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You can start using EA’s awesome Xbox One game subscription service right now

Published Aug 11th, 2014 4:25PM EDT
EA Access Xbox One Subscription

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Over the past week couple of weeks, we’ve been pleasantly surprised by everything we’ve learned about EA Access, a new Xbox One gaming subscription service that will give you the ability to play games like Madden NFL 15, Battlefield 4 and FIFA 14 even if you’ve never bought the games themselves for just $5 per month or $30 for a full year subscription. And on Monday EA announced that you can subscribe to EA Access starting today and get an unlimited fix of top-level EA games for as long as you subscribe.

What makes EA Access look like a particularly enticing bargain is that EA won’t remove games after they’ve been available on Access for a certain amount of time — instead, EA will keep all games it makes available on Access there indefinitely. This means that Access figures to become an even bigger bargain over time as it will give you a huge library of games for a relatively paltry monthly fee of $5 per month.

In many ways, it’s not surprising to see EA try out this model since the music industry and the movie industry have also been moving to unlimited subscription-based streaming services such as Spotify and Netflix. If this particular service is a success, we’ll be interested to see if other big gaming publishers try out similar models.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.