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

Xbox evangelist Jeff Rubenstein praises the recently announced subscription program.

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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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Once again, Jim speaks the gospel truth

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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

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a game changer lol


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


oh microsoft, have some self respect.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> 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

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netflix of games

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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.

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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

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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.




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<< LINK REMOVED >> 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.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> No, his point is that you'll be forced to pay for both

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> 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.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Stop resisting change. Get over it.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Stop being a sheep and being led by the masses. Change is not always good.

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You can definitely own digital games, arcade and actual games.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> what makes you think they will cheat gamers though?

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Because that's all that EA has done for the last 10 years?


What makes you think they won't?

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Lost me at Rubenstein.

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