For those of you waiting for the game subscription EA Access on the Xbox One, you don’t have to wait any longer. It is now waiting for you to download.
Your first question is probably ‘how do I get my hands on it?’ Simply head over to the game store on your console and look for EA Access Hub and download the application, which is not to dissimilar to their EA Season Pass in previous years.
Once you load up the EA Access, you have the choice to subscribe for £3.99 a month which would work out at £47.88 for the year or the more sensible price of £19.99 for 12 months. I cheekily sold my copy of Battlefield 4 to finance the subscription whilst it still has a little value.
When you are subscribed, it’s time to see what you can access inside the vault and at the moment your free games are only FIFA 14, Battlefield 4, Madden 25 and Peggle 2, but before the more cynical amongst make any comments, I think that it’s important to remember that EA have promised that they will not remove games after they’ve been available on Access for a certain amount of time.
With EA promising to keep all games it makes available on Access indefinitely, combined with the fact the library is only going to continue to grow, it does sound quite enticing for EA sports fans.
EA Access subscribers also get to play EA games a few days before they launch and also receive a 10 percent discount on EA digital titles and in-game content. Hardcore sports fans will remember paying a similar price for the EA Season pass which only offered early access to big sports titles and 20% off digital titles making this a big step in the right direction if you are a fan of sports games.
However, there is always a flipside to any announcement from EA and there are a few negative reports from gamers, especially PS4 gamers, who are angry at the Madden NFL 15 demo being locked behind the EA Access Paywall that is only available on the Xbox One.
The debate of consumer choice and managing multiple gaming subscriptions is sure to rage over the next few days, but if you have an Xbox One and you love sports games, along with the ultimate team packs that feed the addiction of football fans, then this is a no-brainer for you. However if you feel these games are not your style, then move on, there is nothing to see here.