South Africa’s getting EA Access

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The Xbox One is coming to South Africa soon, and one of the things that’ll actually be available for the system is EA’s new subscription-based service, EA Access.

EA Access works a little bit like PlayStation Plus; gamers pay a monthly subscription fee, and are granted a number of benefits – including unlimited access to a number of games from EA’s Vault. In the US, that subscription costs $4.99 a month. We have no idea how much it’ll be here in sunny South Africa, but we expect similar pricing.

For fans of sports games, or EA’s games in general it’ll certainly be worth it. Your subscription allows you to play new games like Madden NFL 25, FIFA 14, Battlefield 4, Need for Speed Rivals and Peggle 2 without any additional cost, and confers additional benefits like early access to EA games.

Yes, if you subscribe you’ll be able to play games like Dragon Age Inquisition early on your Xbox One, as a time-limited, but full-version of the game that you’ll be able to unlock, and even have your progress carry over.

Sony’s tried to brush the service off, but I honestly think it’s quite a big deal as it’ll help entice the more casual gamers – the sort who only buy FIFA and Battlefield every year – to buy Microsoft’s console.

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The odd thing is we’ve not received a press release from Microsoft South Africa or EA’s local people about this – which is something I’d be trumpeting about, to be honest. Instead, we found the info on EA Access’ web page.

Soon, Xbox One owners in the following countries will be able to become EA Access members: Brazil, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Chile, Colombia, Portugal, Turkey, South Africa, UAE, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and Greece.

The Xbox One will be released here in SA on 23 September, with EA access following soon.

Last Updated: September 3, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Brady miaau

    Hmm, have you tried to contact local MS or EA people to confirm? It is a bit odd that they are not trumpeting this from the roof top. Instead, we hear it on the grapevine

  • PointMan
    • Hammersteyn

      LOL useless

  • Hammersteyn

    Sounds like a cool idea but I don’t want to help Peter Moore afford his monthly groceries

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      Same here, that troll-faced man scares me.

  • Viking Of Science

    One thing That people aren’t mentioning…. The EA Demos that used to be free… Now locked behind that paywall….. Dick move EA

    • It’s homage.

      • Admiral Chief Assassin

        Did you acually:
        A.) Use the original to create this *ahem* masterpiece?
        B.) If A, how did you cleanse your eyeballs/brain?

      • Viking Of Science

        But don’t you think that linking EA to your “homage” will make them take back your yacht?

        • Didn’t think of that. Oh well..there goes the good life of champagne and caviar. Back to dry toast and water for me.

      • Weanerdog

        Thanks, now where did I put that mind bleech again. Also Are you implying that EA is kind of like that which shall not be named.

    • Kensei Seraph

      And now I don’t want to Google it anymore.
      Thanks for saving my mind.

  • Hammersteyn

    yes it’s goatse?
    *Googles
    ……..
    http://img-9gag-lol.9cache.com/photo/aKg4B7g_460sa_v1.gif

    • Viking Of Science

      Googling hello.jpg…. rookie mistake

      • Kensei Seraph

        And now I want to Google that.

    • Admiral Chief Assassin

      First time being goatse’d?

      • Hammersteyn

        Yup, it burns!

        • Admiral Chief Assassin

          2girls1cup
          *flies away

          • Hammersteyn

            LOL Ive heard the rumors.

          • Admiral Chief Assassin

            lemonparty
            *exits solar system

          • Viking Of Science

            aah, lemonparty, takes me back to University days….

            *creates mystery.

          • Admiral Chief Assassin

            *unable to comply, not in solar system

          • Skoobaz

            Wtf are you lot on about? And no, I will not google any of what you are mentioning. I’ve been on these forums long enough to sense this is a trap…

          • Weanerdog

            Well Google “reactions 2 girls one cup”. And no I have not seen so cannot guarantee that you will not be scared.

          • Admiral Chief Assassin

            Google it, if you dare!

          • Skoobaz

            Admiral, sounds like you talk from experience!

          • Admiral Chief Assassin

            Back in the dark days of the internet, with no facebook, twitter or disqus to warn about such things, even the Admiral was fooled ONCE by such a foul trick.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I’m just going to assume a lemonparty is some kind of party where everyone has to bring lemon flavoured desserts, like lemon meringue or lemon sorbet. I like those.

          • Admiral Chief Assassin

            Indeed

    • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

      Lemonparty will make it all better!

      • Hammersteyn

        O_o

        • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

          If you fell for that I feel like a terrible person now… I fell for it after a buddy told me “Dude I found this new awesome band you need to check their website and the awesome song.”

          BAM!

          Trust for all people died that day!

    • Norm

      The GIF is classic! :’)

  • Kensei Seraph

    So it’s been confirmed that Titanfall won’t be part of EA Access.

  • Pieter Kruger

    Hmmmmmm, NFS Rivals, can’t wait!! ????

  • Norm

    “In the US, that subscription costs $4.99 a month. We have no idea how much it’ll be here in sunny South Africa, but we expect similar pricing.”

    R4.99 a month would be awesome!

  • kaapie

    We gave been region switching to purchase access subs.

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