Netflix Instant is a big deal. A really big deal. It was only a matter of time before the concept found its way into the video game industry as well. Now, courtesy of EA and the Xbox One, it’s coming to fruition. But what exactly are we getting out of it?
For $4.99 a month (or $30.00 a year) EA is giving gamers unlimited access to a currently small number of games. The beta for the service is going on right now, letting new customers jump in on Fifa 14, Madden 25, Peggle 2 and Battlefield 4. Looking forward, they will bolster this with new games like Dragon Age inquisition, and their yearly slew of sports titles later this year.
EA isn’t the first company to try something like this however. Earlier this year Sony announced their own game rental system called Playstation Now. The main difference is that PSNow is a much less…elegant…system with inflated prices and time limited rentals. 4 hours of Final Fantasy XIII-2, for example, costs as much as a full month of EA Access.
Of course, aside from what’s been announced, we don’t know much about how EA Access will pan out in the future. However, for sports games aficionados in particular this is a very big deal. Imagine: instead of shelling out $60 per game per year for all of the sports franchises ($240/year for those counting at home), you pay a one time per year fee of $60 and you can play all of the sportball games you desire i.
Numbers aside, this could be the first shot in an all-digital future similar to the one Microsoft was hinting at with the reveal Xbox One. Movies are doing it, Music is doing it, and now games are doing it. Are we, headed on the internet train to all-digital station?
The Beta for EA Access is currently available on Xbox One.