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Clarified: No Xbox Live Gold Required For EA Access

Posted by Wayne Davies

A fairer deal?

Electronic Arts has now confirmed that their upcoming EA Access service will not require a subscription to Xbox Live Gold in order to download and play titles offered as part of the program.

The news comes in a official statement sent to IGN, clarifying that users can play EA Access titles without Xbox Live Gold, but access to features such as multiplayer will be restricted.

"When it launches, any Xbox One gamer can join EA Access and take advantage of the benefits of membership," EA said. "In order to connect to multiplayer gameplay on the Xbox One platform you will need a subscription to Xbox Gold."

As we reported last week, the Xbox One exclusive service will allow users to download and play game from a library of EA titles called the EA Vault, for a subscription fee of £3.99 a month, or £19.99 a year. Though there are still no details on when EA Access will officially launch, it will also offer 5-day early access to certain titles, starting with Dragon Age: Inquisition, Madden NFL 15, NHL 15, FIFA 15 and NBA Live 15.

Does EA Access sound more appealing to you now you still have some access if your Xbox Live Gold subscription expires? Let us know in the comments.

[via uk.ign.com]

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User Comments (3)

shibbyduckegg

#1

shibbyduckegg said:

If this deal was perhaps a little more expensive per year and allowed for multiplayer without an Xbox Live Gold subscription, that would have been a great deal for most of the gamers I'm familiar with.

If you had a deal that allowed you to, for £40 a year, play any EA game with no extra cost for online, you'd get the entire FIFA crowd signed up and you'd probably switch people over from Call of Duty to Battlefield as their go to / with friends FPS.

Personally I like to own my games physically instead of being locked into a subscription, but given that FIFA is installed annually and you generally always want the latest, it would have had great appeal.

WINGNUT

#2

WINGNUT said:

Didn't EA have something like this on 360? Basically gave you early access to the Games via a digital download until you bought the retail version? I remember a friend of mine having a full week on tiger woods before it was released..... Seems too good to be true in all honesty to me.

SuperKMxAdmin

#3

SuperKMx said:

@WINGNUT They did, yeah. It was called Season Pass and basically gave you early access to their sports games for a year. Was £20-£30, I seem to remember, and you got in-game stuff like Ultimate Team cards, too.

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