Want to enjoy the latest PC games without paying $60 for every new game?
EA has a solution for you called EA Access. Available through Origin, EA Access promises to offer “endless PC gaming” for $4.99 per month.
Some of the flagship titles available through EA Access at the moment include Battlefield Hardline, Battlefield 4, The Sims 3, FIFA 15, SimCity, and Dragon Age: Inquisition, among others.
The service is available to all Origin users on Windows.
Your $5 per month entry fee gains you access to EA’s Vault, which is a growing library of games – including some of the older EA titles and games over a year old.
Think of it like the Netflix for PC gaming: your low monthly rate gives you access to a huge library of games, but you won’t be able to get instant access to new flagship titles.
You can, however, get early access to some pre-release trial versions of EA games, as you’ll learn below.
Sign up for the new EA Access service here.
The full list of games currently in the vault include: Battlefield Hardline Digital Deluxe, Dragon Age Inquisition Digital Deluxe, This War of Mine, Need for Speed Rivals: Complete Edition, FIFA 15, Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare, Battlefield 4 Digital Deluxe, The Sims 3 Starter Pack, SimCity, Dead Space 3, Battlefield 3, Dragon Age II, Dead Space 2, Dragon Age Origins – Ultimate Edition, Dead Space.
EA Access probably sounds familiar to Xbox One users. For the past year and a half, EA has offered a service to Xbox One users called EA Access.
That service works in a similar way to the PC version: you get unlimited access to a growing library of titles at a flat monthly rate.
With the service expanded to the PC, there are now two major platforms enjoying EA Access.
Clearly, EA must have been happy with its subscribership on Xbox to expand the program to the PC.
Sorry Mac gamers, there’s no EA Access for you yet.
Don’t expect EA’s brand new games to appear on EA Access until they’ve been on the market for about a year or two.
However, you can expect to find certain pre-release trial versions of EA’s games available on the service. Those pre-release trial versions will be full-featured games and not early access alphas.
Access to these games will be revoked after the game is officially released.
At launch, the only pre-release trial available was the yarn-based platform Unravel. You can play the game on February 4th for five days before it’s released worldwide on February 9th.
In other words, you’re getting a full-featured demo of the game before it’s released.
You can view the full list of upcoming EA trials here.
Another advantage of EA Access is that subscribers get a small discount from the Origin online store.
You can take 10% off the retail price of all the games in the store.
EA’s subscription-based PC gaming model is the first major service available for the PC.
However, other services exist for console gamers. Microsoft’s Games with Gold program, for example, gives its Xbox Live Gold subscribers two new games a month as part of their subscription.
PlayStation Plus users also get two free games per month. Sony also released a service called PlayStation Now that lets users pay a monthly fee to stream older titles – very similar to EA Access.
We’re still waiting for a subscription package for gamers who split their time between PC and Xbox gaming. Can’t we pay, say, $8 per month for unlimited access to titles on both systems? Get on it, EA.