EA has been pretty hard at work trying to add value to their games and services. Some programs, like On The House, have been trying to give players a reason to play EA games through Origin on PC. Now, it looks like EA is working on bringing another program to consoles, or at least the Xbox One.
EA has partnered up with Microsoft to bring the subscription membership service EA Access exclusively to the Xbox One. This membership is used to access (hence the name) a collection of EA’s biggest Xbox One titles to download and play, dubbed The Vault.
Right now, the program is in beta for a select numbers of players and will include 4 games, FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2, and Battlefield 4. More titles will be added to this list in the future, according to EA.
The benefits aren’t just limited to that either. EA Access membership will give you a 10% discount on EA digital content bought on Xbox One. The membership will also let you play trials of upcoming EA games up to 5 days before the release date. This will start with Madden NFL 15, NHL 15, FIFA 15, NBA LIVE 15, and Dragon Age: Inquisition. While brand new titles may not appear in EA Access at first, you can still save your progress in the title and carry it over to the full game if you decide to buy it.
As for the price point, EA Access will cost $4.99 a month or $29.99 for a full year. When it goes live, consumers can purchase their memberships through other retailers like Gamestop and Amazon in addition to through their Xbox One.
As for its value, it appears that EA Access may be worth the asking price. At the very least, this seems like an awesome deal for EA Sports fans, who could potentially get their yearly fix of sports game for $30 a year. The official launch has not been announced yet, but EA Access is likely to be coming out within the next couple of months.