Xbox One's EA Access Could Offer Free Backwards-Compatible 360 Games
EA Access currently offers its members unlimited playtime with a selection of Xbox One games.
The Xbox One's recent announcement of backwards compatibility for Xbox 360 games could open a whole new slate of possibilities for EA Access' selection of free games.
With Dragon Age: Inquisition having recently been released as a freebie for EA Access subscribers, someone recently asked the EA Access Twitter account if we might see Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age II, both Xbox 360 games, offered for free. "We're investigating adding backwards compatible EA games to EA Access in the future," EA said in response. "Stay tuned."
EA Access is the Xbox One-only membership program which, along with early access and discounts on digital content, offers subscribers unlimited access to a selection of EA games. Presently, these are Xbox One games, but with Microsoft's announcement of backwards compatibility--available now for preview program members, and November for everyone else--Xbox 360 games now seem like a possibility.
Microsoft itself is already leveraging backwards compatibility as an incentive for more than console sales; anyone who buys Gears of War: Ultimate Edition this year will receive versions of Gears of War 2, 3, and Judgment that can be played on Xbox One. It also plans on ensuring that all future Xbox 360 games given away through Games With Gold can be played on Xbox One.
Making a 360 game compatible with Xbox One doesn't require any technical effort on the part of its publisher; it simply has to give Microsoft the thumbs-up. And we know EA isn't averse to doing so, as the original Mass Effect was the game used to demonstrate backwards compatibility during Microsoft's E3 press conference.
EA Access is available for $5 per month or $30 per year.
If EA's Xbox 360 games do come to EA Access' Vault, which ones do you want to see? Let us know in the comments.
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