Electronic Arts has just launched a brand-new subscription service that gives Xbox One owners many of the company’s biggest titles for just $5 a month, or $29.99 a year.

The service, called EA Access, was announced yesterday and was launched as a beta with a select number of Xbox One gamers chosen to participate in the testing phase. The first games available through the service are FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2 and Battlefield 4, with EA promising that more will be added to the list in the future.

Just like Sony’s PlayStation Plus and Microsoft’s Xbox Live Gold subscriptions entice people with additional bonuses, EA Access will offer all members further discounts on Electronic Arts’ other games and give subscribers access to trial versions of select titles days before general availability.

The official press release said that EA Access would roll out to all Xbox One owners “soon”. There was no mention of regional restrictions, either, which means by the time the Xbox One gets to South Africa in September local gamers should also be able to take part. No word on South African pricing, however.

It’s a very cool and unexpected move from EA, a company that has twice won the “Worst Company in America” award. Its two-year streak was broken this year, though, as it lost out to Time Warner Cable in the 2014 competition.

[Source, Image – EA]

 

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