What is EA Play, how much does it cost and what games do you get?


(Pocket Ribbon) – Like Xbox, PlayStation, and Ubisoft, Electronic Arts has its own game subscription service that provides access to much of its extensive back catalog of titles and more.

It is a paid service available on PlayStation, Xbox and Windows PC. However, owners of the latter two can also access them for free if they are Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members.

So, what is EA Play, how much does it cost and what are the differences on each platform?

We answer those questions and much more below.

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What is EA Play?

Formerly called EA Access on Xbox One and PS4 and Origin Access on PC, EA Play is a subscription service that offers “all-you-can-eat” access to Electronic Arts’ back catalog of games, plus timed trials and early access for new games. You also get a 10 percent discount on the purchase of new or future games.

It works slightly differently on PC to console, with an additional EA Play Pro membership available to Windows PC owners that adds the ability to play games as they’re released as part of an increased fee.

EA Play is available for a monthly fee on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC. It is available separately or as part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate at no additional cost.

What platforms is EA Play available on?

As we mentioned above, EA Play is available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.

You must download an EA Play application on PlayStation consoles, which serves as a portal to the games. Xbox owners can now access all games through the Game Pass channel.

How much does EA Play cost?

You can pay EA Play monthly or annually. Paying for a full year’s membership is a lot cheaper — about 50 percent cheaper, in fact — but you may prefer a smaller monthly payment.

It works slightly differently depending on the platform.

EA Play on PS4/PS5

EA Play on PlayStation costs £3.99 / $4.99 / €3.99 per month or £19.99 / $29.99 / €24.99 for 12 months. It’s a simple proposition and can be purchased through the PS4 or PS5 itself – through a dedicated EA Play app.

EA Play on Xbox One / Xbox Series X / Xbox Series S

It’s exactly the same price for a standalone EA Play membership on an Xbox console as it is on PlayStation – £3.99 / $4.99 / €3.99 per month or £19.99 / $29.99 / €24 .99 for 12 months. However, the most cost-effective solution could be to subscribe to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

This costs £10.99 / $14.99 / €14.99 per month and for that you also get access to over 300 Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and original Xbox games, 200 games for PC, Xbox Live Gold (required for online play on an Xbox machine) and Microsoft’s cloud gaming platform.

EA Play games on both Xbox and Windows can be downloaded at no extra cost as part of Ultimate – ideal for owners of both systems.

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EA Play on Windows PC

PC owners can subscribe to EA Play through Electronic Arts’ own Origin game store or through Steam. It also costs £3.99 / $4.99 / €3.99 per month or £19.99 / $29.99 / €24.99 for 12 months and offers the same benefits as both the PlayStation and Xbox. version.

However, there is also another membership plan available for PC owners: EA Play Pro. As mentioned, it will add access to brand new games as soon as they are released in stores, not just limited time versions. They are also often available earlier than the general release date.

EA Play Pro costs £14.99 / $14.99 / €14.99 per month or £89.99 / $99.99 / €99.99 per year.

What games and benefits are available as part of the EA Play membership?

EA Play gives unlimited access to a stack of games from the old catalog called The Play List. They can all be downloaded to your console or PC and played as many times as you like, as long as you continue to subscribe.

Game saves are saved on your respective computer or in the cloud, just as if you bought each game directly. So if you decide to cancel your subscription at a later date and buy one of the games, you can pick up where you left off.

Plus, early access trials of brand new games — like the latest FIFA — give you 10 hours to play every full game. After this time you will have to buy the full game or wait several months for it to be added to The Play List.

In our experience, some games are added to the back catalog after a few months, while other, larger games can take almost a year to be added.

Finally, all EA Play members get a 10 percent discount on digital game purchases.

EA Play Pro membership for PC owners (via Origin) adds “pro-level rewards and content” and early, unlimited access to the deluxe versions of new games.

These are the games currently available as part of The Play List

This is the list of games available on the Xbox version of EA Play. The list may differ on other platforms. For example, the PS4/PS5 version of EA Play is fairly new, while Electronic Arts has released numerous exclusive PC titles over the years. Still, hopefully this will give you an idea of ​​the kinds of things to expect.

More games are added regularly.


Through Max Freeman Mills
May 13, 2022

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