EA Access Won't Require Xbox Live Gold, But You'll Need It for Multiplayer

Subscription not required to earn perks like discounts and early access to games, but is necessary to play games online.

When Mass Effect and Battlefield publisher Electronic Arts' upcoming EA Access program launches on Xbox One this month, you won't need an Xbox Live Gold subscription ($60/year) to use the service. However, if you want to participate in multiplayer, you will need a subscription, EA has confirmed.

"Any Xbox One gamer can join EA Access and take advantage of the benefits of membership," EA said in a statement on the EA Access website. "In order to connect to multiplayer gameplay on the Xbox One platform you will need a subscription to Xbox Gold."

EA Access will cost $5/month or $30/year. A subscription gives you unlimited access to a game library called The Vault, as well as a 10% discount on all EA digital games and content. By paying for the service, you will also get to download games five days ahead of everyone else.

The announcement of EA Access last week caused quite a stir. It sent GameStop shares tumbling (they have since rebounded), and Sony dismissed the merit of the service, saying it does not believe EA Access is a good value for PlayStation fans.

EA Access is currently in beta on Xbox One, with a public release scheduled for sometime this month. The first four games available in The Vault are FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2, and Battlefield 4. These games are downloaded, not streamed. In addition, your game progress will be saved, even if your membership expires.

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pmass_
pmass_

To those saying EA Access is a rip off. I bought the year subscription for $30, then immediately sold my FIFA 14 and Battlefield 4 discs to gamestop for $52 total. So, I not only made back my $30 investment, but I also got a $22 profit from the deal. So, I'd say its a great deal. Not to mention I gained access to UFC, Peggle 2, Need for Speed Rivals, and Madden 25, none of which I would have ever played before EA Access.

quickshooterMk2
quickshooterMk2

is it just me? or the mods here delete negetive (yet legit) comments about xbox 1? 

AzureBonds76
AzureBonds76

From what I have read about the service, it seems like a bit of a bait & switch. The games in the vault that you rent from rotate every couple of months or so, and unlike GFG or PSN once the game is gone from the vault, you can't rent it anymore. I can see EA putting some 1/2 way decent ones to get a bunch of year memberships, then switching them out and putting some shovel ware titles in. Since you can't get refunds on memberships.


Sony's declaration that this service is not worth the money might not be 100% greed after all. I'm sure it is mostly greed, just not 100%.

isshiah
isshiah

Fair enough, but where are the games that don't necessarily need multiplayer? Until those games are offered, XBL is pretty much a must have for this deal.


Not that there's much else to do on the console without Live.

RobDev
RobDev

needing XBL to play online games hasn't been news for 10 years.

jspace22
jspace22

Nice I get to try NBA Live.. It's been a while OG

StonerDemon
StonerDemon

"Any Xbox One gamer can join EA Access and take advantage of the benefits of membership," EA said in astatement on the EA Access website. "In order to connect to multiplayer gameplay on the Xbox One platform you will need a subscription to Xbox Gold."

Trouble is, the first 4 games announced are very, very multiplayer XD XD

rmiller365
rmiller365

Why get EA access OR PS Now when PS Plus gives you better games than both?

bullsfan769
bullsfan769

i own both consoles but I really wish sony allowed ea access on the ps4 because that's where I do most of my multiplat gaming

Darknight765
Darknight765

5 games for $30. What would that get you on PS Now? A laggy 30 day rental of KZ3. Tell the truth Sony, you didn't want anything to compete with PS Now. If MS can lock Ubisoft up with a similar service Sony will be in trouble.

GarGx1
GarGx1

I really don't get the attraction for this 'service' but then again I don't get the whole paying to play games online thing either.

rmiller365
rmiller365

Just like Satan, there's always a catch when you deal with EA..

ghost140
ghost140

A step in the right direction now if only MS would remove the gold requirement to the other 3rd party services.

xantufrog
xantufrog

I wonder what % of X1 owners don't have XBL?

sdstephens74
sdstephens74

Any idea on the date?  I bought it for my son and he loves it..I want to buy it for myself


kujel
kujel

I wondered if MS would force a gold requirement on this and I'm pleasantly surprised they didn't.

tonyleo01
tonyleo01

Sony should never talk about "value" ever again.

steaminpotatoes
steaminpotatoes

Why is this suddenly an issue ? Onlive has been around for years and now people complain when it is simply rebranded.

sonyonly4
sonyonly4

No sh!t next they will be telling us EA access only has EA games.

GLOK1132
GLOK1132

If this program is a success then it will screw us all.  If EA proves it to be profitable then other big publishers will start there own programs.  Then there will be an Ubisoft service and an EA service and so on.  It will make it so that every company has their own service designed to bleed people's wallets. 

rmiller365
rmiller365

FIFA, Madden, and Battlefield.. Yup all multiplayer lol

hystavito
hystavito

@rmiller365 I think it would be hard to argue PS+ free games are better than EA Access games.  The EA Access games are pretty recent and certainly have a higher street value so to speak than most PS+ freebies.  I mean BF4 alone, it's still EA's flagship shooter, heck you could even call it their flagship game period, and probably will be for some time as Hardline is still several months away and regardless seems to be more of a spinoff.

northArrow
northArrow

@GarGx1 I don't get the attraction of this service either. All their offering is 4 old games in the "vault", is that worth $30? I don't think so. Even considering that there's an upcoming EA game I'm really excited for (Dragon Age: Inquisition), this service only goes to make the game more expensive $60 game + $30 sub and all I get in addition is the ability to demo it 5 days early. No thanks.


It's not like EA's done anything to improve Origin or make that much of a deal. I wouldn't expect much out of this either.


tjkraz
tjkraz

@GarGx1 It's Netflix for games.  $30 gets you 4 titles which would cost over $100 to purchase outright.  Two of which are sports games, so they have limited resale value to begin with.  


Program also gets you 5 days to test drive new games and discounts on digital purchases.  


Guess it depends on what people already own out of the 4 games.  I only have Madden...and can probably still eBay it for $10-15...so I'm adding 3 more games to my library for $15-20 out of pocket.  Plus the other perks and whatever other games they add in the next 12 months.  


No it isn't ownership but it's a pretty steep discount on a number of games I wouldn't pay full price to own.  For $30, I'll give it a shot for a year and see how it develops.  

sanchango
sanchango

@rmiller365 what catch? You expect multiplayer to be free on XB1(when it never has been free)?

sanchango
sanchango

@ghost140 for which ones? Last I recall majority of streaming apps don't need the gold requirment anymore...The ones you have to pay are by the people of the apps themselves.

Naquada
Naquada

@tonyleo01 No joke. I only own a PS4 at the moment, and I would take this deal over that Now cancer that does nothing but add an extra menu step to my store browsing.

rolla020980
rolla020980

@Thanatos2k 

Polls mean nothing... we will see what gamers really want when they choose with their money.


Besides, either everyone on Gamefaqs are seriously broke or just plain stupid as over 30% feel that $2.50 per month is a bad value.

It's not a good deal, I don't think it's worth the money 30.17%

IT'S $2.50 PER MONTH! THAT'S LESS THAN A FRICKIN BIG MAC!!!

wookiegr
wookiegr

@steaminpotatoes Onlive let you play everything for a limited amount of time for free. EVERY game on that service was a live demo for the first full hour of the game. That instantly makes it better than PS Now.

quicktim3
quicktim3

@GLOK1132 and yet no one forcing you to get it. you'll be able to pick and choose what services you want and dont want. 

xXxIRyanxXx
xXxIRyanxXx

@rmiller365 Madden and FIFA are all more fun playing with a friend in the room so you can laugh at them when you win.

pmass_
pmass_

@northArrow @GarGx1 i actually made $22 from subscribing to EA Access because I was able to sell my FIFA 14 and Battlefield 4 discs for $52. So, totally worth it for me.

rmiller365
rmiller365

Not free but with EA's main titles being FIFA, Madden, and Battlefield (all games with multiplayer being the main draw) its hard not to laugh when they try and act like they are doing you a favor.

ghost140
ghost140

@sanchango @ghost140  You are both right guess I have not been keeping up enough with Xbox news. Apparently MS removed the Gold requirement on some of the more popular apps(Netflix,Hulu) back in June. Im sure there are some apps that need gold but the ones that immediately come to mind no longer need it. :P

pmass_
pmass_

@Naquada @tonyleo01 yeah, i find it funny sony said they don't want to force their users to buy another subscription. As if this subscription is not TOTALLY optional.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@rolla020980 @Thanatos2k Polls mean nothing?  Polls showed the PS4 was going to win before either system came out, and then that's what happened.


EA would ignore a poll like this at their peril.


A waste of money is a waste of money, no matter how much it costs.

dlCHIEF58
dlCHIEF58

@sladakrobot @GLOK1132

And in order for that to happen, they need to release more games on the system. Right now they have about 50% of the current Xbox One lineup in the program, which isn't bad by any means and will only increase from there with time. Still looks better than PS Plus did when it launched. 

GLOK1132
GLOK1132

@sladakrobot @GLOK1132 The same can be said of PS Now.  Truth be told I don't see either program being extremely profitable, but if there is money to be squeezed then EA will find a way.

mixmaster1995
mixmaster1995

@Thanatos2k No, polls prove nothing because it's results are only because of the people who decided to click on the poll. People knew the PS4 would have this much of lead because of MS's poor marketing for the XB1 early on, not because a poll said so. If everyone one the planet was FORCED to sign that poll, then that would be a different story.

rolla020980
rolla020980

@GLOK1132 @sladakrobot 

You talk like $2.50 per month is going to bankrupt you. Stop saying EA Access is a money grab. Obviously they wouldn't do it to lose money, but it isn't exactly breaking the bank either.

GLOK1132
GLOK1132

@rolla020980 @GLOK1132 @sladakrobot The problem is that this is an obvious ploy in order for EA to try to win back so favor.  PS Now actually has some potential to be a decent service.  But if EA are successful then they, and other big publishers, will withhold their products because they have their own service.  That is like HBO having their own streaming service because they can make more money that just being on Netflix. Oh wait...

rolla020980
rolla020980

@GLOK1132 @sladakrobot 

This changes nothing. Right now, I can buy an EA game on a disc. If they go to their service, like they did on PC with Origin, I can either use their service or buy the disc. It adds an option and removes nothing. 

rolla020980
rolla020980

@GLOK1132 @sladakrobot 

Well, there is no Steam on the XBOX One or the PS4. Both consoles have their digital buying options, but I have found them to be way overpriced. If Steam would launch on these (not gonna happen with Steambox on the way), then yeah I would agree with you.