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Announced this morning, the EA Access subscription service is exclusive to Xbox One. You can find full details about the program here. By subscribing, players will gain access to discounts, access to download games from a library of Electronic Arts titles, and the option (with caveats) to download and play new Electronic Arts releases up to five days early.
In an e-mail sent to Xbox One update preview members, Electronic Arts and Microsoft thanked preview members for their help, and detailed how to dive in and test the access program. Beta testers will have unlimited access to Madden NFL 25, FIFA 14, Peggle 2, and Battlefield 4. The other aspects of EA Access, like getting to play truncated versions of certain titles early, and assorted discounts, are also included in the beta. When the program moves out of beta, it will $29.99 to purchase a year subscription, or you can pay $4.99 per month.
If you are eligible to participate, check your e-mail, or sign onto your Xbox One and check your messages. It's there that players will be able to find a code to download the EA Access app.
Our TakeOne of the nice things about Sony's comparable service, PlayStation Plus, is how diverse the collection of titles are every month from an assortment of different publishers and developers. Electronic Arts has impressive diversity in its library – more than most publishers – but I don't know if it will be able to justify the cost of subscribing. I'm curious to see how many and which titles, are available each month.
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