How EA Access works: As a lover of Electronic Arts games , you have heard several times about EA Access : the console service (and also declined on PC as Origin Access ) that allows you to play the most important EA video games with all the additional content and gives exclusive access and anticipated to the most important news, such as the new series chapters such as FIFA and Battlefield .
Such a complete service promises to make you save a lot on games, so I understand why you are interested in understanding how EA Access works . Well, I’m happy to tell you that in the post you are reading there is what you are looking for: a complete guide on the operation of this service on consoles and computers, in which I will not fail to illustrate all the main mechanisms that distinguish it, such as the rotation of the games catalog.
Not bad, right? You just have to make yourself comfortable, rely on my advice and follow the instructions I am about to give you, in order to join EA Access and start using the service immediately. Having said that, there is nothing else for me to do, except to wish you happy reading and, above all, have fun!
I think it’s appropriate to start by clarifying what exactly EA Access is . It is important to specify that EA Access is a service based on the subscription of a subscription created by the producer Electronic Arts as a real distribution channel for their games (and not only).
EA is one of the most important video game publishers in the world and boasts in its catalog of titles with high-sounding names, among the best selling ever. It would be enough to mention a few such as FIFA , Need for Speed , The Sims , Star Wars and Battlefield , to give you a clear idea of the importance of the EA games catalog. Well, just by subscribing to EA Access you can play these and many other titles without spending more money.
The service is available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and with the name of Origin Access also on Windows PC . I will be able to explain more about these two services in the chapters of this dedicated to the procedure of use on consoles and on PC .
In order to get an even more precise idea about the service, you can consider it as a subscription to Sony’s PlayStation Plus or to Microsoft’s Xbox Live . In fact, even these services “give” free games every month, which once added to their collection, remain downloadable and playable as long as you are a subscriber. By the way, if you are interested in having free games, I have already told you about how you can take advantage of these possibilities in the articles on how to download PS4 games and on the one dedicated to how to download Xbox games .
Clearly, there are also important differences from the services offered by Sony and Microsoft. The first certainly is the fact that EA Access is not used to play multiplayer online but allows you to download all the games and additional content made available in its catalog for free. These titles are part of a fixed catalog called Vault , which is periodically updated by Electornic Arts. The games in this collection are mainly, but not exclusively, those published by EA. All video games included in the Vault are intended to remain available for download for subscribers for an indefinite period. As a subscriber then you can download and play the titles whenever you want, until your subscription expires.
Very interesting, isn’t it? Do you think that, simply by subscribing to the service, you can download and play immediately “triple A” titles, such as Battlefield V , Star Wars: Battlefront II , Plants VS Zombies , The Sims 4 and Anthem . The list is really long and also includes Titanfall II , Dragon Age: Inquisition and FIFA 20 , but if you want to know them all you can consult the complete catalog on this page and browse the selection divided by platform. The PC catalog is different and it is this page that reports it.
In addition to the Vault, EA offers subscribers the opportunity to play news in advance . For example, in the case of FIFA, EA Access subscribers were able to download and play the new chapter a few days in advance, while also maintaining game progress once the copy was purchased.
In addition to the video game collection that is always available, with early trial versions, EA Access allows its subscribers to join exclusive offers for the purchase of digital content and games. Discounts may also include Fifa Ultimate Team and content for Apex Legends , one of the most played battle royale games.
How to use EA Access
At this point I have provided you with all the preliminary clarifications on the nature of EA Access and how its offer works. Now is the time to take real action by explaining how to activate the service and how to use it directly from your console or PC.
How do you say? Still don’t know the differences between EA Access and Origin Access ? Quiet, I also thought about this and I will talk more about it in the chapter dedicated to Origin Access . But now let’s go in order. Continue reading the next chapters to know how to use EA Access and access in no time to the vast catalog of the subscription service signed by Electronic Arts.
You can activate an EA Access subscription directly from your console, in a very simple way. For the tutorial I will use a PlayStation 4 but as mentioned, the service is also accessible on Xbox One and, therefore, the steps I am about to illustrate are roughly valid also for the Microsoft console (where, however, clearly, the menus to be selected and the detailed procedures to follow to download the EA Access application). That said, let’s get down to business.
On PlayStation 4 , first make sure that you have configured the console to go on the Internet and, of course, that you have a PlayStation Network account , useful for accessing the PlayStation Store . Don’t worry if you don’t have an account yet, because I have also created a guide on how to access the PlayStation Network : consult it and you won’t have the slightest difficulty.
Once you have made these necessary controls, once you have connected to the PSN, access the main menu of your PlayStation 4 and move with the directional arrows of the pad to the left, up to the box depicting the symbol of the PlayStation Store ; then press the X button on the controller to access the PlayStation store.
Once inside the PlayStation Store, it’s time to look for the EA Access service using the appropriate search function. To do it is very simple: move with the directional arrows of the pad upwards, on the Search item (it has a magnifying glass as a logo), then press the X button .
In the search bar , use the alphanumeric keypad to write the EA Access keywords and wait for the logo with the two types of EA Access subscription to appear in the results column on the right .
Once you have chosen between 1 month of EA Access or 12 months of EA Access , confirm with the X button on the Subscribe and Confirm buttons .
With this last step you started the download and installation of the EA Access app and at its end you can see its logo on the main page of the PS4. You can start it by simply positioning yourself over it with the directional arrows and pressing the X button .
At the end of the upload, pressing the X button on the controller on the Login button and select the monthly or yearly plan again. At the end of the new upload, press the X button on the Subscribe button and then on the Confirm button . Finally, give definitive confirmation by selecting the Accept and continue button .
With this last step you have successfully completed the subscription, in fact at the end of it you will be automatically redirected to the main page of the EA Access app where you can scroll through the catalog of Vault titles included in your subscription. Take all the time you need to choose the titles you want to download, then install them and enjoy them to the maximum until the end of the period subscribed!
Finally, I remind you that you can renew or extend the period signed at any time by repeating the procedure I have described to you, however you will notice that the button (in the case of extension) will show Extend instead of confirmation. Have fun!
EA Access service is also available on Windows PC , where it is called Origin Access . The services are similar, but not the same. One difference is the ability to subscribe to two types of plans, Origin Access Basic or Origin Access Premium . Between the two prices change and, of course, also the offer.
With the subscription to the basic version it is possible to access the Vault collection , the collection of titles periodically updated by EA, you have the possibility to preview the news and exclusive access to discounts on a selection of digital products sold on Origin.
By subscribing to the Premium version you get all the advantages of Basic, but the preview access to the news will be in complete form and not in demo form. This means being able to play games that just came out before the official release and for the duration of the Premium membership.
Another fundamental clarification is that the EA Access and Origin Access services (both Basic and Premium) are similar, but they are in no way connected for those who subscribe them. To give you a practical example, if you are an EA Access subscriber from your PlayStation 4, you will not automatically be entitled to Origin Access on PC and the same applies vice versa.
Speaking of prices, consider that, at the time of writing, the Basic subscription is offered at 3.99 euros per month , or at 24.99 euros per year . To register for the Premium version, the minimum purchase becomes € 14.99 per month or € 99.99 for the whole year . I also point out that at the time of writing, the subscription can only be subscribed from the Origin site, but Electronic Arts has already announced its intention to introduce it on Steam , one of the best known and used online stores of digital video games for PC.
In fact, you should know that the same name of the service, Origin Access, derives from the Origin platform of Electronic Arts, a virtual store created for the distribution of video games and digital additional content of the games published by EA (and not only).
Precisely for the reason I have just described, it is essential to have an Origin account before proceeding with the subscription to the Access service. If you are an active PC player, I am sure there is a good chance that you already have an EA account on Origin. Yes, because if you play for example the Sims 4 , or you have downloaded FIFA in the past, you have necessarily created one. If not, you have nothing to worry about, because I’m here to help you: in another tutorial I guided you step by step to creating an EA account at the Origin service.
So, tell me a little, have you created your account or have you verified that you are already registered with the Origin service? If you are having trouble finding your access data, a little trick to find them could be to find the registration confirmation email from your e-mail address. If you don’t know how, consult my guide for Gmail and remember to write the keyword Origin in the search bar . Well, having ascertained that you have an account, it means that you can proceed by logging in through the login page of the Origin site, to do so click on the orange button, at the bottom left, with the word Login .
Now that you are connected with your account to the site, from the menu on the left click on the Origin Access button and scroll down the page, to view the summary mirror of the two available subscriptions. Then decide which one to subscribe and click on the respective buttons Subscribe to Basic immediately or Subscribe to Premium immediately .
The next choice concerns the payment, where to select the payment option every month or whether to opt for the annual one. Make this choice by clicking on the first box with the wording Monthly or on the Annual box . Then, confirm your choice by clicking on the orange Next button . In order to subscribe, you must now add the information on the payment method you prefer to use. From the selectable cards you can choose whether to pay by credit card , PayPal , Sofort , or, if you have a balance in the EA account (or have a voucher to use) choose EA Wallet .
Whatever the payment method you prefer, you must be careful to fill in all the data required in the items below and, when you are finished, click on the orange button Go to the review of the order . In this last screen you have to recheck all the information and, if you believe it correct, you can confirm everything by clicking on the Confirm button .
Leaving this last step behind, immediately start exploring and downloading the games in the Vault collection by moving the mouse cursor over the Origin Access item from the menu on the left side of the page and clicking on it. From here, you will be able to scroll through all the games included in the subscription plan you have subscribed, sorted from the most popular to the least popular. Also facilitate the search for specific games using the filter menu on the right, for example you can set the filter in alphabetical order AZ or that ZA . Going further below you can also set the filters by Genre .
You will see, done this download the title you wanted so much will be a breeze! For example, if you want to play Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order , click on the game logo and once you open the page click on the Get button to start downloading it. At the end, click on the Start button and enjoy an unprecedented, spectacular and exciting adventure!