EA Access Now Released On Xbox Live, Early Access Subscription Supersedes Existence Of Madden 15 Demo

By Matthew Buzzi , Updated Aug 11, 2014 03:06 PM EDT
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EA Access, the publisher's subscription service that allows you access to a library of select games, is now out of beta and live on Xbox One.

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The service will only be coming to Microsoft's new console--Sony opted out and labeled Access as a bad value. A subscription costs $4.99 per month or $29.99 for a year, and has thus far been in beta for a limited group. The full version is now out, available to anyone on Xbox One with an internet connection, and does not require Xbox Live Gold to use.

EA is calling its offered library of titles "The Vault", and right now it includes Battlefield 4, Madden NFL 25, FIFA 14, and Peggle. Games will continue to be added to the library over time, and some newer titles are available in early access.

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Select upcoming titles can be played up to five days before release with the service--that offer is available currently for Madden 15, NHL 15, FIFA 15 and Dragon Age: Inquisition, and will be opened five days before their respective release dates. Access also gets you a 10 percent discount on Xbox Live digital content, including both DLC and full games. Battlepacks in Battlefield 4 and FIFA Ultimate Team packs in FIFA 14 would receive that discount, for example.

The emergence of EA Access has done away with a demo for Madden 15, a disappointing development for those who can't or won't subscribe to EA Access. This is also unfortunate for PlayStation 4 owners, who now have no way to play the game early, free or otherwise. The publisher seemignly prefers to put the ability to play the game early behind a paywayll, rather than also offer a demo for free--it remains to be seen if this will be the consistent strategy going forward.

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