EA Access Launches Today on Xbox One

Electronic Arts recently announced and rolled out a beta version of its Xbox One-exclusive EA Access program, a subscription-based service that gives members unlimited access to EA’s cutting-edge gaming library, discounts on all digital content and early access to a variety of EA’s upcoming titles, for a modest monthly (or annual) fee.

Today, EA Access launches for all Xbox One owners, with Battlefield 4, FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, and Peggle 2 debuting in The Vault. EA Access members also receive 10% off digital purchases including full games like the upcoming Madden NFL 15 or Dragon Age Inquisition as well as purchases in FIFA Ultimate Team or on new map packs for Battlefield. Plus, EA Access members have the opportunity to try new EA titles five days ahead of retail launch – only on Xbox One.

Learn more about EA Access over on Xbox Wire, or sign up directly at the EA Access web portal.

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  • dibils

    got the year sub in the preview.. i discovered Peggle 2 thanks to this service! what an addictive and awesome game

    + early access to games + 10% off all purchases. great deal i think. i bought it as a tester for a year and so far so good

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  • todd Wright

    Thank you xbox for giving me the choice of whether or not i wanted this awesome service❤

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    • Brad

      When you’re desperate, you’ll do anything. Pretty soon the XB1 dash will be nothing but spyware.

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      • todd Wright

        spyware that you cant use keep bitching

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      • MobileVortex

        ^^ the downs are strong with this one.

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  • digitallife

    It’s a great service is you buy 2 or more EA games per year, you know the regular yearly franchises. It’s an interesting concept that would be awesome with large studios. Wish they had given us a month membership with the beta testing tho..would have more to say.

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  • Dylan

    For fans of demos, this EA access stuff killed them. That is, according to Polygon.

    Hopefully the service can make up for that.

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    • Brad

      Yeah I saw that on NeoGaf as well. This is a bad move for EA (removing demos) and more reason why I support Sony for not picking up the service. It’s garbage.

      The only game worth the subscription is BF4 and you WILL have to have XB Gold access to enjoy the game. Multiplayer is where it’s at as the campaign is over in a few hours. Maybe that’s why Sony was selling BF4 premium this past week for $30…

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      • drakejr

        Which demo did they remove? The demo for BF? Doesn’t exist. The demo for Madden on PS4 and XBO? Doesn’t exist. The Peggle demo? Doesn’t exist. The Fifa demo? Still around.

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      • dibils

        it is incredibly funny how neogaf and all anti EA/MS people have twisted the no Madden demo announcement lol

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    • drakejr

      Polygon had already editorialized that they were against the service and completely misconstrued what was happening in the most sensational way possible.

      Tell me, did EA access prevent a PS4 and XBO demo last year? The answer is no, because there wasn’t one.

      Demos are becoming less common with respect to nearly every publisher. EA is providing a unique alternative.

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      • ElektroDragon

        You are a corporate shill extraordinaire. You’re basically saying lack of demos is a good thing.

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      • Michael Burden

        And along those same lines, the EA Season Ticket (which this program evolved from) has been around for several years offering early access to games before release – yet we still had demos that whole time. Just because a developer (Tiburon) decides their time and money is better spent on improving the game that working on a demo should in no way signal that the EA Access is going to replace demos or betas – which has been clearly stated by EA representatives as well.

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  • Adam Moores

    Is it possible to pay for a subscription using my Xbox Live Balance or do i need to make a payment directly to EA

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    • JohnnyXB1

      no , you need to use credit card (((

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  • The Anonymous Doctor

    Now all I need is an Xbox One.

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  • luke cooper

    just got my subscription amazing value considering battlefield 4 is £29.99 pre-owned at my local game store and never tried peggle for only £20 a year im so happy with this

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  • PrinceOfEden

    Well this sucks, they won’t allow you to use the money already on your account, meaning credit
    cards only. Which wouldn’t be a issue but my account has been glitched
    when it comes to paying with information for a while, and Xbox support has been no help.

    So no games for me
    until they allow you to sign up through their website, or allow you to
    pay with the money on your account.

    The link to sign on on their website is somewhat of a trap, it only signs you up for a newsletter.

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  • EldritchWarlord

    I would sign up for this service in a heartbeat if EA would commit to all their future Xbox One games being available. I would hate to sign up for that half-price DA:I only to find out later that the new Battlefront and/or Mirror’s Edge 2 won’t be on EA Access.

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    • digitallife

      That is a very good and valid point…one I hadn’t thought of. That’s a serious piece of information to consider. Let’s hope it’s not limited to games that lose value quickly such as madden entries.

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  • Gazmaster3D

    Easy choice to sign up. I wanted BF4 and haven’t played Madden in years plus discounts on future digital releases. All for just under £20, which is less than I spend on coffee in a week.

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    • Senses Failed

      My daily regular costa black americano costs £2.10, i feel your pain

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  • ElektroDragon

    Notice they put Dragon Age on there, but only mention a discount on purchasing it. They fool you into thinking Dragon Age will be one of the included “plan” games and I guarantee you it won’t until at least a year after it comes out. I guess once it gets more games it might be a cheap way to boost my gamerscore while all the serious playing happens on the other console.

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    • MobileVortex

      The only people they are “tricking” are the ones who dont know how to read…

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    • drakejr

      Deliberately understanding things in the worst possible way is choosing to be stupid. Stop.

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      • ElektroDragon

        No. If you just look at the picture and don’t bother to read closely (i.e. MOST PEOPLE) you’re going to think Dragon Age is going to be included day one and buy the service, which is exactly what EA wants you to think.

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      • drakejr

        1) If you look at the pictures it doesn’t tell you anything about the service, it simply says EA Access and shows a number of games, what would make you draw any conclusions about anything? You are deliberately making the stupidest possible assumption. Willful stupidity is still stupidity.

        2) If you click through, there are photos of the games in the vault for “visual learners” such as yourself.

        Once again, don’t be devoted to being a dolt. It is unbecoming.

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      • ElektroDragon

        You’re right. But I was going with the theme of “EA is the most hated company in the America”.

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      • drakejr

        Moving from an indefensible position to a troll position is just pathetic.

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      • ElektroDragon

        OK, so all news outlets that reported EA as #1 most hated or top 10 most hated are also all just trolling.

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  • robert

    Can we get it set up to pay with Microsoft money please.

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    • ElektroDragon

      EA doesn’t want your Microsoft money.🙂

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    • digitallife

      Your subscription isn’t a payment to microsoft it goes directly to EA, Microsoft makes it’s money on the discounted games you buy as a part of your subscription.

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      • savaman2002

        The payment goes go directly to MS. It’s processes is the Xbox One Marketplace. But you can’t currently use the MS funds on your account due it being a ongoing service. If you don’t want to use a card they are going be offer codes in retail stores.

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      • robert

        I’m looking to buy a code but so far no look in uk stores .

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      • savaman2002

        Since it’s a brand new service… probably going to be a while. Go to EA Access site and follow the info there.

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  • aka del72

    i got it about a week ago with the preveiw program ,4 euro for 4 games i didnt have ,it was a bargin, now i just need to learn to play fifa

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  • Guest

    It looks like a good deal, BUT, I’m not buying into it yet. I got burned with CoD: Elite in the past. First it included all the maps for the CoD games (being a glorified season pass that I was OK with), then the year after it required to be purchased separately from the season pass and its maps, which made the service useless (and made it fail after that IMO because they were greedy aholes). I’ll wait a year and see if this doesn’t screw us over like Elite did. Don’t care about there being no more demos though, there weren’t many demos for EA games in the past and I’m not a NeoGAF loser at real life.

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    • Guest

      Hahaha indeed, the $0N¥ losers there even spread the BS lie that MS lost $400 million with the Xbox One and it’s just been properly exposed by Neowin.
      The hilariousness comes from the fact that business sites like Forbes and Business Weekly have PoS bloggers that copy-paste that BS and make articles about it stating it as truth.
      N4G, NeoGaf and VGChartz are sites that need their entire wannabe prophet without any proof communities burned to the ground. They’re not gamers, they’re media manipulators and a cancer to the gaming industry and many low IQ people eat thyose fale truths like candy.

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      • Senses Failed

        Truth

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  • Ross Kemp

    Allow us to pay/sub with monies already on our MS acc .
    I have X amount of credit on there , and would of bought it in a heartbeat ( mainly more so if Plants vs Zombies and UFC were a valid option ) .
    Please look into paying via our MS credit .

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    • digitallife

      the payment is directly to EA not MS, Ms only collects money on the discounted games you buy using that subscription. XBL is only a gateway…if MS collected on that subscription payment it would certainly not be as low as $29.99 a year

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      • Rudy Bienaime

        Can’t pay via debit card either

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      • aka del72

        think i read if its a visa debit card you can

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      • Rudy Bienaime

        Nope… Just tried my debit card visa logo… Not working… Guess EA don’t want our money

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      • Gazmaster3D

        Or your bank don’t want you to spend it.

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      • skunk73

        my visa debit worked fine

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      • Rudy Bienaime

        Shoot I have a greendot visa debit

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      • digitallife

        Debit cards aren’t always supported for recurring payments…if you are doing the one month thing that may be why.

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      • Rudy Bienaime

        Tried the 12 month

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      • digitallife

        might be due to the updates launched today, try buying from the xbox website instead

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      • digitallife

        good luck and check under settings to see if you have a firmware update, i got one this morning

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      • Rudy Bienaime

        May have gotten it but I don’t know…

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      • Jan Václavík

        I am pretty sure they could work something out.

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  • Ricky

    I paid with visa debit worked fine. I used to have a visa electron which was a little hit and miss online. I’m sure you’re local store will start selling EA access subsciptions

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  • ChrisC99

    10% off all digital purchases of new games is a joke. So you save $6 on a new game that you have to get digitally. If you bought the disc at full price, a year from then you can resell it for $15 – $20 easily. Now if you enjoy digital and hate discs then sure, not bad.

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    • Ricky

      You won’t get 15-20 for fifa in the UK you’ll be lucky to get 5 after 1year. However retail games are normally cheaper than on the console. If Xbox want to take digital seriously they should price match and/or allow you to ‘trade in’ digital games for a competitive value. removing the right to access the game. and freeing up cash to buy another digital purchase

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      • ChrisC99

        I got $15 for Madden, $26 for Fifa + $15 extra for trading in 2 games. Seems better than $6 a game. Now granted this is right before the new ones come out but close enough for me.

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      • Ricky

        fifa hasn’t been out for one year… once it has and fifa 15 is out the price drops off. this is in the UK where everyone has a copy already.

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      • Michael Burden

        How is it better when you no longer have those games that I am sure you paid a lot more for than that? Now if you invested that money into EA Access for a year, you’d still have access to those game plus two others, get a discount on the new FIFA, play it early and still have some of the money left over to put against the purchase.

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      • ChrisC99

        I never have wanted to go back and play old sports games with old rosters. Main reason is every year or two a major feature comes in to these games. I don’t want to go back and not have a feature.

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    • dibils

      digital or GTFO

      support the devs not gamespot or GAME etc. screw used market

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      • http://www.doblu.com/ Matt Paprocki

        Yeah! Burn the libraries too! Giving away those free books. And thrift stores! All those used goods being sold without fund being funneled back to the makers. It’s almost like everything has a used market. Oh the horror!

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      • drakejr

        Yeah and all those other things nobody was talking about! Stop being deliberately obtuse.

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      • http://www.doblu.com/ Matt Paprocki

        Games are not special nor separate from any other used market.

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      • ImTheMetalLord

        Why yes they are different then what you are comparing them to. Compare them to Music or Movies or books which have moved into a primarily digital content business model. And the pricing of these has dropped when the consumers started accepting that model. Much like PC gaming.

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      • Digiadam

        Fool

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      • Mando44646

        When they charge fair prices for digital,I will! Until then, no way

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      • ChrisC99

        Real solution is digital tier is $40.

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      • Guest

        Indeed, FRACK retail. Then can go out of business for al I care with their PoS practices making money of used games and royally scruwing devs and publishers.

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  • http://Www.mylifewithgaming.wordpress.com/ Mitchell Hall

    I’m most likely going to pick this up in November when dragon age is set to come out just to get to play it 5 days early.. but I own battlefield and I’m not a fan of football or soccer so the games don’t really appeal to me yet.

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  • CXK

    Once the games appeal more to me, I could see myself getting this. Its a cool service and I hope Xbox or more publishers do some sort of “rental” system where we just download. An all you can eat model is excellent too.

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    • drakejr

      Sony has a rental option, but it charges exorbitant prices to stream games for even a 1 hour rental.

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      • lassenwolf

        Yeah I agree but theres already 127 games. Sony doesn’t have anything to do with price unless its a Sony game. But Sony has made it clear they are doing a subscription also. The service works great . Ive been in the beta all year

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      • Jan Václavík

        Some of the most expensive games are from Sony, though.

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      • drakejr

        But they have no choice in the matter, they just provide the service and control the platform. If anything they are the victims here. That’s why the Sony Defense Force is here to protect them.

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  • LLSMUVG

    I got the service, and it plays great! Now, I will return my fifa 14, and preorder Fifa 15 with whatever I get from EB GAmes/Gamestop. score! #winwin

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    • Jan Václavík

      Still cheaper than the digital copy even with those 10 percent off?

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  • Vince

    This is all great, but I prefer physical copies. I’ll pass.

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  • Joshua Mason

    Was getting error that implied servers were down (shocking I know) and now all I get is a continuous loading screen. Nice job ea.

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  • Francisco Valencia

    Awesome! Absolutely awesome! Digital format with lower prices is the future, like Steam.

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  • John Smith

    Anyone know if we will still get demos? I don’t buy a game unless i like the demo.

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  • Carnage Rules

    Major, are you aware that money in your Microsoft account can’t be used to pay the subscription fee, is this an error and will it get fixed?

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    • Gazmaster3D

      Curios if you can buy a Netflix sub with your MS cash?

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    • That80sGuy

      Ea and Microsoft are different companies. So no you can’t use your Microsoft account. Credit card or purchase a membership from GameStop.

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      • Carnage Rules

        There is a section in the terms of service for EA ACCESS that talks about the use of Xbox gift cards section 16.1. I believe

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      • Gazmaster3D

        EA access FAQ states ”At the moment, we can only accept credit card and PayPal payments for EA Access membership.”

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      • Carnage Rules

        yeah, I read that, hopefully that gets updated to accept MS money ASAP because I have too much of it

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    • bickle2

      No, it’s not an error. It’s in their FAQ.

      I did the same thing and now I’m stuck

      The likely answer is “Microsoft will take 30% if we allow checkout with MSP, and until we negotiate a better rate you’re stuck”

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