EA Access makes Xbox One a more viable choice compared to PS4
Microsoft and EA are both quite well-known for their ability of taking poor decisions when it comes to their strategies and services designed for the customers. But as not everything in the world is good, nor bad, sometimes those companies go on the right path and redeem themselves.
EA Access falls in those kind of services, one that could really make the difference. If you are not up to date with what EA Access is, I will quickly run you through it so we can all be on the same ground.
EA Access is a monthly (or annual) membership that unlocks the so-called Vault. By purchasing a subscription of $4.99 a month, you will be able to play all the game available in The Vault with no restrictions for the whole period in which you are subscribed to the service. The Vault currently contains the following games: FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2 and Battlefield 4. This means that if you pay the monthly subscription, you will be able to access all these games at an insanely low price. There’s no catch or strings attached to it, just pure fun and a lot of great games.
On top of this, throughout the following years EA will be changing the games available in The Vault, so you won’t get bored with the currently available content. To make the deal even more awesome, by being part of this service you will be able to play trials/ demos five days before release date of new games, and if you decide to buy the game your progress will carry over.
This will start with games such as Madden NFL 15, NHL 15, FIFA 15, NBA LIVE 15, and Dragon Age: Inquisition. Long story short, you can get all of this for just $4.99 monthly or $29.99 per year.
Now, how this service will benefit Xbox One? Well, the first thing is that EA Access is exclusive to Microsoft. And not because EA hasn’t tried to pitch this idea to Sony as well, but Sony rejected their business proposal because they didn’t think it’s a “good value” for PlayStation 4 owners.
By rejecting the offer, Sony has just missed on one of the greatest things since next-generation of consoles were released. The fact that a developer is offering the most important titles in their portfolio for a ridiculously low price point is not something we see on a daily basis. If more developers would follow their example, the gaming world would be a much more enjoyable one for those who can’t really afford a lot of games.
For somebody who’s researching both consoles in order to make an educated purchase, Xbox One might seem a bit more appealing to them especially if they are looking to play mostly EA titles. You can easily compare this service with Sony’s PlayStation Plus or Microsoft’s Xbox Live Gold, but it’s not entirely the same mostly because of its price point and what games it offers. If you are a current owner of either Xbox One and PlayStation 4, I’m sure that you know what kind of games you can play for free by paying that subscription.
But that’s a whole other thing because in the price of the service it’s also included the ability to play online modes of the games. If you do want to buy Xbox One over the PlayStation 4, EA Access will give you a lot of games to play for just as little as $4.99, compared to a full retail price of $60 for just one game. You’ll get to play some nice games even if you can’t afford buying games right after you bought a pricey next-gen console. For people who are new to the console world, and are just looking for the best way to spend their hard-earned money, EA Access might help them in making a decision in which console they should buy.