EA Access, the subscription service that allows you to rent a bunch of games for a monthly fee, is coming to Playstation 4 later this month. The offer is going to be a bit slimmer than on the other platforms, thanks to the lack of backwards compatibility, but you’ll still get the discounts and early trials.
What exactly does EA Access entail? Well, for $5 per month (or $30 per year, if you want to pay that much in advance), you’ll get access to a catalogue of EA’s greatest hits – at least current ones. On PC and Xbox, this means about 50 games. Thanks to Sony’s lack of backwards compatability, the PS4 version of EA Access is going to allow you to play only some of those. For instance, you won’t be getting the original Mass Effect trilogy.
But you will get Mass Effect Andromeda, along with a bunch of other games, including Battlefield 5, Titanfall 2, The Sims 4, Burnout Paradise (the fancy one), and all the relevant EA Sports game – the football, the handegg, the basketball, the hockey.
You’ll also get 10% off of any digital purchases you make, including games, DLCs, season passes and even Ultimate Team packs. That last one is probably the most important, since that’s where EA derives most of its profits from. If you’re a FIFA player, this may allow you to save some serious cash in the long run.
Lastly, there’s the added benefit of getting to play new games early. The EA Access scheme allows all subscribers to check out upcoming games through trials, five or so days before release. This is especially useful if you’re on the fence about buying said games, as it gives you a way to try them out without forking over the full $60. If you wanna be grim, it’s a $5 demo, but the 10% discount would make it essentially free if you decided to buy the game.