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EA reveals Xbox One subscription service 'EA Access'

$29.99 a year service delivers PS Plus-like game collection

EA has revealed a subscription service for Xbox One that serves up EA games for a monthly or annual fee.

For $4.99 a month, or $29.99 a year, Xbox One owners will get access to 'The Vault', a PlayStation Plus-like collection of games available to download and play at no additional cost.

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The Vault will start off with FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2 and Battlefield 4 during a 'beta' period, with more games to be added later.

Subscribers will also get a 10 per cent discount on EA digital content for Xbox One, including full digital titles, DLC and DLC season passes such as Battlefield Premium.

Early access to games will also be a benefit, with subscribers able to download full games up to five days ahead of launch and play for "at least two hours", and carry over your saved progress to the full game should you decide to make the purchase.

Madden NFL 15, NHL 15, FIFA 15, NBA LIVE 15, and Dragon Age: Inquisition will be among the first games to take advantage of the early access scheme.

EA Access is similar in many ways to Sony's own 'PlayStation Plus' subscription service, which also offers access to a new batch of 'Instant Game Collection' titles each month, discounts of digital content and other perks for PS3, PS4 and Vita owners for $49.99 a year.

EA Access is being "rolled out in beta to a limited number of players" today (July 29). EA is yet to confirm a final launch date more specific than "soon". Memberships will be purchasable via GameStop in US, Amazon in Europe, and EB Games in Canada. You can, however, register your interest in the service now via the official site.

"At EA, we are always looking for new ways to make it easier for gamers to play more EA games across all platforms, and we are excited about what EA Access will offer to players on Xbox One," commented the publisher in the announcement.

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