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EA launches PS Plus-like subscription service on Xbox One
EA launches PS Plus-like subscription service on Xbox One
July 29, 2014 | By Alex Wawro

Electronic Arts has partnered with Microsoft to launch EA Access, a subscription service on Xbox One that offers its members a discount on EA digital goods, early access to downloadable trials of EA games and access to a library of EA titles.

This is the first time we've seen such a program instituted by a major publisher. EA Access seems very similar to Sony's well-regarded PlayStation Plus program, which is expected to grow into a substantial revenue generator for the platform holder during this console cycle.

A beta version of the EA Access service rolled out today to select Xbox One owners, allowing them to play Battlefield 4, Madden 25, Peggle 2 and FIFA 14 for free and get a 10 percent discount on EA content sold through the Xbox Games Store on Xbox One. They'll also be able to access the trial versions of EA games like Dragon Age: Inquisition a few days early.

The publisher plans to charge $5/month or $30 for a year of EA Access membership when the service launches to the public at a future date, and you'll have to download the EA Access Hub app on your Xbox One to use the service.

Gamasutra has reached out to EA representatives for comment on the service, and we'll update this story with any meaningful new information.

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D Sims
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ugh, shouldn't this be part of Xbox Live instead of having a subscription service/hub per publisher?

Kujel Selsuru
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Oh dear Lucifer another excuse for people to not actually buy games anymore >:(

Jonathan Murphy
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So the future I worried about has finally happened. I stopped paying for XBL because all I played was Castlevania HD. Now companies are individually charging subs for their games. Hold on. I'm going to kiss my PC again.

Robert Carter
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Makes me almost glad I have no interest in most of the things EA pushes out anymore. I would be upset if a company with games I really liked pulled this shit on me.

Sony's PSplus was well received because it was optional and added a lot of value for its pricetag. Its not optional on the PS4, but you still get value with free games and other content across the entire store line (At least I assume you still get it. Havent had Plus for a year and dont own a PS4).

Paying one publisher for easier access to things that one publisher offers seems absurd, especially when that publisher is known for gutting content and heaping the remains onto day one DLC. I suspect we will see something like "Hey, if you have this subscription, all DLC is half off!".

Evan Combs
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I am confused, how is this not optional? And how is paying someone to get easier access to their stuff absurd?

Eric Geer
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I think PS Plus still holds a lot of value, particularly if you own all 3 of their active consoles--PS3/PS4/PSVita--as they have divided the free games between the 3 consoles. If you only have one of 3, is it worth it...maybe maybe not.

I think it was a better value when it was an optional service. I dislike that they made it mandatory for PS4, but there is still value to be had.