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Star Wars Battlefront playable first on Xbox One

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Star Wars playable first on Xbox One

Which, by now, shouldn’t be much of a surprise. Ever since EA and Microsoft cosied up and launched EA Access – an exclusive subscription service for all games EA – it’s been the case for most new launches. Battlefield Hardline, Dragon Age: Inquisition and more were all playable first on Xbox One, and Star Wars Battlefront just became the latest addition to that list.

None other than Xbox head honcho, Phil Spencer, confirmed that the highly anticipated Star Wars shooter would be accessible first on Xbox One. There’s no indication how much earlier this access will start, or for how long subscribers will be able to play for, but previous situations have indicated a small window of just a few hours of playtime, a week before everyone else. Hardly worth the monthly fee, if that’s all you’re paying it for.

EA Access also gives you access to a curated vault of EA titles, which has been a bit hit and miss for the asking price. Brand new titles aren’t on there within a year of their launch, with Titanfall only recently being made available for free. Getting access to games early is an added benefit, and right now seems like the only real logical reason to stay subscribed.

Just so you can rub it in everyone else’s face that you got to play something a few days (and in some cases, just hours) earlier than everyone else. A lot of the time, you need to lock down a pre-order to get early access in any case, so it’s not like you can pre-emptively check out how healthy the servers are either – which would come in handy with Battlefront this October.

Last Updated: July 21, 2015


  1. I wonder how many suckers are going to subscribe for that.


    • Pieter Smal

      July 21, 2015 at 08:44

      Americans first!


  2. Greylingad[CNFRMD]

    July 21, 2015 at 08:46

    That’s right, get it working on the 486 DX2 first, then bring it to the Pentium 166s…


    • Hammersteyn

      July 21, 2015 at 08:57



  3. FoxOneZA

    July 21, 2015 at 09:07

    EA Access costs the price of a 1 year old title.


    • Ir0nseraph

      July 21, 2015 at 09:11

      EA access is a pretty decent product for the price, but no way I am grabbing a digital copy for an EA game anytime soon.


      • Jonah Cash

        July 21, 2015 at 09:15

        Not the new ones no, but the old sport games? I would have picked it last years NHL and Madden without a second thought. I bought Madden 2015 and it is decent but it would have been better if I could get it with a sub…


        • Ir0nseraph

          July 21, 2015 at 09:18

          Yes sports game on a well-priced sub, is a very good option, just a shame 2k makes the better basketball game.


          • Jonah Cash

            July 22, 2015 at 06:56

            Very true!!

  4. Jonah Cash

    July 21, 2015 at 09:10

    I am a sports game nut so if it was available on the PS4 I would have subscribed without a second thought…. But alas it was just not meant to be it would seem.


  5. Dutch Matrix

    July 21, 2015 at 09:20

    Am I missing something here? Why are these companies so insistent on getting their products on Xbox One first? Isn’t the Xbox One currently the lowest selling console between it and the PS4?


    • Brady miaau

      July 21, 2015 at 09:47

      business dealings are business dealings.

      good on MS to even pull this off, I think.


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