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EA Access exits beta

Microsoft and Electronic Arts definitely think they are giving Xbox One gamers a deal with the new EA Access subscription service. For $4.99 per month or $29.99 per year, gamers receive unlimited access to a few older EA gaming titles - FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2, and Battlefield 4 -- and some additional perks detailed below.
While only four titles are currently available, EA hopes to greatly expand the “Vault” over the coming months.
Today, EA Access officially exited beta and is now available to all Xbox One users. Not only will gamers have full access to previously mentioned title, but they will also gain early access to game demos of upcoming titles like Madden NFL 15, FIFA 15, and Dragon Age.

Other perks include a 10 percent discount for the purchase of EA games and expansion packs.
Don’t expect to see EA Access on Sony’s PlayStation 4 anytime soon. Shortly after Microsoft and EA announced the service, a Sony representative stated, “We don’t think asking our fans to pay an additional $5 a month for this EA-specific program represents good value to the PlayStation gamer.”

Source: Electronic Arts

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BF4? plus expansions?
By Manch on 8/11/2014 5:52:50 PM , Rating: 2
I want to know if its just the core game or the expansions as well? Then maybe not such a bad deal. Ill play the occasional fb game or soccer videogame but not enough to warrant spending 60 to get a roster update. peggle is fun too. Maybe if they start importing their back catalog it may make for a better deal. either way, its nice to have another option.

RE: BF4? plus expansions?
By casagw on 8/12/2014 8:26:44 AM , Rating: 2
It does not include the expansions.

This is how EA gets their money. Give the games for a small fee ($30) that are about to get a sequel and people are not likely to buy and then sell them the expansions (at a discount) to make more money.

Still $30 for the base games is a good deal and you don't have to buy the expansions.

RE: BF4? plus expansions?
By inighthawki on 8/12/2014 1:48:25 PM , Rating: 2
An interesting question is: If I buy this service and the expansions, will that work, or do I need to own the base game as well for the expansions to work?

I would assume no, but I can't say I actually know.

RE: BF4? plus expansions?
By casagw on 8/12/2014 5:24:00 PM , Rating: 2
The games act as if you own them as digital content. Anyone can play them on your home console and any other console that you are logged into. In fact, I don't even have the option to buy them in the store, just "install".

As I said, the DLC is available to buy separately.

RE: BF4? plus expansions?
By inighthawki on 8/12/2014 10:32:08 PM , Rating: 2
I see. I take it based on your wording that you already have a subscription?

Would have to pay me to support EA
By tayb on 8/11/14, Rating: 0
By ProfFarnsworth on 8/11/14, Rating: -1
By stm1185 on 8/11/2014 6:51:15 PM , Rating: 2
Is this retard actually complaining about having to buy a game console to play games?

$30 a year to play 4+ games, early access demos, and discounts is not a bad deal.

By bodar on 8/11/2014 8:14:23 PM , Rating: 3
To me, the fact that people are willing to pay just to play demos first, is just dumb. So I don't really consider that a perk. Didn't demos used to be free? I know Steam gets people to pay for Early Access Alphas, but at least you get a copy of the full game when it comes out.

The 4+ games, though old, make for a pretty compelling reason to buy in, if you like the games offered.

By quiksilvr on 8/11/2014 8:20:18 PM , Rating: 2
Are you kidding? Virtually all of these games are going to be replaced come this fall, which is three months away. If this was $30 a year to access ALL EA games (Mass Effect, TitanFall, Plants vs Zombies, Crysis, Dead Space, Need for Speed) and it didn't require Xbox Live or PS+ or whatever, then it would be a great deal. But right now its just 4 old games.

By inighthawki on 8/11/2014 8:27:09 PM , Rating: 2
While I agree, it would be great if it was more games, I'm going to assume they will be updating the titles over time. It might trail the releases by 6 months to a year, but I'm betting it will keep getting newer versions of madden, fifa, etc. For anyone who already buys these games each year, this is already a good deal because you get 2 updated games for the price of half of one.

Obviously this deal is going to be highly dependent on many factors: How many games do you usually buy from EA per year? How many games does EA add to this list over time? etc.

But I don't see why people are complaining. This is simply a choice for the user. If you don't want it, don't subscribe! Go buy/rent/etc your games however you have since forever ago - that model still exists. For those who feel it's a value, then invest. It's not hard, and there's no need to complain about something that's totally optional, opt-in, and highly unlikely to ever replace the current model.

By quiksilvr on 8/11/2014 8:39:09 PM , Rating: 2
I guess the main concern is that we will be seeing other companies try to do a similar strategy. Before long, we will see Activision and Ubisoft start doing this. And if enough people buy into it, this may be the only way to get access to new releases and actually owning your games, be it digital or physical, will become a thing of the past.

By inighthawki on 8/11/2014 9:20:43 PM , Rating: 2
I understand your concern, but this subscription model isn't even for accessing new games. It's just a convenience model for older games, early access, and a small discount on new game purchases. It seems hardly necessary to begin worrying that this is going to completely replace the existing way of accessing new games.

And even if they tried, I sincerely doubt that many people would be on board with that. Large title launches and holidays generate a TON of revenue game developers when they sell a lot. Going to a subscription based model where you pay a yearly fee for a fraction of the price of a single game would make them suffer a huge hit in profits. On top of that, I sincerely doubt there are many people willing to pay multiple subscriptions for different gaming services.

By bah12 on 8/12/2014 11:07:40 AM , Rating: 2
...I'm going to assume they will be updating the titles over time.
Why would you assume that, EA is the timewarner/att/comcast of game developers. I don't believe a word these a--hats say. SSUUUUURRRRE you'll add more games, and BF4 and SimCity will launch without a hitch right ... HA!

That being said I totally agree, it is an optional thing so no big deal. I just would never trust EA's word on anything EVER!

By Reclaimer77 on 8/12/2014 11:21:31 AM , Rating: 2
I would be suspicious of this too. I feel there's a bait and switch at play here. Get people hooked with the low introductory pricing, then BOOM! Oh you want this? That will be $$$$. Oh you want to play this new game? That will be even more $$$$$. DLC content? $$$$$$!!!!

By bah12 on 8/12/2014 5:27:45 PM , Rating: 2
Yep, someone else posted that BF4 is base version only no xpan, so going in your are shelling out $$$$.

Plus a big marketing point is "early beta access" with "your progress saved". In other words they are creating a built in advantage for early "beta access" users. Pretty soon you won't be as competitive on launch day if you didn't have early access. Plus it is afterall EA... every launch is beta access, when have they not launched a game in a state that most developers wouldn't even call beta, let alone production ready.

By inighthawki on 8/12/2014 1:46:49 PM , Rating: 2
Fair, I guess I don't know that at all. I was just making an educated guess based on what I felt the service sounded like. My impression was that the goal was to provide older games as a subscription service (with some extra benefits), so over time we would see the catalog of games expand with newer versions.

But you're right, EA has never been the most trustworthy.

By Reclaimer77 on 8/11/14, Rating: 0
By inighthawki on 8/11/2014 9:57:38 PM , Rating: 2
Xbox Live Gold is not a requirement, as pointed out below:

By Reclaimer77 on 8/12/2014 8:35:08 AM , Rating: 2
Let's be honest, Xbox Live is pretty much a requirement to fully enjoy the Xbox's online experience. Which I'm not saying is a bad thing, I think it's a fantastic service and it blew my mind on my original Xbox, and it's only gotten better.

But come on, be serious, Xbox Live is pretty much a requirement Xbox. I don't know ANY Xbox owner who doesn't have it, at least.

By Samus on 8/11/2014 9:51:08 PM , Rating: 2
That actually isn't a bad deal. BF4 alone to purchase with all the expansions is $60 alone, and like most FPS's, you wont be playing it in a year (when the sequel comes out) anyway.

I'm actually floored EA has made this worth considering...

By neihrick1 on 8/11/2014 9:00:32 PM , Rating: 2
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