EA Access Getting What You Pay For
EA Access is a service launched by Electronic Arts (EA). That will allow players access to a few handy features. What’s the catch to all of this? Simple really EA Access isn’t free, it’s going to run players $4.99 a month. What does that $4.99 a month get you? That’s a good question, and it’s one I have an answer to.
Members of EA Access are allowed access to the vault. The vault is a collection of past EA games for the Xbox One. Right now the catalog of games in the vault is small. This is due to EA Access still being in its infancy, but the number of games that members will have access to in the vault will increase over time.
EA Access also allows its members will save 10% on all EA digital purchases on Xbox One. The keyword here is digital so no matter what you buy you will get the 10% discount. So long has it’s a digital purchase, you won’t be able to go to your local GameStop, and purchase the new Madden then tell them you are a EA Access member that you want your 10% discount.
Although I think the most anticipated feature of EA Access, is going to be the play first feature. Play first allows EA Access members to play EA titles before they are released. The good thing about play first is that any progress you make in the game will carry over once the game actually releases. The downside to play first is the simple fact that players will only have access to the game for a limited time.
Now if you’re a home console owner all of this has a pretty big catch. EA Access is only available on the Xbox One. Sony opted out of putting it on the Playstation 4, and I’d honestly be surprised if the Wii U was ever in consideration for the service.
EA Access has a few things to offer players, but the service is still so new that it needs time to grow. How much it can grow only on Xbox One is unclear. If EA want EA Access to truly succeed than EA will need to branch out from the Xbox One.