Starting new services that claim to be “the Netflix of….” seems to be in fashion this year with all you can read and all you can listen to being prominent. EA yesterday announced a new service called EA Access for the Xbox One which gives you access to a number of games as well as several other useful add ons.
The service which is launching in beta (in the UK and the US) will initially give access to Madden NFL 25, FIFA 14, Battlefield 4 and Peggle 2 with the range expanding after the beta has finished. It will also give a 10% discount on digital purchases of EA games with a much longer list of available titles. Finally and perhaps most interestingly it lets you download new EA games five days before their launch and let you play them for a ‘limited time’. This might not seem that important but as these are the full games rather than any form of cut down demo this means you will be able to check its accessibility – can you work with the controller setup? Are the graphics and lights too flashy? Is the dialogue clear and legible or are the subtitles comprehensive?
EA access is available to sign up for a beta now with a launch date ‘to be announced soon’ of for $4.99 per month and $29.99 per year in the US and £3.99 per month or £19.99 per year. It is currently Xbox One only and Sony have sad that it will not be available on the PS3 or PS4 but I would not be shocked to see it on the PC eventually. If anyone has the size and catalogue to make the Netflix of games work by themselves it would be EA and this is will be interesting to watch.