Electronic Arts have confirmed that, after a successful beta program, their "EA Access" program is now available for Xbox One in a subset of countries worldwide. By downloading the special "EA Access Hub" app directly on the Xbox One console, players will be able to sign-up to the service for a monthly or annual fee, and get full access to a selection of EA games in The Vault, playable at any time; including titles such as Battlefield 4
Other benefits of members ship include:
* try new games five days before their official release date
* get 10% discounts on EA digital download purchases, including full games, downloadable content and in-game currency
* players are not required to have an Xbox Live gold membership to use the service (however, one will still be needed if players wish to partake in multiplayer portions of a game)
The countries that can currently access EA Access are as follows: Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, United Kingdom, and the United States. Additional territories will be targeted in the future. United States pricing is set at $4.99 per month, or $29.99 for a year, with other regions likely to encounter variable pricing. Also at this time, EA Access memberships can only be purchased using credit card or PayPal payments.
EA Access appears to be the latest step in the evolution of the video games industry, and follows in the footsteps of other similar rental/streaming business models such as Netflix for television and movies. EA Lead Producer Michael Lewis states "We’re really thrilled to be working with the Xbox team on this project. We think it’s a service gamers are really going to love, and the initial reception has been amazing." Gamers can bet that other major game publishers will be keeping a keen eye on how well this scheme works.
EA Access is available now in select countries; if you do decide to sign up, please let us know what you think of this new service in the comments section.