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EA announces subscription service for Xbox One gamers

By Shawn Knight ยท 18 replies
Jul 29, 2014
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  1. Borrowing a page from the streaming music and video industry, Electronic Arts on Tuesday announced a subscription service targeting Xbox One owners. EA Access, in partnership with Microsoft, will grant members access to select EA games for a monthly (or...

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  2. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +138

    GameFly already does this, but to answer the question no, I wouldn't pay $5 a month for a membership. I like owning my games.
  3. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,441   +462

    Maybe if they had more games, I own madden and sold my battlefield on ebay so meh what the point. Xbox one as a whole only has like 20 games, this next gen has been a big let down.
  4. Heihachi1337

    Heihachi1337 TS Rookie Posts: 49   +11

    Wait wait, let me get this straight.
    1) I pay for internet access to my ISP (Comcast, Google, etc.)
    2) I now pay for Xbox online access
    3) Now EA is asking for additional sub fees, despite paying for the above and purchasing their game

    Welcome to the new world order of indentured servitude via micro-transactions. I guess poison is easiest swallowed in small doses.
  5. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,823   +2,078

    I remember when game demos were free...I'm glad I stopped buying EA games years ago. I'm nearing 27 years old anyway, I'm getting to old for this garbage. I buy maybe 2 games a year at this point anyway and it's usually something I see for $5 on steam. EA doesn't make a single product worth buying. More so now that they jam Origin down your throat. They want to start charging a subscription fee for demos and extra content, what a joke. Forget about being nickle and dimed, they're going after every last penny....
  6. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,645   +304

    You're wrong on the "and purchasing their game". That's the entire point, you don't have to purchase the game.

    And come on, you're paying for internet access anyway. Do you lump it with any silly argument you have? "OMG I have to buy a game to play it. How dare they? I already pay for internet access!"
  7. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,645   +304

    At 27 year old, it's about time you learned to read.
  8. GeforcerFX

    GeforcerFX TS Evangelist Posts: 849   +352

    I like how every negative comment so far has been by someone who obviously read 6 words of the article then just made there own conclusions. It a optional service that for some would allow them to potentially play more of EA's AAA titles they release every year. If madden and Fifa are major titles included and they are launch day access titles this would be huge for the people who buy those games every year at $60. But as others have pointed out physically owning the game is nice too, it could be like netflix where you have "x" mount of time to play before the game is removed and a different one replaces it.
  9. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    The $4.99 a month is a joke but $25 a year is what I call a deal! specially if you say BF4 costs what $30-60? Wonder if this will come to PC...
  10. nazartp

    nazartp TS Booster Posts: 178   +13

    EA just want a steady stream of revenue. Subscription service eliminates seasonality and peaks and values due to the timing of new releases. It also, to an extent, mitigates the effect of major failed launches. Say EA banked on Dragon Age Inquisition and it flopped - results in a big hole in cash flow.

    Ultimately will depend on what they'll have in the library and how good the new releases are to keep people playing. $5/month equals to a purchase of a single AAA game in a year. To make me keep paying it year on year - that's a different story.
  11. My allotment for anything EA related has been reached and in about 3-4 years I'll give them another shot (as in 1 shot) to see if they got it right; otherwise, I'll keep my $25 this year and every year going forward - EA doesn't deserve them with the kind of crap and half-"baked" games they have been releasing.

    yRaz said it correctly - demos...because they're not games.
  12. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,823   +2,078

    "EA Access, in partnership with Microsoft, will grant members access to select EA games for a monthly (or annual) fee and early access to game demos"
  13. GeforcerFX

    GeforcerFX TS Evangelist Posts: 849   +352

    Your not grasping the concept of "early access", the demos will still be released you just get first crack at them with the subscription. It's like with there open betas, pre-order customers usually get a 2-3 day head start on the beta.
  14. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,823   +2,078

    I understand early access quite well, but demos themselves are used as early access previews and are free. It isn't paying to have early access I have a problem with. I have a problem with EA withholding a demo and charging for "early access" to it. The demo is ready for everyone to use by the time they release it for "early access". If you can't see that then you aren't grasping the concept of a money grab.
  15. GeforcerFX

    GeforcerFX TS Evangelist Posts: 849   +352

    I would assume that the demo will still be before the game, usually EA's definition of early access is like 3-5 days, so if the demos keep being like 1-2 weeks before release and the subscription users are getting in 3 weeks early I don't see a huge prob with that.
  16. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    I'm with you on this one but I have to correct you, you don't own the game, ever, the publisher owns it and you just own a copy but we get what you're saying.
    As a matter of fact I refuse to pay EA a penny for anything, they're famous for fleecing you and never delivering. If I pirated my games (which I don't) I wouldn't pirate anything from EA, that's how strongly I feel about them, if they release a title which I think I may be interested in I still won't buy it, I'd rather go without.
    cmbjive likes this.
  17. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,441   +462

    People pirate xbox one games?

    You know what you can't resell a subscription. Currently you can buy battlefield or madden 25 for 20$ on ebay. Id rather pay a one time fee for a game and sell it on ebay if I do not like it. Then use that money to try out a another game, rinse, repeat and not be restricted to EA titles.
  18. gingerbill

    gingerbill TS Addict Posts: 233   +59

    I imagine at EA they have rooms full of hundreds of people who's only job is to come up with more way's to get money out your wallet and then one small room for people with any talent actually making games. If they spent as much time and effort making games as trying to make money they would be far better of , certainly in the long term.
  19. theBest11778

    theBest11778 TS Addict Posts: 298   +127

    $29.99/yr is a good deal if you play several of their annualized games (I.e. Madden, Battlefield/Medal of Honor, Fifa, NBA, etc...) Someone else said it above, but that saves those people a TON of money. Just 2 of those games will run you $120. That's $90 saved. Play 3 of them, that's $150 saved. I personally prefer games like Mass Effect/Dragon Age which aren't annualized (thankfully,) so it isn't for me, but I have friends that are big in to BF and Madden. This would be great for them.

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