I was surprised that EA chose to launch its subscription service on Xbox before PC (opens in new tab), so this news feels like confirmation of the inevitable: EA Access, now named Origin Access, is live in the UK, US, Canada and Germany. For £3.99/€3.99/$4.99 per month, you can play any of the 15 games in the line-up, with more from EA's catalogue to be added over time. So far, 'The Vault' includes:
- Battlefields 3 through Hardline (opens in new tab)
- The Dragon Age (opens in new tab) series
- SimCity (opens in new tab)
- The Sims 3
- FIFA 15
- Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare
- Need for Speed Rivals
- The Dead Space (opens in new tab) series
- This War of Mine
That's a varied cross-section of the portfolio, and even if you're only interested in a couple, there's still an economic argument to be made in Access' favour. You'll also get to play a time-limited demo of every EA game, though the idea of having to subscribe to such a service perplexes me (opens in new tab), plus 10% off all Origin purchases. That might be useful, what with Origin being rather pricey.
All the details, and the sign-up, are on Origin.