Origin / EA Access, everything you need to know

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What is EA Access?

Launched in 2014, EA Access it's a subscription game service di Electronic Arts, which offers owners of Xbox One access to an extensive library of titles (The Vault) and some luscious discounts.

Sony also had the opportunity to participate in the partnership, but the company's management refused the offer, declaring that the service was not particularly convenient for its users. PC gamers on the other hand are able to use the twin service, Origin Access.



While it's an Xbox exclusive right now, EA Access may soon be making its way to other platforms. In fact, in recent months, the CEO of EA, Andrew Wilson, said the service was so successful that the company "Will continue to invest in this model, so that it can arrive on other platforms in the future".

The consoles that EA is trying to target have not been announced, but PlayStation 4 could be among them. Thanks to the enormous success of the service, even the Japanese giant seems to have recently opened up to a concrete possibility of bringing the service to its current console. At the moment, however, these are simple indiscretions, neither confirmed nor denied.

What are the benefits of being an EA Access member?

The advantage of being an EA Access member is that you can play any preview game. At the moment there are over fifty titles playable (the list is available at the following link: https://www.ea.com/it-it/ea-access/games), including Xbox 360 ones, and members can download and try them for free as long as they subscribe to the service. Moreover, if you decide to buy a game in digital version, a 10% discount will be applied immediately.



However, there are some time limits on when to get a game and / or a preview trial compared to all the others. In fact, generally the privilege of being able to play a new game before everyone else is about five days before its official launch and for a maximum of ten hours. If the game turns out to be to your liking and you decide to purchase the full version, all progress of the trial version can be carried over.

How long do you have the privilege of playing EA Access games?

As long as the subscription is active, there will be no access limits to the extensive collection. If membership is suspended, the games can no longer be played, but all progress and saves are retained. While the Terms of Service allow EA to remove titles with thirty days' notice, EA has promised that games will not be removed at a later date, except for games for which the game servers will no longer be available.

EA Access does not require users to have a paid Xbox Live membership, although Live Gold membership is required in order to take advantage of all the multiplayer features.

How much does the service cost?

EA Access costs € 3,99 per month. The annual subscription, on the other hand, can be made yours for € 24,99.

You can use a credit card to pay for EA Access. debit card, or alternatively your PayPal account. Payment is handled directly by the Xbox One billing system, so the payment method will be linked to your game account. The subscription will automatically renew monthly or annually, depending on the chosen plan.

However, the user is given a way to cancel the subscription whenever he wants. Just log in to: https://account.microsoft.com/services/, by selecting the relevant section "Payment and billing"> "Cancel".



Once you unsubscribe, you will lose all EA Access privileges, with the exception of the save files which will be kept in such a way that if you decide to renew your subscription you will be able to resume the game from where you left off. .

How to subscribe to the service

Registration for the service can be done either from the Web, link: https://www.ea.com/it-it/ea-access/join and both from the Xbox App.

In detail:

  • From the Xbox One Home screen, select the Store tab and start the search through the Search button;
  • Search for “EA Access” and select the relevant EA Access Hub App;
  • Install and launch the App and follow the EA Access registration form;
  • Choose the type of subscription, monthly or annual plan;
  • Enter your payment information and complete the registration. Congratulations! You are now an EA Access member and can choose a game or trial and start playing.

What is Origin Access Premier?

Announced during EA Play at E3 2018, Origin access premier adds a new level to EA Access / Origin subscription service on PC.

While the basic EA Access membership gives players access to a full library of games published by EA and other partners, Origin Access Premier takes it one step further by offering newly launched EA titles as well.

This means that Origin Access Premier subscribers will have access to all the top titles of the moment, such as the recent one Anthem, and to those who will arrive in the future.

The price of the service also changes. The Basic plan costs € 4,99 per month or € 24,99 per year, the Premier plan costs € 14,99 per month and € 99,99 per year. A notable difference, due to the fact that the number of games available is greater. Furthermore, while the Basic version limits temporal access to the game, that is five days before and for a total trial of ten hours, the Premier has no limitations, thus allowing you to play the full game right away. Extra content such as in-game currency, packs and early access to the beta are also available.



To subscribe to the service just visit the page: https://www.origin.com/store/origin-access.

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