EA has come out to announce that you will not need an Xbox Live Gold account to take advantage of its new EA Access program. That is – you won’t need it unless you want a bit of online multiplayer with your free games.
EA has confirmed that the two subscriptions are completely separate, but you’ll still need an Xbox Live Gold account for individual game features – most commonly, online multiplayer.
It’s not the first time we’ve seen this situation – it’s a similar configuration to the one used by Netflix on Xbox platforms.
While this is potentially a good thing for Xbox Live Silver account-holders who want more single-player experiences, it does present a trap for those not paying attention.
EA Access opens up “The Vault”, a collection of EA games. You’re allowed to download and play on demand, without any additional fees. The service also gives you early access to select games (including FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2 and Battlefield 4 later this year) – also at no extra cost.
Sony reportedly turned down EA‘s suggestion that the program be extended to PlayStation platforms, explaining that US$5/month did not “bring the kind of value PlayStation customers have come to expect”.