subscription of $30 for a whole year through xbl
Kingdomcome247  +   85d ago
Things are usually cheaper when you pay annually as opposed to monthly. ie Live and PSN
beerzombie  +   85d ago
Me to I was going to buy madden 15 now I get 4 for 30.00 and 10% off of dragon age. When you think about it FIFA soccer is great game even if its a year behind, and madden after a couple of seasons it doesn't really matter who is originally on the team.
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BoriboyShoGUN  +   85d ago
Nvm
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TRD4L1fe  +   85d ago
This sounds pretty amazing. And it's not like these games are old either. If DA: Inquisition is available for this ill be all over it
Soldierone  +   85d ago
It won't be. You get the "opportunity" to buy it 5 days early, that's it. It's just like their EA Sports package where you pay to get all the sports titles 5 days early.
TRD4L1fe  +   85d ago
So I'll have the opportunity to buy DA: inquisition early. I support this.
Kavorklestein  +   85d ago
You're wrong.... Spyro-avatar-man-troll-thingy.
You get Older Xbox one games, and exclusive 2 hour trials to BRAND NEW games like Dragon Age, etc...
5 Days before the game comes out. To, ya know, help you see if you actually want to shell out 60 bucks for the damn game????

This is a way better way of sweetening the deal than some pre-order bonuses ever was, because you get relevant games that just came out for these consoles to play without owning them... And you get the exclusive trial window to "try before you buy" new releases.

And, whatever progress you make on the game, you get to keep if/when you decide to BUY the full version on DISC or DIGITAL.
Couple that with discounts on the full games, and DLC- you have a Killer deal.

It's not like the ea sports package.
You are wrong with a capital W.

All the Sony fans who can't ACTUALLY READ, or are just trolling because they are bitter with jealousy are wrong too.

This program is awesome with a capital A.

And if inspires similar services to be released from other developers or publishers, it may become the future of gaming. Then Sony may have some similar things come out for them on THEIR console, and that, is when- WE, the gamers, ALL WIN.

This is the beginning of the digital future that Microsoft was talking about when they announced the Xbox one, and some of the idiots who are too chicken shit to see a great idea unless it slaps them in the face were crying about it.

Those same people were excited for PS now.
Not really exciting, especially the prices.

Those same people don't believe in the cloud.
I haven't seen enough to believe that the cloud is ready yet, or if it will be, but if this kind of cool stuff is possible with Microsoft, then why not choose to believe that more good things may happen?

And if they do, cool.
If they don't? Oh well.

It's time for us as gamers, to wait and see what is in store before blindly hating on anything and everything.

Maybe PS now will end up being affordable, and maybe this is one of the only good things from MS. Maybe the cloud will work in amazing ways, and maybe it won't.
Maybe the PS4 is always gonna sell more, and maybe the the Xbox one and/or Wii U will always be fighting for 2nd place in sales.

But, maybe, it really doesn't matter as long as each person finds THEIR OWN REASON to enjoy something.

Maybe that's what we need to do is just let things happen and quit bitching so much about every little thing.
Especially when we don't know what's really up Anybody's sleeves.

Happy gaming, and if nothing else, don't doubt the future, OR the underdog.
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Soldierone  +   84d ago
@Kavo So you are paying extra for a demo.... PS Plus (Even Live) already offers that, now EA wants us to pay extra for EA titles? (Look up game trials on the PS Store....)

And how am I wrong? It's the same deal, you get it 5 days early and a small discount, thank you, come again.

Oh by the way, here's my source, where's yours? http://www.easports.com/sea...
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masonmcglasson  +   84d ago
@Kavorklestein

So you see renting your games and never owning your games as the future? I would much rather own all my games, music, etc than stream, rent, etc...

This is not the digital future. Is it convenient for some gamers? Yes. Is it convenient for people that collect their videogames? Absolutely not. Digital downloads are bad enough because you aren't guaranteed to be able to download that game for life. With physical you will have access to that game for as long as you take care of it and the title remains in your possession.
TheRandomOne  +   85d ago
So for $30 a year. We can download & play these games five days early & if we buy the digital version we wont have to download again ?
SuperBlur  +   85d ago
What is EA Access?

EA Access is a new program for Xbox One gamers that lets you play the best of EA for as low as $4.99 a month. Members can binge on an assortment of awesome games in The Vault, a handpicked selection of great Xbox One games from EA. EA Access members also have the opportunity to try new games five days before the release date, and enjoy 10% discounts on EA digital download purchases, including full games, downloadable content and in-game currency. Conditions, limitations and exclusions apply.
BoriboyShoGUN  +   85d ago
Save 10% equals 6$ and now u get a digital copy you can't trade in. I see exactly what they're doing. The old library is the only interesting part.
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Soldierone  +   85d ago
In my state, 10 percent basically means "no tax" since in most cities our tax is at 12 percent.

Kind of amusing looking a receipt that sates things like "you saved 2.43" then below it "taxes added : 3.49"
n4rc  +   85d ago
Interesting...
LAWSON72  +   85d ago
Seems interesting and for only $30 I would not mind trying it out.
xchamp  +   85d ago
Basically EA is implementing what Microsoft wanted to included last year, which will also have the requirement to 'Always be online' when using this EA assess service. Will be good if they include new games within a month or two from release.
m0lt0n  +   84d ago
Wrong. I signed up last night. Completely disconnected my interent, and was STILL able to play the games just fine.
lemoncake  +   85d ago
Seems a bit crap $5 a month to play old games and last seasons sports games that the bargain bin has a hard time clearing and only a 10% discount off new games, I will pass.
Dudebro90  +   85d ago
Show me where you can get last years, madden and fifa, peggle 2 and Battlefield 4 for $30.
KNWS  +   85d ago
I would kind of agree Lemon if new titles aren't been added to this. Its kind of like a bargain sale really, for EA

Those games are almost a year old and i doubt many people are buying those games around this time anyway.

But still you wouldn't get those games for 29 dollar. Fifa 14 and Battlefield 4 are still priced at 59 dollars on the marketplace.
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Baka-akaB  +   85d ago
You could get those used actually . And not all of those require a pass , so unless you truly want some of those older titles it doesnt seem interesting for everyone yet
jackanderson1985  +   85d ago
you'd be hard pressed to find most sport games for cheap within a year (at least in ireland) sports games seem to maintain a very high second hand price for a long time

i was considering getting NFL 25 there recently but it's still 45+ in ireland, i'd pay 30 a year and get access to the other games aswell and still be saving 15
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ghostface9  +   85d ago
glad to see people like american football over in Ireland I thought that it was only popular in Britain whats your favorite team? just curious.
jackanderson1985  +   85d ago
@ghost to be honest don't get many chances to watch it, used to watch alot of the college football they showed on one of the ESPNs... usually try to get the madden games though for a bit of a run through

if i had to pick a team though it'd be the vikings (ex i was with loved them so they'd have been the team i'd follow the most)
BoriboyShoGUN  +   85d ago
Well I guess it makes sense over seas, but in the states those old maddens are dirt cheap.
theshredded  +   85d ago
Considering EA games are trash now...
Ea is the devil in the gaming universe I say,they make the same sports games for low life turds every year,they destroyed the potential of every good franchise they own,not to mention rushed games and micro-transactions!
Now watch other 3rd party publishers follow this which isn't a bad thing since they atleast have decent games
This is an advantage for Gold and plus,we'll have less EA games to play
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Blue72  +   85d ago
The EA vault will give you access to already released titles (FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25 etc...). New titles coming out will receive a %10 discount on digital downloads (i.e. NHL15, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Madden 15, etc...).

Either I am reading it wrong, but that is the way I see it. I don't see EA giving access to new games for $4.99 per month.
jnemesh  +   85d ago
Nope, and even the older games will probably require you open your wallet again if you want to play online or if you want the DLC.
m0lt0n  +   84d ago
To get the DLC, you will have to pay. But get your facts straight. You do NOT need to pay anything more to play online. I just signed up and played Fifa online with a friend last night. No additional cost.

Don't hate just to hate.
KNWS  +   85d ago
Interesting and if they add in new titles than i can't see anything wrong with this at all. You're just renting EA games really and if you stop your subscription. You lose rights to their games?

You still save lot money with the subscription though. The only downside you don't own the games you're playing.

It this only xb1 anyone know? 360 would have lot more EA games? Is this part of the deal too?
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Angerfist  +   85d ago
Only for Xbox One Members. Exclusively.
rainslacker  +   85d ago
From the TOS it appears that the free games will be rotated around, and only be playable while they're in rotation. It doesn't appear to be like PS+ where you can continue to play the game indefinitely so long as your subscription is active.

I imagine any discount purchased game would be yours to keep even if your subscription lapses, but it seems that you could save $1 by just getting a one month subscription whenever you wanted to buy a specific new game as you'd save $6 on a new release.

It appears to be X1 only right now, but it is new and in beta. By the time it really gets rolling the 360 may be an afterthought. But it seems like a decent enough service, and the price isn't bad...particularly if one buys their games digitally.
youndamie  +   85d ago
I think they missed one thing.....you have to sign a two year contract lol.
OtakuDome  +   85d ago
The price is definitely the most impressive thing about the service, $30 for an entire year's access to a majority of EA's library is pretty amazing.
PrinceOfAllSaiyans  +   85d ago
This is cool, but don't like EA or their games that much
StockpileTom  +   85d ago
I don't really know how it will be executed but it has got me thinking...

If a publisher would move to a completely subscription based model (at a higher price than this) and it were to catch on this would make the earnings of the publisher as a whole more important than the profits of any one particular game. This could take pressure off of new or niche IPs to sell massive numbers.

With less risk being associated with those titles they might even have an easier time being granted larger budgets.

IF executed properly such a system can really save gaming and allow all kinds of titles to flourish.

OR EA can completely screw it up...

ELSE Perhaps some other publisher will be inspired by the idea?
Chevalier  +   85d ago
It would have to have a high amount of subscribers and I just don't understand the Xbox One exclusively seems like an extremely small group of people. It would make sense if this were exclusive to Xbox platforms and it included 360 owners as well.
BX81  +   85d ago
Color me interested .
Sayburr  +   85d ago
I am the same color...
BX81  +   85d ago
Lol
ger2396  +   85d ago
Good deal for Xbox owners. Everyone else gets the shaft. Way to ensure that any of my future ea purchases will be used.
BX81  +   85d ago
Do you take the same approach with console exclusives? If a dev make a MS exclusive you'll never buy the Sony exclusive they make?
DigitalRaptor  +   85d ago
Exclusive GAMES are games. There have always been console exclusives, and for the most part, reasons have been just - such as upfront support, ease of development and/or marketshare.

This is a service.. An exclusive service that they could easily provide for consoles and PC. There is no reason behind this other than corporate greed (cause MS have to be paying them a lot). Not that it eats at me, cause I have PS+ and the ability to play those EA games on PS4 or PC - the games are not exclusive. It's nothing short of weird.

So, EA put on the pretence that they are neutral, but what a facade that is… they are in bed with Microsoft's bribe hand.

From now on, the only EA games I will support new are Mirror's Edge and Battlefront (as I've been waiting years for those and would like to see the series continue). Everything else will be used, and can't say they don't deserve it.
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ger2396  +   85d ago
im talking about a service, not games.
m0lt0n  +   84d ago
@digital
Go read Sony's response. It looks like EA may have approached Sony and Sony said "no thanks". Dont pull stuff out of your butt like "Corporate greed" and "ms been paying them". Get a life. If Sony didnt want it, that's their choice. But that does not make EA or MS greedy in comparison.

For me, and for a lot of others, this is a good deal.
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