EA Games have made clear their intentions to launch an Xbox One-based subscription service to games for their burgeoning set on the platform. Starting with four games in what they call “The Vault”: FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2 and Battlefield 4, EA will begin charging a monthly fee for “free” access to their collection.
To be clear: this doesn’t mean that those users who want to purchase the games individually won’t be able to do so. This is just a service like Spotify is for music or Netflix is for video.
In addition to allowing “unlimited” access to a number of titles on the platform, this Xbox One system will bring discounts and “Plat First” features. EA will give 10% off all Xbox One EA digital content with membership to EA Access, while Play First will allow users to play some games earlier than general availability.
Games available with EA Access “Play First” include Madden NFL 15, NHL 15, FIFA 15, NBA LIVE 15, and Dragon Age: Inquisition. With each of these games, you’ll be able to download and play five days before general release – for “free.” Once each game is released, your demo is over and you’ll be able to purchase the game and continue playing where you left off.
This system is in Beta for select users right this minute, and will launch with more titles in “The Vault” once the Beta is done.