To challenge Steam’s supremacy, EA has announced its acclaimed all-you-can-play games service to the PC market.
The PC flavour of EA Access is called Origin Access, and comes with the same benefits as the Xbox One service: unlimited access to a smattering of games in the EA Vault, exclusive trials and beta tests to upcoming EA games, and 10% off purchases on Origin. Both the services are quite similar, but the PC version actually has an edge; Origin Access isn’t just limited to EA’s Xbox One games, so you can expect a ton of third-party games to fill out the PC Vault’s library.
Origin Access on PC will cost $4.99 a month, which equates to $60 a year, compeer to Xbox One’s $30 annual membership rate. But, you can access more games on Origin Access, so it’s not a bad deal. Plus, you’re not locked into a commitment on the PC version, so you can cancel anytime.
Remember that EA/Origin Access isn’t a games streaming service like PlayStation Now. You’ll need to fully download each game–and on consoles, this can be extremely tedious with the 500GB stock hard drives–in order to play them. If your subscription expires, you’ll lose access to the downloaded games just like PlayStation Plus.
The list of the 15 games which is available right now at $4.99/month membership:
- Battlefield 4 Digital Deluxe
- Dragon Age: Inquisition Digital Deluxe
- Battlefield Hardline Digital Deluxe
- Battlefield 3
- FIFA 15
- Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare
- Need for Speed Rivals: Complete Edition
- Dead Space 1-3
- Dragon Age: Origins Ultimate Edition
- Dragon Age II
- The SIms 3 – Start Pack
- This War of Mine