EA Access On Xbox One Is a "Game-Changer," Microsoft Says

Xbox evangelist Jeff Rubenstein praises the recently announced subscription program.

EA Access, the recently announced Xbox One subscription program from Battlefield and Mass Effect publisher Electronic Arts, is a "game-changer," according to Microsoft.

"That was announced last week as well and is very much a game-changer," senior Xbox evangelist Jeff Rubenstein said during Major Nelson's latest podcast.

An EA Access subscription is $5/month or $30/year and lets you play any game in "The Vault" for as long as your subscription is active. You also get a 10 percent discount on EA digital games and content, as well as access to upcoming games five days before they are released. Rubenstein also shed some additional light on this last point during the podcast, saying that early access to upcoming EA games will offer "at least two hours" of gameplay. In addition, he said he thinks "pretty much every [upcoming EA] game" will be available to play ahead of time if you're a subscriber.

According to the official EA Access FAQ, early access for upcoming EA games will vary by game. For some games, you'll be able to play one mode for a limited time, while other games will allow you to play a full version for a limited time. In all cases, if you decide to buy the game when it is released, your progress will be saved, allowing you to pick up where you left off.

When asked for greater clarity on the limitations for EA Access trial games, an EA representative told GameSpot, "Each EA Access trial will be different and the amount of time you have with each free trial will differ depending on the game."

EA Access is currently in beta on Xbox One, with a public release date to be announced soon. As for why EA Access is only available on Xbox One and not PlayStation 4, Sony said last week that it did not think the service offered the kind of value PlayStation fans have come to expect.

The first four games confirmed for The Vault are FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2, and Battlefield 4. More will be added in the future, and might includes titles like EA Sports UFC, Need for Speed Rivals, and Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, if box art featured on the EA Access website is anything to go on. Earlier this week, EA COO Peter Moore promised that the company will not remove games from The Vault.

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Discussion

877 comments
masterofevil22
masterofevil22

Just traded in my Fifa 14 and Madden 25 and got about $60 bucks...I'm going to use it to get 2 years of EA Access...So, I'll get those games back for the next 2 years, discounts on Anything digital, early access to all upcoming EA games...Plus Battlefield 4, Peggle 2 and whatever else they add to the Vault over the next 2 years.....Ahhhhh.....YESSSSS :D

TristanPR77
TristanPR77

a game changer lol


you mean as Titanfall and the power of the cloud was a game changer?


oh microsoft, have some self respect.

Killer6b9
Killer6b9

Well now that I've read some pretty great comments I'm going to dump my 2 cents in. 1st off SONY was offered this service and they turned it down, saying there is no value for the gamer, what they really said is...we are focused on PS anywhere we don't want you in the way. EA offered to M$ and M$ said OK! In reality they are still trying to figure out why their console is not selling. EA BLOWS they F up everything they have that was good.....and F it up! EA has to have the worst servers of any gaming company ever, they ruined football games, battlefield games have bad experiences due to said crappy servers, there is a reason they win worst company ever.

repetitiousv2
repetitiousv2

A lot of people of ppl here that already know the ins and outs of EA access.....coincidently they are also gamespots diehard Sony fans

Garm31
Garm31

These prices seem cheap for now. But remember, the industry is badly trying to introduce cloud gaming. THIS WILL BE THE END OF OWNERSHIP.  These current seemingly innocent, some would say cheap, services, are a stepping stone toward a dark future for the consumer. 


With the cloud you psychically own nothing. There is no downloading EVER!. It's streamed. When you purchase a game, it will only give you the right to access your game through their online linear service. THAT IS NOT OWNERSHIP.


These cloud services will give them 100% control over their software and you, since there is no way to physically obtain it anywhere else. They can control price, eliminate competition and destroy retailers like GameStop, Amazon and HMV. 

IT WILL BE THE END OF GAMES SALES. Since third party retailers will be gone, they won't need them to sell their product. There is nothing to compete for. The cloud service providers can charge any price they like. If you don't like it? Tough luck. 




Tranula
Tranula

How is having access to one of the most hated companies in America's game's a game changer? 

masterofevil22
masterofevil22

@TristanPR77 Titanfall is so far and above any of the crap "gamers" have on ps4 it's hilarious.   


Well,...maybe it's not as hardcore as 1080p Knack...Lmao

tjkraz
tjkraz

@Garm31 If you think studios are going to abandon $60 new game sales in favor of $30 annual subscription plans, you're out of your mind.  

oflow
oflow

@Garm31 what makes you think they will cheat gamers though?

dkapow
dkapow

@Tranula Simple.  It will allow XB1 a chance to corner the madden crowd.  Think about it.  For the price of half a madden game you get EAs library.  For those not caring about physical vs digital it is a no brainer.  Imagine if Activision did the same thing (Call of Duty market).  In a world where game companies avoid making system exclusives.  People may heavily favor the system that lets you have more games at half price.

northArrow
northArrow

@oflow @Garm31 Because that's all that EA has done for the last 10 years? 


What makes you think they won't?

Tranula
Tranula

@fulfledgedgamer @Tranula  HAHAHAHA!! You totally missed that whole debacle.  They were voted worst corporation in the Country last year.  Didn't make it up bud.

Tranula
Tranula

@sladakrobot @Tranula  they do, I know.  its just that MS says allot and doesn't usually deliver.  I think sales numbers speak for themselves.

tjkraz
tjkraz

@northArrow @tjkraz @Garm31 Doesn't seem to be his point since he keeps repeating that this will be "the end of ownership"...in all caps, too.  


In my opinion, this is EA following the Netflix model.  EA's Vault will have older titles for a very reasonable monthly or annual fee...just like Netflix streaming.  If you want ownership, you fork over the $15-20 to buy the DVD. 

fulfledgedgamer
fulfledgedgamer

@Tranula 

Wow so now you're trying to convince me that you and a lot of people having a bad opinion of them should convince people not to like them. You must really not like them.

dkapow
dkapow

@rjh_24 @dkapow @Tranula Yes if they only put their bargain bin games out for free it will be a waste.  But if they use the sports games (such as the most recent madden) as an anchor, which are still selling over 2 million units easy, then refer to my statements above.

Tranula
Tranula

@fulfledgedgamer @Tranula  Yeah I absolutely love there cookie cutter business plan.  I can say I have enjoyed some of there games, but as a company, they suck.  Why would I try to get people to like them if I didn't like them?  Weird.

handspiel
handspiel

@dkapow @rjh_24 @Tranula Based simply on the list they've revealed and the box art they've shown as being associated with the program, it will be last years sports games and maybe a game that underperformed (like Battlefield 4) in hopes of getting more players to buy the new versions when they release. Also (and this is an educated guess) it's unlikely EA will offer any of the DLC for these games as part of the subscription, which is why BF4 is in the list. This will encourage customers who would not have bought the game otherwise to begin wanting the additional content the other players already bought, which will likely require the purchase of the full game and any DLC they want. In no way is this to benefit the gamer's. No matter how they may try to spin it.

rjh_24
rjh_24

@dkapow @rjh_24 @Tranula please dont tell me you think they will give their most recent games away

Tranula
Tranula

@sladakrobot @Tranula  Read the title of the article.  LOL! 

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@Tranula @sladakrobot Yeah...one guy says its a game changer...an opinion.

Doesntt change the fact that MS doesnt offer this service,its EA

rjh_24
rjh_24

@Tranula @sladakrobot she doesnt know what shes talking about she just defends her awful purchase to the end of time

Tranula
Tranula

@fulfledgedgamer @Tranula  na man, I don't care how you waste you or your parents money.  Says me?  Again , they were voted worst company in America!  That's a fact.  You can actually look that up.  Its not just me my friend.

captainhowdy69
captainhowdy69

@Tranula @handspiel @dkapow @rjh_24 Of course this is what they're hoping for. But I've been contemplating picking up BF4, which is still selling for $60+ here in Australia, just to play through the campaign (screw multiplayer), and if I can pay $39.95 and also get peggle 2 along with whatever else they add in the next 12 months then I win.

fulfledgedgamer
fulfledgedgamer

@Tranula 

They lost a popularity contest. The fact is you're standing there attacking them.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@allever Why was that smart? That wouldnt hurt the players at all because it is not forced on them.

You can still buy all EA games as retail.

I see only a conflict with Sonys programm(PS+ and PS Now) and not with PS gamers.

BJCentral
BJCentral

@Tranula @sladakrobot It is great!!!hmm let's see 5 dollars a month to play recent next gen games or 5 dollars to play a last gen game for four hours?Use your common sense, you are seriously lacking in that department.

Tranula
Tranula

@fulfledgedgamer @Tranula  do you work for them or something?  I don't get what they did for you to back them up so much.  the facts are there. they act a certain way, and I have the right to be displeased with them. 

allever
allever

@sladakrobot @allever  It's a bargain bin... basically the games that will be in the vault are games that are no longer making any money for EA.  Most people that are interested in EA games will buy them when they come out.

EA Access competes with PS+ and Xbox Live Gold.  PS+ already offers many of the same benefits such as Full Game trials, Betas, etc.  PS Now is catered to a different audience.  It's a different model.  It's a streaming service that works without the need for PS3/PS4. 

rjh_24
rjh_24

@sladakrobot @rjh_24 thanks capt obvious and they said no so.........? they still signed the papers and now are tryin to sell their system based off it think b4 you talk little lady

Tranula
Tranula

@sladakrobot @rjh_24  Yeah they shot it down because they  were getting ready to do the same thing, only they weren't limiting it to one brand of games.  So PS is the better deal.

Tranula
Tranula

@BJCentral  Im not paying to play 1 brand of game only.  Why would I limit myself to that?  I don't care what it costs.  They try to give me free games on Origin all the time and I don't take them either.  EA sucks my friend.

fulfledgedgamer
fulfledgedgamer

@Tranula @fulfledgedgamer 

Don't you try to turn this around on me, you were/are attacking them as if it were something to do.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@allever 

My point is: Sony is just protecting their programm...not the players.

dandrefalcon
dandrefalcon

How is ps now a better deal? Charge me that same $5 to play a game 3hours or wait take that $30/yr fee towards a game for just 90days. Oh yeah ps now is the best deal out. (Sarcasm)

Tranula
Tranula

@fulfledgedgamer  Well they attacked first by releasing buggy horrendous games like BF4 that unsuspecting working citizens like myself buy in confidence only to find out how horrible they are.  this is unacceptable from a business stand point.  Would you buy a new car off the lot before its finished?  NO!!  That's what they do to people, but by all means, pay them money so you can enjoy there junk.

Tranula
Tranula

@fulfledgedgamer  well they attack me as a gamer by releasing horrendous buggy titles like BF4, and I waste my hard earned money on them thinking it will be a quality product.  they started it.

allever
allever

@sladakrobot @allever  That's just speculation.  There have never been a subscription service for consoles by a third party before.  I see it as keeping the status quo and keeping control of content for your brand. 

rjh_24
rjh_24

@sladakrobot @rjh_24 YAY obsolete games that no one plays ne more lol so much better and i hate ps NOW ne ways 

handspiel
handspiel

@dandrefalcon PS Now is still in beta, and as they have said from the beginning of this round of beta, it's mostly to figure out pricing structure, demand, etc. The prices now are in no way final, and they still haven't decided (as far as they've announced) whether they'll offer a subscription option or not. I agree with Sony on this point as the free games they offer as a perk of PS Plus far outstrip some older games (last years sports games, hooray!) that are only accessible while online. This month Sony gave away what comes out as $206 dollars worth of games for simply having the $50/year membership that I need to play online anyway. No way was anyone on the PS4 going to pay for this mediocre EA option.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@allever "I see it as keeping the status quo and keeping control of content for your brand."

Agree with that. Its just you as a gamer had no chance to say something.

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

@rjh_24 Are you on crack? You obviously you dont have a X1...what are you doing here?

Attacking Xbox fans they are Xbox fans?

If you dont like it,move on.

I usually avoid things i dont like.

dandrefalcon
dandrefalcon

Lets be real here for a second. First I have both ps4 and xbox one. On the ps4 side of thing with ps plus come free games a month along with games for gold on the xbox side. But in MY OPINION those indie games im getting for free on both sides are garbage. I dont even play them more then if ten mins to see how they are. So again IN MY OPINION I'd rather play madden 07 if it was on there rather than those games. And for only $30 I get to play some fairly new games (7-8months old) instead of those bs indies I dont like. Yes I see value in that. I know ps now is still in beta so is ea's so your not really saying nothing by telling me that. I just hope ps now get a subscription because how you gonna do a beta and not collect enough info on it if you cant get player to buy em at those prices. And by the way you do UNDERSTAND THAT ALL PS NOW GAME ARE OLD AS HELL AS WELL...

dandrefalcon
dandrefalcon

Its only $30/yr. I guess I see value cause I like ea games. But until ps now do something about those prices I dont care if they had every game ever made on it. Its not a better value your losing way more that way. You only losing $30/yr. And can play the games any time you want. 10% off games n dlc with early access to new games. You gonna lose $30+ a yr on that service, I know its a bigger library but with those prices it dont matter. But maybe its just me.

allever
allever

@sladakrobot @allever You do have a say.  It differentiate the platforms.  If EA Access is really important to you, then Xbox One would be your choice.  It's Sony and Microsoft's right to decide what's best for their platform.  You decide with your wallet.

fulfledgedgamer
fulfledgedgamer

@allever 

>It's Sony and Microsoft's right to decide what's best for their platform.  You decide with your wallet.

So why's Sony say that the reason it's not on their console is because they're deciding what's good for their customers, as opposed to their console?

allever
allever

@fulfledgedgamer @allever  Huh? I don't get your question.  It's Sony's right to decide what they allow with their platform.  It's not an open platform like the PC.  It's crazy to give a third party control of content.  Perhaps they don't want to encourage more subscription services from other third parties.