Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA) and Microsoft are now offering “EA Access,” a subscription service for gamers that offers unlimited access to a “vault” of games.
Sony’s (NYSE:SNE) PlayStation 4 is offering a similar service, PlayStation Now, which will launch its beta on Thursday.
EA Access, which is currently in beta, will be available for $5 per month or $30 per year. Subscribers will have unlimited access to titles like “FIFA 14,” “Madden NFL 25,” “Peggle 2” and “Battlefield 4.” Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) also promises subscribers that more games will be available soon, and titles will be updated regularly.
Additionally, Xbox One users will score a 10 percent discount on all EA games, downloadable content and in-game currency. EA also promises users access to early trials for this year’s lineup of EA sports titles like “Madden,” “NHL,” “NBA Live” and “FIFA.” Players will also be able to play “Dragon Age: Inquisition” five days before the game hit shelves to the public.
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â€” EA Access (@EAAccess) July 29, 2014
Last week, Microsoft reported that its Xbox One sales were up 14 percent in its fiscal fourth quarter, according to a quarter-end report on July 22. The Redmond, Washington, multimedia brand said it shipped 1.1 million Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles to retailers during the period, which ended June 30.