EA Partners with Microsoft To Launch Subscription Game Service
By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)
Electronic Arts (EA) has just announced a brand new cloud-based gaming subscription service called EA Access, which will offer users access to their best games for $5 a month, or $30 a year and marks a shift to cloud-based alternatives for users to get in the game.
Today we're revealing a new way for gamers to play more EA games.?This is something we've never done before and we're excited to share it with you.
With access what EA calls “The Vault,” users will be able to play such games as FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2, and Battlefield 4. EA hopes users will see EA Access as a great value since they’ll only be paying $5 a month to play games stored in the cloud. And to make it even more attractive, the gaming company is also offering 10% all digital content purchased for the XBox One through the XBox Games Store.
“From full digital-download titles like the upcoming Dragon Age Inquisition or NHL?15,” the EA blog post stated, “to additional membership services such as Battlefield 4 Premium or even FIFA Ultimate Team points, it's all 10% off for members.” Users will also gain access to all new EA games a week before the release date.
EA Access is currently in Beta with a limited number of players and is XBox-centric (sorry PlayStation 4 fans), but they may have hinted that should EA Access be popular, that it could expand beyond Microsoft’s exclusivity.
“At EA, we are always looking for new ways to make it easier for gamers to play more EA games across all platforms, and we are excited about what EA Access will offer to players on Xbox One.” But I wouldn’t hold my breath for it to happen any time soon, as Microsoft is pretty much paying the freight on this in order to gain market share in the XBox games store. But I hope that XBox 360 users will at least be able to participate as well.
Right now, EA Access is available only through XBox Live, but EA plans to also offer the program via GameStop, EB Games in Canada, and Amazon once it gets out of Beta. And for $30 a year, how can you not wanna do that? Beats the $60-70 price tag per game!
Hat Tip – The Verge
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ANNOUNCING EA ACCESS FOR XBOX ONE: THE BEST WAY TO PLAY EA'S GAMES
Today we're revealing a new way for gamers to play more EA games. This is something we've never done before and we're excited to share it with you. We have partnered with Microsoft to deliver EA Access, an all-new monthly (or annual) membership for gamers exclusively on Xbox One that starts at just $4.99 a month. 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. At EA, we are always looking for new ways to make it easier for gamers to play more EA games across all platforms, and we are excited about what EA Access will offer to players on Xbox One.
EA Access membership unlocks The Vault, a collection of EA's biggest games on Xbox One ready for you to download and play. During the beta, gamers will have unlimited access to four great EA games: FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2 and Battlefield 4, with more titles being added soon. That's over $100 worth of games for $4.99 a month. You can play these EA favorites as much as you want with the click of a button.
EA Access is a totally new way for you to play more of the games you love, for less. Here's a rundown of the additional benefits EA Access members will get:
- Awesome Value-- Besides the great games in The Vault, EA Access members will save 10% on purchases of EA digital content for Xbox One offered through the Xbox Games Store. From full digital-download titles like the upcoming Dragon Age Inquisition or NHL 15, to additional membership services such as Battlefield 4 Premium or even FIFA Ultimate Team points, it's all 10% off for members.*
- 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.
You can join EA Access for just $4.99 per month, or you can purchase an annual membership for $29.99 per year on Xbox LIVE?.
Soon, fans of GameStop will be able to purchase their EA Access membership in local retail stores. GameStop and Amazon will also carry EA Access memberships for Xbox One gamers across Europe, as well as EB Games in Canada.
Excited to check it out EA Access will launch on Xbox One soon. You will find more information on the program at the EA Access website. Be sure to follow EA Access on Facebook and Twitter as well.
*Conditions, limitations and exclusions apply. See www.ea.com/eaaccess for details.