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Submitted by ValKilmer 563d ago | opinion piece

EA Access Will Drive Gamers to Xbox One, Away from GameStop

Hardcore Gamer: his is a huge step for EA to take, and it's definitely an example of Microsoft firing a big shot at both Sony and GameStop. (EA, GameStop, Industry, Xbox One)

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ValKilmer  +   563d ago
It gives you Xbox One loyalty for EA games. If I subscribe to this program and play Battlefield 4 on it for the first time, I'm going to want to play Battlefield 5 on Xbox One.
majiebeast  +   563d ago

If you said Mass Effect 4 then i agree. But none of your progress from BF 4 will transfer over to BF5. Terrible example.
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ValKilmer  +   563d ago | Well said
Console loyalty, my friend.

For instance, I've played every Call of Duty on a Xbox console and as such can't stand playing with a PlayStation controller.
XBLSkull  +   563d ago
Agreed, while the DS4 is a nice improvement it's still got that icky playstation controller feel to it, I think it's the joysticks that are so bad. Offset is definitely the way to go, and the triggers still need a lot of work.
PeaSFor  +   563d ago | Well said
XBLSkull, dat controller preference....

fyi, subjectivity. isnt the same thing than objectivity.
sonarus  +   563d ago
well i dunno about all that. I dont see this as a system seller in any way just an added value bonus for console owners. Since most ppl only own one of the two next gen consoles what you are saying makes sense from that perspective.

But its hard for me to justify purchasing an xbox one just to play old ea games. But it is a nice added bonus for xbox owners.
BattleTorn  +   563d ago
I for one loved the 360 pad over the DS3.

With that said, DS4 is a dream!

and my X1 pad constantly squeaks and creaks - much similar to how my DS3 would... :(
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MorePowerOfGreen  +   563d ago
For XB1 owners in the preview beta(click on the link in this link and sign into your Xbox account)

Also don't forget to check out the two new apps in the app store.
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4Sh0w  +   563d ago
A true "system seller" is very, very rare thing but it does exist. I sort of hate the term because besides being a huge, huge Halo fan, like some folks are maybe now huge, huge Uncharted fans I really can't think of any 1 game or service ALONE that makes me have to get an X1 or someone have to get a ps4 over the other, its always just another bonus, which is why its one of those things that really goes without saying. The "system seller" term vs the results is almost always overused. Yes Halo being the game that spawned my online gaming enthusiasm with so many friends and family means that of course I have to get an X1 to play Halo5 but even with this being the case if that was it I would never buy a X1 since no 1 game ever satisfied my gaming desires for more than a few months by itself, therefore although affordable I couldn't justify the expense, at best its a huge PART OF WHY. Yes this EA news "is a nice added bonus for xbox owners", so I agree with you there but I don't know why that point needs to be made since essentially everything from a random indie title, to a extra twitch feature, to a online exclusive tv show, to a big budget AAA exclusive etc, etc is in fact a bonus to whoever finds interest in that platform.

Now with that said I think ValKimer is right and wrong, for many this will be a good way to build a library of EA games on X1, thus fostering a higher amount of returning customers on the same platform for this perk but frankly there is nothing stopping that same customer from buying the *next big EA game on ps4 for other good reason like for example if he has a ps4 and a lot of his friends only have a ps4 and he wants to play online with them= it depends on the circumstances.

vvvEdit, How did they f-up?, its a business partnership for a >>paid service, it happens all the time just this is the first major 3rd party deal of this type on the new gen consoles. ps4 gamers will still buy and play EA games with nothing lost just like before this deal, they can sample games like before using gamefly too, right? X1 owners just get to sample some games early, play without buying games, and 10% off digital games>> IF they pay for the service.
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TheGreatAndPowerful  +   563d ago
We'll see what kind of backlash this causes from PS who just got snubbed. Not a smart move EA, you done f'd up!
Utalkin2me  +   563d ago

Yeah cause your thumbs are offset, lol. And the triggers are perfect if you ask me.

And about the article, i could care less. Only EA game i play is Battlefield.
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JackBNimble  +   563d ago
We'll see what kind of backlash this causes from PS who just got snubbed. Not a smart move EA, you done f'd up!

Why would sony fans care? We have PS+, EA's garbage (IMO) and I would never support this service no matter what platform it's on.
UltraNova  +   563d ago
Good news on xbox camp but I cant see the appeal for someone who plays 1 maybe 2 EA games per year...
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choujij  +   563d ago
My main concern with this is that its a service for older EA games. If I was a BF or Fifa fan, I likely would have bought the game when it came out. So this probably isn't aimed at gamers such as myself, probably for some casuals (as the article mentions), those who are on a budget, or those who wait till games are bargain bin cheap before buying. Which is fine, as its not like having more choices is a bad thing.
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imt558  +   563d ago
Hmmmm... Odd deal! If you want cheaper EA games, you will need to pay EA Access. But why pay for another subscription under already payed Xbox Live subscription? EA games probably won't be included in Deals With Gold or Games With Gold anymore.

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MysticStrummer  +   563d ago
"I've played every Call of Duty on a Xbox console and as such can't stand playing with a PlayStation controller."

That has nothing to do with EA Access. How does EA Access give you console loyalty if you already had it?
badz149  +   563d ago
What you guys don't really get is this EA access is the way EA squeezes more money from their annual games people are not buying anymore like last year's FIFA, MADDEN, BF...
1nsomniac  +   563d ago
"Console loyalty" - the most immature, childish comment I've heard said with pride.
Bobby Kotex  +   563d ago
@ValKilmer It's pretty pathetic to be loyal to a console. You do realize Microsoft doesn't give a crap about you?
Major_Glitch  +   563d ago
Is EA Access a good deal? Sure. Is it a big deal? No. It's just EA people. I'm not going to buy an xbone just so I can get cheaper access to old ea games and demos to new ones.
It amazes me how SOME xboners are running around proclaiming that this is the thing that's gonna put the xbone on par with the PS4. Smh.
loulou  +   563d ago
Bobby kotex you are talking to the wrong fan on n4g.. You should be telling the droids this
Baka-akaB  +   563d ago
This is Ea , the service is likely to comes everywhere at some point
Elwenil  +   563d ago
"This is EA, the service will likely be discontinued at some point."

truefan1  +   563d ago
Sounds like a win for XB1 gamers. Hopefully I get into the beta program, I need Madden and Fifa asap, in prep for the new ones coming soon.

PS for those that kept saying EA is dissatisfied with Titanfall sales, something must have went right if EA is once again doubling down on XB1 and MSFT.
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SuperBlur  +   563d ago
you're a true fanny 1 , i'll give you that

Something went right , alright

In business , money talk .. I dont expect you to understand that, fanboy :D oh and i won't be looking for your edited come back so have fun responding to your own self, good day to you fanboy!
castillo  +   563d ago
Two words Peter Moore . Ha ha ha
WeAreLegion  +   563d ago
You know something is wrong when truefan has more agrees than disagrees.
Gekko36  +   563d ago
@NoMercyOnlyRage (Steriod boy) Chill man, you have nthing to do with any of these Corporations other than you buy their toys or buy games for your toys.

Pull ya thong from between your bum cheeks and relax will ya.

Focus your chi, although if your in work, I'd keep you chi in your budgie smugglers :)

OT: This sounds great, I'm sure people will be happy and shiny over this as they were over gaikai or what ever it's called now.

Tit for tat, thats business, no need for craziness now girls.
rocketpanda  +   563d ago
What went down? Money, and lots of it! Don't think for one second EA has loyalties to anymore......only when money is involved.
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Bigpappy  +   563d ago
Older games are free or heavily discounted, while new games are 10% off when purchased DIGITALLY. Free trails and early demos, all for $30/yr. Sounds like a deal worth serious consideration to me.
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poor_cus_of_games  +   563d ago
The whole 10% off thing is a load of rubbish. Digital game £55-£60 disc game £40-£45 with trade in value. Where is the logic?
mrmarx  +   563d ago
old ea sports titles cant be played online either
BattleTorn  +   563d ago
I personally think 10% off is probably the biggest incentive, cause at least that gives me $5 off BF Premium which I usually get.
Ghost_Nappa  +   563d ago
Agreed, hate the way my thumbs touch with ps controllers.
MRMagoo123  +   563d ago
If your thumbs touch you arent holding the controller right, or you have weird freaky extra long thumbs
Utalkin2me  +   563d ago
Did i just read his thumbs touch on a DS4 controller? Do you play with the base of your thumbs?
MeliMel  +   563d ago
Off Topic from article. The only wrong with my PS4 controller is short battery life and I noticed yesterday the rubber on my thumbsticks are not looking to good. I haven't even had it that long. I ended up buying some thumbs covers for it at Gamestop yesterday when I picked up The Last of Us Remastered. Best purchase I made in awhile.

Hopefully with the revised DS4 they work out all the kinks.
3-4-5  +   563d ago
4 years from now, people will be like " o yea I think I remember that access thing"
BattleTorn  +   563d ago
just like their season pass service.... lol I honestly can't even remember it now
tbone567  +   563d ago
4 years from now there will be 50+ games.
Sayai jin  +   563d 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.

My only question is how often are they going to alternate the games in the EA vault.
falviousuk  +   563d ago

same here, got the email and signed up for the year, £20 for the UK for a years sub or £3.99 for a month.

Allready have BF4 and Peggle 2 sadly but can now grab fifa and madden for the cheap sum of £20. Happy days.

And looking forward to trying games 5 days early in demo form to see what they are like. Try before you buy, all game should do this,

Oh and PS MS please bring back Xbox Live arcade to the xbox one, sorely missed
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MeliMel  +   563d ago
How do get on beta team? Man you got Madden and Fifa? It already paid off. I dont understand all the negativity towards this service.

I bet it wouldnt be as bad if the PS4 owners got it. They seem to be the ones with most of the harsh opinions.
sAVAge_bEaST  +   563d ago
-Just for the LuLz-???

wow , 0_0 just

Wow,.. battlefield 4.. id on't eve.nn??

EA.. .. JUST wow.

<kittenBETA.PROGRAMING.kon firmed>5$, just w0_0w


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Gekko36  +   563d ago
Jesus, Savage Beast. It looks like your have either had WAAY too much coffee / Stimulants or are typing with gloves on.

I'm still trying to decypher it.
DrRobotnik  +   563d ago
This is EA we're talking about. Voted worst company next to ENRON and Xbox one fans rejoice!?! You guys truly are grasping at straws. EA!?!...making pool building DLC in sims 4 EA!?! You can have it. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice...okay.
JeffGUNZ  +   563d ago
It's not mandatory man, people can chose which they like. $30 a year isn't bad, especially when you're in the spring/summer where the game releases are poor and you're waiting for the fall lineup. It would be nice to try the games you had some interest in but didn't want to fork the money for free. Also, 10% of games form EA and trial of games before purchase (with stats transferring over if you buy it). It's really not a bad idea if you tend to play a lot of games published by EA.
Death  +   563d ago
EA is also the largest third party publisher. You can vote them worst all you want, but when it comes down to it people speak with their wallets. People may say they hate EA, but that doesn't stop them from buying their games. $30 annually for a handfull of games and discounts doesn't sound horrible to me.
Clown_Syndr0me  +   563d ago
Although I am primarily a PS4 gamer, previously a 360 gamer I understand this.
I cant imagine playing Assassins Creed on a PS, although this year with Unity I will be. I prefer consistency when it comes to series.
I think this scheme with EA is a great idea, brilliant value for newcomers to BF4. If they update it with new sports games on release it would be amazing.
xer0  +   563d ago
Twiggy  +   562d ago
He has a point, I couldn't imagine playing a Metal Gear Solid game on an Xbox controller, nor would I want to, the little things matter and this is actually very dangerous to Sony.

Stupidly, EA are making more money on Sony's console and are over supporting a less profitable side, silly company, spread the damned love (it'll make you more money).
Abash  +   563d ago
I think this is an exaggeration. If you could rent the latest EA games on Xbox One for $30 a year, that would be a big deal. But this seems to be for the older titles while the new releases wont be added till some time after they sold millions at retail
Ginesis  +   563d ago
You get early access 'trials' for new EA games as part of the service with a 10% discount on those new games when bought digitally.
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Omegasyde  +   563d ago
It wouldnt surprise me if activision followed suit with Sony.

But then again, theres that thing called PSnow.
YodaCracker  +   563d ago

Err, what big games does Activision have coming to consoles these days besides Call of Duty and Destiny? A lot of their big franchises (like Guitar Hero and Tony Hawk) are no longer relevant. There would be a very limited portfolio compared to EA and all their studios and franchises.

Besides, what makes you think Activision would partner with Sony to begin with? Their marketing deal for Destiny? That's just one game. Microsoft and Activision still seem to be in bed together when it comes to Call of Duty.
Clown_Syndr0me  +   563d ago

Aww I miss Tony Hawk and Guitar Hero. So many unique games that arent being made anymore...everythings just the same now :(
Dudebro90  +   563d ago
That would apply to the hardcore. Casual gamers dont need the latest and greatest battlefield and madden.
theRell  +   563d ago
If anything, the casual gamers do want Madden for as cheap as possible yearly.
MRMagoo123  +   563d ago
the older games wont have a server tho so you wont be playing them online so what would be the point ?
Utalkin2me  +   563d ago

The casual gamer does not buy Madden yearly.
Wikkid666  +   563d ago
It's EA loyalty program. Get a few free games, plus early access to new titles with a 10% discount.
Clogmaster  +   563d ago
You only need to buy five $60 dollar EA games a year to get your money's worth on the discount alone.
kurruptor  +   563d ago
D-Du you can always get retail games at a discount. This isn't some deal. You can't trade-in. That is a win for EA, not the consumer.
brich233  +   563d ago
Its still a step in the right direction and benefits people who want to test try certain games for 5$ a month. Thats 5$ a month for unlimited access to whatever games they EA has in Access.
mhunterjr  +   563d ago
I think you are missing the point, this is a direct shot at game stops business model.

1st it promotes buying new games digitally by making them cheaper than physical. This means the games cannot be resold. 2nd it reduces the need to buy used games by offering unlimited access to older titles. Lastly, it robs gamestop of the preorder bonus. Now those bonuses (beta access, exclusive DLC, etc) will likely go to EA access subscribers. They've completely cut out the middle man...

If done right, this could be a huge deal.
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mcstorm  +   563d ago
Your spot on and if this is done right everyone else will follow too. Could would out well but then could go very wrong too depends on how much each company charge for their services as it could put a lot of them out of business esp the smaller ones. But that said it also sounds a good idea too and I do think this gen is going to be the one that shapes next gen into being more about digital than having media which is where Microsoft tried to go with the Xbox one in the 1st place.
Chevalier  +   563d ago
It's also being sold at EB/Gamestop just like Steam money. Meaning you can still trade games towards the EA Access and Gamestop benefits because those demos will also drive people to trade their used games for preorders of EA titles, especially since most EA preorders get 25-30% bonus for game trades. EA still offers exclusive Gamestop/EB content and they help each other push their product. They still need each other to survive.
mhunterjr  +   563d ago

They need each other.... For now, but gamestop is DESPARATLEY trying to stay relevant as we move towards a digital future. Right now, the only true need for Brick and mortar retail is for resales, and hardware distribuition. All else can be handled online.

What GameStop gonna do when, digital licenses are tradable on Xbox live and PSN? At that point, why would anyone ever walk into a store?
rainslacker  +   563d ago
If they wanted to make games cheaper than retail then why not offer the discount to everyone instead of putting it behind a subscription service? It's nice to get the discount if you're a member, but EA isn't losing anything by putting the discount behind a paywall. In fact they'll make more unless people buy 5+ games a year.

These publishers could kill retail right now if they wanted to. MS tried to do it big time with the X1. But they know that retail is just too much revenue to give up. If all publishers decided to charge $40 for digital new releases, I'm sure the transition to digital would be massive.

EA isn't about to cut out GameStop. They are still the largest game retailer in the world, and GS does give EA money for those pre-order bonuses.

This service is just another revenue stream.

I know a lot of people want to see GS fail big time, but they are a ways off from that happening. If it really came down to this being a threat to GS, have no doubt that GS would quickly stop selling EA games, or possibly even the X1 console. Look how they treated the X1 after it's reveal, pushing people to the PS4 instead. Now that MS dropped all it's trade-in limitations, GS is happy to sell the system, and you see plenty of ad space in their flyers for it.

If this becomes a threat to GS, then it becomes a threat to Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy, and every other major retailer that sells games. They aren't likely to just say oh well, you guys win.

I don't personally like GS being the only real game specific store around, but they have a lot of clout when it comes to these publishers making money. Until digital becomes a thing that the vast majority of people want, GS is going to be fine.
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Chevalier  +   563d ago
Why would people walk into a store? Because they want to get a gift they can wrap up. We have grandparents, girlfriends and people buying for grandkids, boyfriends, husbands, nephews, nieces. There's a reason most money companies make are during Christmas and black fridays. Those people that I refer to don't understand steam cash, MS points, PSN money and still want to get gifts they can wrap. Their not the tech savvy and don't buy online.

We're years away from 'digital' future, due to band width caps and access to highspeed internet. I have a lot of people come in from out of town as well where they only have satellite internet in rural areas. I also have customers from up north like Nunavut where there is very bad internet and costs of products are ridiculous due to the remoteness of the area.

The companies will evolve to survive, just like how EB Games/Gamestop now carry other products we've never traditionally carried to diversify their offerings.

As for digital rights trading that may be the way we're heading, but, that doesn't mean everyone wants digital only. Some of us still like reading paperback books and having a game display. Physically owning copies is also convenient as well. For example my friends come in from out of town and we head down to the U.S. for black friday and we always have a soul calibur tournament. If I had to download even with my high speed internet would be a couple hours. Those hours where we would have been playing.
mhunterjr  +   563d ago

Why would EA cut into their own profit margins and devalue their own product? This service allows them to eat into gamestops business, while keeping the MSRP on their games the same. This isn't 'destroy Gamestop by any means neccisary, let's under cut retail by 30%'. This is 'let's provide incentives for digital consumption, and ween consumers off of the traditional business model, so that we can improve our margins'... GameStop just happens to be in the way.
mhunterjr  +   563d ago

You seem to think I'm imply this is going to kill gamestop tommorow. Obviously people will still have a need to go into a store... For now...

The point I'm making is that this a step towards an all digital future for gaming. And a pretty big one at that. It's not as far off as you seem to be implying.
4Sh0w  +   563d ago
"If they wanted to make games cheaper than retail then why not offer the discount to everyone instead of putting it behind a subscription service?"

Who said they want to make games cheaper?= Its give and take. If they want to eat into Gamestops profits on the resale/used game side of the business then this is one way to do it, actually a good way to do it but they have to give the consumer some *incentive(10% off new games, early access, convenience) to make that happen. They know most won't make the jump to 5+ games a year, so its still a profitable business model on their end, on the consumer end that's fine because you "try" more games without going all in. The likely result is that this will hurt "subpar"/non AAA game titles more with even lower sales from casuals who now won't buy the game because they got to play it but that $5/$30 will make up the difference, the better games will really benefit because it that's where used game sales will be affected the most. lol, EA DOES NOT want to make the INITIAL SALE of physical disc sales CHEAPER. No, no but they do want to cut into Gamestops second hand sale profits. mhunterjr is right the reason Gamestop participates is because they are at gunpoint, in other words EA can implement this without them but Gamestop wants to remain revelant in gaming so they have no choice but to find a strategy of being involved. Amazon, BestBuy and other retailers are much less affected because they aren't in the used game space, also they can sell the subscriptions online, codes and other deals/promotions to be involved in digital sales, hardware and accessories.

Gamestop in no way would ever stop selling physical disc EA games as long as they are allowed to because game sales is their lifeblood, while EA doesn't care HOW games are sold as long as the profit margin is the same. Now of course EA could make digital games extremely cheap to cut out Gamestop completely but that would be anti-productive because that also means their physical disc($60) revenue stream would also dry up and they would be selling the vast majority of the same games for less profits, in this partnership they keep they physical disc profits while slowly eating into used game sales.
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incredibleMULK  +   563d ago
Agreed, but i think they need to give some sort of free games as long as u maintain your subscription like ps +. I wish ps + would move to allowance system instead of getting stuck with don't starve or mercenary kings. Same with games with gold. Every month let us choose or use it toward dlc instead of a shit game and use our $50 subscription to pay the appropriate royalties.

on pc, origin/ea gives away free games and you don't have to pay a subscription fee. I got battlefield 3 for free, and its 10 times better than live or psn. I think they're trying to dent the steam market share, and now trying to dent live and psn with this move. I think this can be good. They gotta hook up the games though.

If activision did it ea but did like unlimited previous call of duty access with dlc AND 50% off dlc on latest cod and 20% off latest digital cod is epic & could be a one up on ea and knock gamestops dick in the dirt. lol.
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Chevalier  +   563d ago
I'm not implying it will kill Gamestop tomorrow, that's just you drawing conclusions and overreaching. You seem to think that the digital future will happen soon yet you provide very little evidence to support your theory. There are many challenges and while it's true 70% of households in the U.S. have access to broadband, that still leaves out about 100 million people that don't. Also there is very little competition in the U.S. so costs for broadband need to come down and caps will have to increase significantly for this digital future to happen especially since HD games are increasing file sizes.

Also I wasn't implying people need to come into stores, but, rather that some people still like to walk in and talk to a friendly associate and pick up their games or gifts. Some people like having something tangible rather than a download. I still like borrowing and lending a game to/from friends.

" What GameStop gonna do when, digital licenses are tradable on Xbox live and PSN? At that point, why would anyone ever walk into a store?"

For the reasons I've already stated, it's preposterous to think the way you think. If in the future they said I could instantly view new movies from home that's like saying people will stop going to theatre's. I for one would still go to theatres, still like using cash and buying games and movies when I come across a deal or something I want. If publishers had complete control of the market would they even need to offer us deals?

" Right now, the only true need for Brick and mortar retail is for resales, and hardware distribuition. All else can be handled online."
What?! So you assume because it's convenient for you there's no need for it? Just because it's convenient in some way to have online distribution doesn't mean it's the only way it should be done.
Consoldtobots  +   563d ago
so MS is effectively cutting the throat of the one retailer who has pushed their console with fanatical fervor? Yeah that sounds like MS.
objdadon  +   563d ago
There is no " unlimited" access, it clearly says games that are available in the vault for a limited time. I want to own my games.
diehardmetallicafan  +   563d ago
it's microsofts answer to psnow and it sounds like ass
DoubleM70  +   563d ago
Yes it's Microsoft answer to PSNOW and it sounds good. It's good win on their platform just like PSNOW is a good win for Playstation.

diehardmetallicafan  +   562d ago
I'm not 100% but i think the one thing that'll screw it up is because the EA subscription is behind the GOLD subscription... so to play these 'awesome' ea games you need to be subscribed to gold first, which means two lots of sub fees per month.
XiSasukeUchiha  +   563d ago
EA+MS= Sportsbox, and EAbox, and teaming up is so exciting.
Ghost_Nappa  +   563d ago
What the actual **** did i just read?
BattleTorn  +   563d ago
HA Ha #3
user7402931  +   563d ago
gamestop has a huge foothold on titles being sold everywhere, i seriously doubt that this will even take 5% from gamestop.
tinynuggins  +   563d ago
If it fails then yes, 5%. But if it succeeds..could be huge. Either way, I'm in for any way to take money away from gamestop and if this helps shut them down, I'll support it. Gamestop are crooks, they sold mortal Kombat 3 ultimate for Ps1 for $79.99. Who does that shit?
ThatOneGuyThere  +   563d ago
everybody on ebay. dont be mad at them because theyre not allowing themselves to be taken advantage of.
tinynuggins  +   563d ago
I've never seen anybody on ebay to that for a video game
Killz4Twinkies  +   563d ago
Unfortunately already sold my XB1 for PS4 (no complaints) but seems like a pretty cool concept. I just have a feeling that EA is trolling with the beta and when it actually comes out - consumers will be getting much older games especially when it coms to non-sport titles.
falviousuk  +   563d ago
What exactly is wrong with older games, if someone hasn't played a game then is it still classed as an old game, would it not be new to that person.

Whyis everyone so obsessed by what scamming out tomorrow rather than whats already out.

just because a game came out a year ago or two years doesn't mean its not a good game.
Khimarhi  +   563d ago
This is a pretty genius business move imo.
N8  +   563d ago
Yea it is I own both systems and never use my x1 big waste of money so far.
Couldntfindasn  +   563d ago
And why did you feel compelled to say that? lol
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BlackTar187  +   563d ago
LOL i can't wait for someone to say with a straight face EA isn't 100% in bed with MS and that neutral lie they told everyone is just that a LIE

EA is so full of LIE is absurd.
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Baka-akaB  +   563d ago
Chill , they'll pull the same on PS4 at some point . Ea has dabbled on both sides for exclusivities , on a rotation and alternating fashion for a while
BlackTar187  +   563d ago

Have they? You're talking about both sides of Exclusive DLC?

Where is the exclusive game at? TitanFall?
Where is the 1 yr exclusive game PvZ?
Where is the talk of this service at all on PS?
Exclusive DLC for next gen games so far.

So since next gen started what has EA given PS except an exclusive Beta?

Now compare to what they've given Xbox One.

You can't make a serious comparison becasue it's absurdly in ones favor.

Also at Some point is LOL. a year? 2 years? Never?
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Baka-akaB  +   563d ago
I never said anything about this gen yet . EA isnt a loyal publisher that's all .

Who cares if it's in a year or two , they'll jump at whoever provides the better interest and cash flow , then ultimately go with everyone to maximise profits .

But keep getting pissed off if you want .
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theRell  +   563d ago
Doesn't PvZ get exclusive PS4 content?
Where's the Xbox One beta access to Hardline?
Wasn't Titanfall basically pushed away by Sony?

Exclusive deals will happen, it's really nothing to get upset over.
BlackTar187  +   563d ago
Just provide me a list of items EA has given Ps that are even comaprable in the slightest too

Exlcuive game lifetime
Exclusive game 1 yr
Early Access DLC
FIFA in europe
EA service

please make a comparable list
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Letthewookiewin  +   563d ago
PS4 already anounced the "trial" feature at its premier. Sony has the same thing cooking also but with every company not just one.
BlackTar187  +   563d ago
Also baka this is about a service for this gen correct?

This GEn is what this conversation is about hence everything i've said is this gen specific.

I also challenge you to find a time when EA actually gave PS any type of the same deals since Xbox 360 release.

they can go back and forth but to date they have never provided so many one sided favortism since ps3 and xbox 360 have been on the market till this current time.

Alos i thought EA made more money from PS then xbox? This is unverified but im interested to see if its not the truth
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Macdaddy71  +   563d ago
I think is funny reading post on other sites bout this!!!
Ps4 owners are crying like babies,.. To buy do like me n buy Both systems!!!!!
They crying bout how unfair it is, how X1 sells less n slower it should be on the ps4 first, haha
Hey Ps4 owners???? It's takes money for this to happen, n with Sony 10 Billion in the hole, I don't think they will be paying EA for this, plus Sony May not want it cause of there PS Now coming out..I play madden on the X1 n don't like it,
Take what online cost a year, then you pay your internet bill, PS now going to cost, now EA is adding this, OMG!!! How much money does these Companies think we have????
Fishermenofwar  +   563d ago
Why would they cry?..Its Only EA..

Ps4 has Psnow...that will keep them satisfied..

But I thought everyone hated EA.....
Mega24  +   563d ago
Some at the xbox camp have sided with EA since the new gen launched, cus they got exclusives like Garden Warfare and Titafall. Dissing on activision and bungie for making some content exclusive to ps4.

The fanboy wars are shaping up to be ridiculous.

As for this service, not touching it with a ten foot pole, even if I buy an X1, EA can suck it
beerzombie  +   563d ago
you thought wrong. A lot of people love sports and play all the time they just don't up grade every year like they used too.
Plus Mass effect dragon age they have a lot of good games and if you are going to buy them at 10 percent off could save you a lot of money. Then you get some older games to play. Not really a bad deal when you do the math.
Ea. wins and so dose the gamer.
poor_cus_of_games  +   563d ago
I have both systems but that xbox is so god damn slow. 1hour of installing to play dead rising 3. 1 minute of installing the last of us before I could play. That's including patch.
IrishSt0ner  +   563d ago
A good external hard drive speeds up everything... much faster install times and games load up to 2x quicker. A workaround, not a solution.
JeffGUNZ  +   563d ago
That's my biggest gripe is the install times. I am in the beta for the August update and they now allow you to buy content on smartglass or and it download and install on your X1 if you have it in the sleep like mode. I tried it out with the destiny beta and it was ready to go when i go back from work. It's not a fix by any means, but it's a nice addition to help.
poor_cus_of_games  +   562d ago
That's what I really enjoy about my ps4. From day one I could buy and queue stuff using the playstation app on my phone and send it directly to my ps4. Having it ready for when I got home. Also works on the ps3.
Silly gameAr  +   563d ago
No big deal here.
2pacalypsenow  +   563d ago
Ea chose the wrong console to side with
Fishermenofwar  +   563d ago
I agree...but wrong console or not..Its still EA...Now if it was Ubisoft that would be huge!!
christocolus  +   563d ago
I'm assuming by wrong you mean a console that you don't own. Right? Be prepared cos this gen a lot more partnerships like this will keep popping up.. yes it might hurt when you don't own the system but you have to know MS&sony are competitors&its all business. Sony has made some exclusive deals too you know i.e ac,watchdogs,far cry,destiny,batman etc If you want to stop feeling totally left out then dude you need to own all consoles cos this aint going to stop this gen. Infact the position MS has found themselves in right now will make them a lot more agressive from here on out..this is just a start...both camps will keep doing stuff like this.
Fishermenofwar  +   563d ago
Actually a Console I don't want...big difference...I have a PS3, Ps4 and 360...No reason to get Xbone just yet...This won't make me jump in either...Its EA for godsakes
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2pacalypsenow  +   563d ago
lucky for me i have all 3
christocolus  +   563d ago

Nice set up you've got there. Nice.
jnemesh  +   563d ago
Nope, not even if all EA titles were free. I have a 360, a PS3, Vita, and a PS4. There is not ANY reason to own an XB1...and especially not for OLD, CRAPPY EA games that I wouldn't pay for anyway!

I'm not missing out on a thing by not having an XB1...other than a handful of decidedly mediocre titles (according to published review scores) that I have no interest in playing anyway.
horndog  +   563d ago
I don't know if sony an pull the same deals or similar deals like MS can. Money is what MS has and lots of it. Sony? Not doing so well lately as you can tell by stocks so I don't expect them to be pulling any thing significant like What you can expect from MS. Sony's big boss yushida even admitted that they will be cutting back on AAA games because they cost too much money so he is relying on indies. Personally if MS were to say that shit I would be a little worried and bummed out.
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mhunterjr  +   563d ago
Should partnerships be exclusive to market leaders? We're lucky the world doesn't work like that...
KNWS  +   563d ago
After reading the information from EA and i have to be truthful. The access will be just for EA titles that are 9 months old or older!!

EA haven't said we are getting new game titles at all.

For me i will not be getting it, because i can't wait that long to play games like, Fifa 15 and Star Wars Battlefront and so on.

I can see the benefits of the deal for people who're willing to wait for newer titles. You'll get to play them for next to nothing. And depending on how many EA titles come out each year, you could end up saving lot of money on this. 10 per cent off the price when you buy a new game isn't bad either. That's like 5 to 6 dollars on each game. So that's a good saving. I have to look at the whole package and this isn't enough for me to want it.

Overall i don't think it bad thing, but you'll have a waiting period to play new games.
TimeSkipLuffy  +   563d ago
and we shouldn't forget about the DLC that might not be included in the deal. That way they would probably get some to buy the game anyways or at least sell some DLC
KNWS  +   563d ago
Its part of the deal, it has value, if you want it.

PLUS: All EA Access members will save 10% on EA purchases from Xbox Live. From full digital games to downloadable content, you get 10% off with your EA Access membership.

I believe Titanfall is not on the list because the game only came out in March. Thats only 5 months ago, be interesting to see when EA adds it to the list? Give me a timeline of sorts when subscribers get access to newer titles. EA mentioned nothing. Only that you'll get 5 days free access to EA titles before they ship.

This could rule out EA betas for PS4 or it could mean xb1 users will have full access to the retail game up to 5 days?
Caffo01  +   563d ago
"or it could mean xb1 users will have full access to the retail game up to 5 days?"

LOL do you really think they're going to let you play new titles for five days??? most people would just play them as long as they can and complete the games before the five day expire..
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Chevalier  +   563d ago
EA Access actually says that you get 10% off of DLC content and season passes, so you'd be right that they aren't included. They are trying to get people playing MP together and buy the extra content by letting you play the game. Kind of like F2P model except you pay the initial access fee.
Baka-akaB  +   563d ago
I'm also weary of how arbitrary it will be . I wouldnt believe it past them to suddenly say "remember that 10% deal ? Well sadly it doesnt apply to Titan Fall 2"
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Bonkerz  +   563d ago
Damn good program coming from EA, kinda surprised actually. Im definitely joining, great price for the content you get. Nice job EA and nice job MS for locking this down.
Ippiki Okami  +   562d ago
No its not a "good program". Its Microsoft and EA's Xbox one DRM plan again. I wouldn't doubt Ubisoft will follow suit and offer the same type of service. If you didn't know it was actually EA and Ubisoft that were behind the Xbox one DRM machine. All because they wanted to eliminate used game sales.

Great article by cnet describes this sham system.
HaveAll3  +   563d ago
I like this, for $30 a year that's a good deal. I can wait a month or two to play games if that's what there doing! I haven't played any sport games yet either.
WeAreLegion  +   563d ago
That's fine with me. I only like one sports franchise and they don't make it. ;)
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jnemesh  +   563d ago
So, a bunch of CRAPPY EA games are going to drive customers to buy an INFERIOR console? Good luck with that!

I don't care if the EA games are FREE...I won't play EA games. Could be the best game in the world, I DONT CARE! They are BLATANTLY anti-consumer, and I refuse to support them in any way, shape, or form!
HaveAll3  +   563d ago
PS3 was technically an inferior console it did just fine...
chrisarsenalsavart  +   563d ago
Ps3 is actually technically superior than x360 and the games that came the last two years on it shown just that.
Uncharted3,GOW ascension, TLOU, GT6, BEYOND2SOULS...
HaveAll3  +   563d ago
Yes 1st party found out how to take advantage of the cell processor but when It came to Ram (ps3 256 360 512)and GPU 360 was better...
Ippiki Okami  +   562d ago
"Yes 1st party found out how to take advantage of the cell processor but when It came to Ram (ps3 256 360 512)and GPU 360 was better..."

What's up with all the retards posting today? The xbox had unified memory while the ps3 had split memory. The PS3 had 512mb of memory too but it was split into 2 pools of 256mbs. That's where the development issues were at.
thexmanone  +   563d ago
LOL, I'm sorry you feel that way, only one missing out is you.
Macdaddy71  +   563d ago
Oh yea PS Now, I forgot bout it, I'm sure Gamers will love to pay for playing the past 2 to 3 gens of games, on there $400.00 next gen system, Sony loves how crazy we can be,
I'm not getting Madden 15 I rather play Tecmo bowl 95, OMG what a joke
Slick81  +   563d ago
There's noway this isn't coming to ps4 .unless ms dumped the bank on ea Sony has to get in on this
Keith22  +   563d ago
They have its called PS Now
Psychotica  +   563d ago
Sounds like a good deal for casual players. Personally I prefer the latest versions and trade the previous version in a few months before the new ones are released.
DougLord  +   563d ago
The way the are turning Madden into pay to play on top of your $60 initial purchase - no thanks. The last Madden is the worst I can remember. We need someone to come out with an alternative like Techno Bowl or The League.
JeffGUNZ  +   563d ago
I wish 2k started making football games again.
Predaking77  +   563d ago
EA Access is an interesting idea. But now it comes to light that 5 day early access may only allow you to play 2 hours of some games.

All this just for 2 hours of an EA game?

turdburgler1080  +   563d ago
"It would seem odd for EA to leave money on the table by not doing something like this with Sony"

Well when Sony takes pot shots at EA during E3 then they might not want to have Sony over for dinner.
RobLoPR  +   563d ago
I dont understand how some people say that EA Access's free lineup will only be old games... must i remind you that all games mentioned for the Beta are for Xbox One? and that the XB1 was released in November? and that this is only the Beta? when the service goes live more games will be added... anybody that is upset about this is really not thinking straight... did you ever think that if all companies would do this Gamestop would have to do something... that will.. in the long run... benefit us.. the gamers? In the long run youll have to thank Microsoft for this.
ICANPLAYGAMES2  +   563d ago
"anybody that is upset about this is really not thinking straight... did you ever think that if all companies would do this Gamestop would have to do something... that will.. in the long run... benefit us.. the gamers? In the long run youll have to thank Microsoft for this."

I'm sorry, but that sounds really naive, I'm having a hard time seeing the upside. Now, I know that I've not been into this hobby nearly as long as many of you (properly got started right around the N64). I don't know about y'all, but since I've started games have only gotten more expensive, less complete, more cookie cutter, need I go on? As a consumer, I feel like I'm increasingly getting shafted from every angle simply because I like to play a game every now and then, so I fail to see, what exactly I'm supposed to be thankful for. A crash does need to happen, and maybe they see that, which is why everyone is trying to take us for a ride for all we're worth, before they bail. Then again, what do I know, right?
RobLoPR  +   563d ago
This could be the begginning of something... where game companies cut out the middle man and you get digital games at a lower price. First EA, then maybe other companies will do the same... Gamestop will have to do something or close shop. I myself loved having the physical copy of the game... but then again... i love being able to change game just by saying "Xbox, Play Battlefield 4". Digital copy is the future... if companies dont have to mass print CDs then we might get a good discount. Im just saying... i dont see the downside of this... unless you only own a PS4.
NeoGamer232  +   563d ago
I think the EA Access idea is actually pretty good...

But, I am not sure it will drive people to buy X1 consoles. To me, that's an exaggeration.

If MS strikes this deal with 2K, Ubisoft, and Activision that would be a different story.

It will put a dent in Gamestop probably though... Question is how big? Probably not that big.
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SonyAddict  +   563d ago
EA or MS wich is worse!.
Artemidorus  +   563d ago
Xbox and EA make a subscription based gaming idea everyone is butthurt and moaning.

Playstation make a subscriptiob based gaming idea many say it's great.

It's yet again Sony fans are not gamers they are one track sided and always will be.

Anyone with a brain will know this can be a good idea and progress.
AutoCad  +   563d ago
Funny people bash this yet praise PSNOW...

i wonder why lmao..
ICANPLAYGAMES2  +   563d ago
PSNow kinda sucks, too.
Tedakin  +   563d ago
I got into the beta program of this, and they require you to buy a subscription in the BETA, which seems just wrong to me. Didn't they do that in the PSNow beta too? Seems like a good way to NOT get your shit tested.
RobLoPR  +   563d ago
If you dont want to pay to try it... write an email to EA and tell them youre not interested. Im sure there are thousands of people that didnt get into the Beta and would love to try it. How did you get into the Beta anyways? Ive looked everywhere.
Tedakin  +   563d ago
I'm in the Xbox Dashboard preview program. Someone added me to it who was in it, and just randomly got emailed from XBox today "Thank you for being a part of our Xbox preview program. We would like you to also be a part of the EA vault." Etc.
Aghashie  +   563d ago
Cool stuff for owners of an XBO and fans of sports games.

Unfortunately, I don't own an XBO and the only sport I care to play as a video game is baseball. So... I think MLB The Show cover all the "bases" when it comes to sport games in my life.

Still, a bargain deal for those who like what is offered. Now I wonder if other publishers will come forward w something similar... like, $30 a year for all Assassins Creed games? Even new games? That will really catch my attention.
Ihatetrolls76  +   563d ago
How good is mlb I been looking at getting a ps4 in a month or two
Aghashie  +   563d ago

MLB the show is not an arcade baseball game. Is a full fledged, very deep baseball simulator.

If u crave to play a baseball game, I can't think of another game to recommend.

I score MLB The Show a solid 9/10. I took one point away cause from previous game to new game there is not much improvement. New game on PS4 has improved a lot on visual department, but most gameplay is same to previous titles. Anyway... there is not much to improve since game is already perfect as it is.

Highly recommended.

Feel free to PM me if u have specific questions about the game. I'll do my best to replay promptly.
Specter229  +   563d ago
If you don't own an Xbox One why are you even reading the story? It shouldn't matter to you, especially those of you with the screw xbox mentality. Are you that desperate for an argument you have to troll an Xbox exclusive story? My xbox gets Ea Service my playstation gets PSNOW. If you can't afford both systems thats understandable but to be openly hostile because xbox got something you didnt , that's just jealousy. Deny it all you want but everyone knows that if the shoe were on the other foot your arguments would be all gung ho for playstation and you'd be trying to use your arguments to add even more air to your ego balloons.
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Ihatetrolls76  +   563d ago
He wasn't really trolling he never said anything negative towards xbox in his comment don't really see it trolling now if he said screw xbox or xbox sucks I'd agree with you
Aghashie  +   563d ago

Don't know if u mean me. But if u do, I read XBO articles because I am looking to get one in the future. Also, is not required to be an owner to type down a simple opinion. Simple as that.
Specter229  +   563d ago
I was talking to people who said they don't have nor would ever get an Xbox One. The opinions expressed by those who don't have nor would ever have an xbone are not constructive. You want xbox fanboys to switch teams? Stop being outspoken jerks try expressing an opinion without putting the other person on the defensive. I love monster energy drinks, one of my friends prefers rockstar, doesnt mean I tell him hes a moron. There are ways to give an opinion without being a complete Jack's$, I'd have a lot more respect for my fellow gamers if they could adopt that ideology for themselves. So is it required to own the console in order to give an opinion on it? No,not at all, but if you've already decided you hate it why expose yourself to it?
Flames76  +   563d ago
Im joining day one this is an amazing deal.Also EA is going with the big boy the X1.This deal is a hell of alot better than the playstation now crap maks it look stupid.$50 for 3 hours on playstation now sony has some dumb fans thats for sure lol
ICANPLAYGAMES2  +   563d ago
This really seems like some b.s., games as a service? These people really don't like the idea of having a fixed product that we (consumers) can buy for a fixed amount of money to do with as we please. This is getting to be a hobby that no longer suits me. No thanks, if I'm picking up something older pre-owned still sounds better to me. Example, say you pick up a game for 20 that only gets you 4 mo. access (for 10 more sure you get a year), and you might say what about the other games you have access to (like that huge list of games they shut servers down on not to long ago)? Besides, how many versions of the same game do you need access to anyway? People can do what they want, it is their right, as for me, well they (EA) can go f__k themselves.
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falviousuk  +   563d ago
I wasn't aware that EA or and other game publisher was forcing you to subscribe to this.

Choice is better, choose to use a service like this or don't.
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