EA to start Netflix-like subscription for Xbox One games

By Mihir Shah,

EA announced that they will charge $4.99 a month for Xbox One games. This is similar to the approach Netflix is using for their video delivery services.

Forbes noted it is obvious that the majority of console gamers lament the industry is following this direction. Gamers will soon be open to a wider media market, just as Netflix has proven to change the video industry with their subscription services. One can even expect that there be an Activision or a Ubisoft subscription service in the upcoming years.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Electronic Arts introduced a service called EA access, which starts in a beta version for some players now, and will be available to every video game console this summer.

Initially, gamers are able to play 4 popular EA games; namely, FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2 and Battlefield 4. The cost would be $4.99 monthly or $29.99 annually. On a separate purchase, these games could amount to over $100, according to EA.

Later this year, the company plans to add more games. Access members can additionally enjoy 10 percent discounts on digital purchases, full games, downloadable content and in-game currency. EA announced that Madden NFL 15, NHL 15, FIFA 15, NBA Live 15 and Dragon Age: Inquisition can be played by subscribers for 5 days before their actual release date.

EA access will be available in the U.S., Canada and Europe. GameStop, EB Games and Amazon will sell subscriptions.

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