After 5 Years, EA Access Is Finally Live On PlayStation 4
The EA Access subscription service has finally launched for PlayStation 4, the best part of five years since it landed on Xbox One. Wow. Why does that gap make me feel completely ancient?
In the last year or so, these single-publisher subscription services have become quite The Thing, with Ubisoft announcing its UPlay Plus program at E3 2019, Square Enix making noises to the effect of sticking its back catalogue on a streaming service, and Google Stadia's whole streaming model opening the door to more publishers running their own schemes.
Of course, the major console players of Xbox and PlayStation run their own subscription services, with Game Pass and PlayStation Plus, amongst other options. Nintendo has its Switch Online subscription, too, but at the moment it offers only NES games in return for online access to multiplayer Switch titles. (SNES games, when?)
EA Access started on Xbox in August 2014, and a slightly different service, Origin Access, has run on PC since 2016. Back in 2014, EA did offer Access to PlayStation, but Sony turned it down, presumably fearing it would compromise its own ambitions for PlayStation Plus.
As of July 25, though, PS4 users can access EA's subscription service - which for a monthly sub of £3.99 in the UK (a £19.99 annual option is also available) provides early access to big games, up to five days ahead of their release date. So if you want to get a headstart on FIFA 20 or Madden NFL 20, here's your option.
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Also available are 'First Trials', offering ten hours of a new game for free, and then a discount on their RRP. Yes, subscribers still have to buy the big new games, unlike what we see on Xbox Game Pass.
EA Access also offers unlimited play of titles in its 'Vault', including the likes of A Way Out, Star Wars Battlefront II, Dragon Age: Inquisition, FIFA 19, Mass Effect: Andromeda, and Battlefield V.
TBH, it's the Vault that offers the most appeal of this service, to me - 20 quid for some thoroughly decent but slightly older games is okay. (Can we get Desert Strike on there, too?) And looking a little deeper into the Vault, there are plenty of titles that *could* pique your interest, if you've missed them 'til now. Ones that immediately stand out to me are Titanfall 2, Unravel, Mirror's Edge Catalyst, Fe, Burnout Paradise Remastered, and (obviously) Peggle 2.
You can sign up to EA Access, if you want to via the PlayStation Store. And if not, well, you're now armed with the knowledge that you can, at least. And knowledge is power, my friends.
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