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No Xbox Live Gold subscription required to use EA Access

Posted on August 5, 2014 AT 02:51am

EA Access, the upcoming Xbox one-exclusive subscription service for various EA titles, will not require an active Xbox Live Gold membership to use, EA has confirmed.

“EA Access doesn’t require an Xbox Live Gold subscription,” an EA spokesperson told Polygon. “However, in order to use multiplayer functionality for games in the vault or EA games on Xbox One you’ll need a Gold subscription per usual.”

The service is available for either $4.99 a month or $29.99 a year, and offers access to four full titles during the beta: Madden NFL 25, FIFA 14, Battlefield 4 and Peggle 2. EA plans to add more titles in the future. As well as this, members also get 10 percent off the purchase of various EA titles, such as Madden NFL 15, FIFA 15, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, and more.

Finally, being an EA Access member means that you can download and play certain upcoming EA titles up to five days before release. At the moment this includes: Madden NFL 15, NHL 15, FIFA 15, NBA LIVE 15, and Dragon Age: Inquisition. If you choose to purchase the game after launch then you can pick up from where you left off.

EA Access will not be available on PlayStation 4, following Sony’s decision not to support it. “We don’t think asking our fans to pay an additional $5 a month for this EA-specific program represents good value to the PlayStation gamer,” a Sony rep said last week. 

Source: Polygon

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