EA Play is a sprawling subscription service from the video games writer which provides subscribers entry to a library of video games, together with further free content material, subscriber exclusives, and free trials of recent EA releases in addition.
If the title doesn’t sound acquainted, don’t fear – that is the re-branded model of EA Entry and Origin Entry, which have been introduced collectively below the one banner to simplify issues.
Right here’s how EA Play works, how a lot it prices, and whether or not it’s price it or not.
What’s EA Play?
EA Play is a month-to-month subscription service for followers of EA video games together with FIFA, Madden, Battlefield, The Sims, and all issues Star Wars.
It’s at present accessible on PS4, Xbox One, and PC through Origin and Steam.
The core of the service is entry to the Play Checklist, an ever-growing library of EA titles which are fully free-to-play – properly, when you’ve paid for the subscription. The record updates recurrently, however highlights proper now embody FIFA 20, Titanfall 2, The Sims 4, and Battlefield V. On console this record is restricted to EA titles solely, however PC gamers additionally get a reasonably large collection of third-party video games – largely indie – thrown in too.
Past the free titles, EA Play members additionally get free and unique cosmetics and in-game goodies for many of EA’s huge releases, together with as much as 10% off EA video games, DLC, and season passes.
Extra thrilling than that, EA Play subscribers often get early entry to EA’s upcoming video games, with the prospect to play as much as 10 hours of recent video games at no cost earlier than launch, with progress carrying over in the event that they then determine to make a purchase order. Massive titles on the best way this yr embody FIFA 21 and Star Wars: Squadrons, each of which will probably be accessible early to EA Play subscribers.
How a lot is EA Play?
EA Play prices £3.99/$4.99 per thirty days, with a lot better worth in case you go for an annual subscription at £19.99/$29.99. You possibly can join on the EA Origin web site or through Steam, or go straight to the Xbox Retailer or PlayStation Retailer if you wish to play on console.
In case you play on Xbox or PC it is even higher worth although, as EA Play is now included in Xbox Sport Move Final and Xbox Sport Move for PC. Final is £10.99/$14.99 per thirty days, whereas the PC model is £7.99/$9.99 month-to-month (and at present lowered) in order that they each value greater than EA Play by itself – however since they offer you entry to a different enormous recreation library and offers, it is a no-brainer to throw them in collectively.
Watch out which platform you select, as your account and all of its advantages are tied to that particular platform – together with whether or not you signed up via Origin or Steam for PC.
What about EA Play Professional?
If EA Play doesn’t fairly provide sufficient for you, you possibly can step as much as EA Play Professional – however provided that you’re on PC and use Origin, as proper now the Professional subscription isn’t accessible on console or via Steam.
EA Play Professional will value you extra too. It’s £14.99/$14.99 per thirty days, or £89.99/$99.99 per yr – 3 times the worth of the common subscription. The simplest means to enroll proper now’s via the EA Origin web site. So what does that get you?
For starters, it will get you full entry to EA’s new releases. As a substitute of being restricted to 10 hours, you’ll get to play each new EA recreation in full, from as much as 10 days earlier than launch. That makes EA Play Professional nearly irresistible to the writer’s super-fans, as you’d solely should play a few these titles every year to get your cash’s price.
To sweeten the deal, with EA Play Professional you’ll at all times be enjoying the perfect model of each recreation, which means you get all of the DLC and season passes thrown in.
Is EA Play price it?
Inevitably that is going to differ loads from individual to individual.
The primary query is the Play Checklist. Check out the at present accessible video games on your platform of selection, and attempt to determine what number of you’re actually prone to play – are there sufficient you haven’t tried but to justify the price? Keep in mind that on PC there are extra video games included, due to the third-party providing, so that you’re most likely getting higher worth for cash right here.
The second query is how a lot you already spend on EA video games and DLC already, as that 10% low cost will earn you some a refund. You’d should spend no less than £200/$300 a yr to make again the price of an annual subscription to even a budget EA Play tier although, so don’t get too carried away considering that it’ll pay for itself until you’re a FIFA Final Staff obsessive.
You must also notice that the low cost, like your entry to the video games and freebies, solely applies to the platform you join on. So in case you be part of EA Play on Xbox you get 10% off EA titles via Microsoft’s Xbox retailer, however in case you join via Origin on PC your low cost solely applies via the Origin storefront. So decide your platform properly.
Then there’s the trial entry to new video games. Getting early entry to video games is a variety of enjoyable – and stable bragging rights – however keep in mind that it’s just for as much as 10 hours, which means you’ll nonetheless find yourself paying once more anyway for any video games you actually like.
The story’s a little bit totally different for EA Play Professional. That is nearly eye-wateringly costly, however all of a sudden is smart while you keep in mind that it offers you full entry to new titles. If you already know you’re going to purchase two EA titles a yr – FIFA and the brand new Battlefield/Battlefront, for instance – then an annual subscription truly does pay for itself, even earlier than the 10% low cost.
Right here there’s only one phrase of warning then: keep in mind that you’ll solely have the video games so long as you keep your subscription, so that you received’t actually personal them in any respect.