The video game industry is experiencing a rapid change with the traditional idea of buying a physical title quickly becoming a thing of the past. Digital downloads are becoming increasingly popular since the release of the next-gen consoles although EA is taking this idea up a notch with the announcement of their EA Access service.
EA Access works much like Netflix, but for video games. You pay a $4.99 monthly fee or $30 for prepaid year then you're granted access to catalog of EA titles to play anytime you'd like. This is far cheaper than playing the usual $60 per title price especially since most people get bored with a game and stop playing it within a year of purchasing it.
There are a few catches however as the game library is limited to only a few titles at this time and the EA Access title is only being offered on the Xbox One as of now. According to reports, Sony was to be included in the EA Access service although they rejected the offer as they thought it wasn't worth the money.
The service is currently in a closed beta though they plan to sell the EA Access memberships in both retail stores as well as online via Xbox Live. The current game catalogue includes Madden 25, FIFA 14, Peggle 2, and Battlefield 4. A subscription to the service will also include discounts on other EA games and DLC as well as early access to demos of upcoming titles such as Madden 15, FIFA 15, NHL 15, and Dragon Age: Inquisition.
As a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and our Managing Editor, Colt loves testing out the newest tech products/services. His goal is to help better educate other consumers to ensure the most satisfying purchases decisions on consumer electronics and services. When he is not working on creating new content, Colt enjoys spending time with his two Australian Shepherds, Mia and Zoey.