Hardcore Gamer: Indie-friendly consoles have used a monthly access plan before, and one current platform is making use of them now.
Though the biggest difference is the platform holder dictated the access plan. In that way Sony and Microsoft have had them for a number of years now (Microsoft with the start of live and Sony with the start of PlayStation Plus) EA Access is vastly different. That is a publisher dictating the rules. We are not shocked by Access plans. We are shocked by publishers making a move to Access plans (I really don't see it as a consumer friendly future)
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