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What is EA Play? What you need to know about EA’s gaming subscription service

What is EAPlay? Well, this is EA’s version of the game subscription service. The way we access media has changed dramatically over the past decade. Of course, physical games can still be purchased from stores, but many consumers have moved to an all-digital format that eliminates the need for consoles with disk drives. Additionally, many game publishers are already fully immersed in game subscription services. Think services like Xbox Game Pass and PlayStation Now. It appears that many major game companies are looking to capitalize on this trend, including Electronic Arts, known for franchises like Battlefield, Plants vs. Zombies and many annual sports series like Madden NFL and FIFA.

In 2014, EA launched its own game subscription service, called EA Play (formerly EA Access), which gave players access to a variety of games, among other benefits. But how exactly does the service work, on which platforms is it available and how much does it cost? Here, we dive into everything you need to know about EA Play.

What is EAPlay?

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Like Xbox Game Pass, EA Play is a game subscription service that gives you access to a variety of games. Unsurprisingly, the list of games includes titles released by EA from franchises such as Battlefield, Need for Speed, Madness, and Star Wars. Not all EA games released are available through the service, but most of the publisher’s hit titles, especially recent entries, are available through EA Play. Remember, this is not a streaming service, but a gaming product that can be downloaded to your console or PC.

EA Play is available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC via Steam, Origin or the EA app. Additional memberships like PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold are not required to get the benefits of EA Play (although you do need PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold to enjoy EA Play games online).

When your membership expires, you won’t be able to play games from your game list until you reactivate your subscription, just like with Xbox Game Pass.

In addition to choosing from EA’s list of games, members can also receive a 10-hour trial, discounts on EA’s digital storefront and in-game giveaways.

How much does EA Play cost?

EA’s subscription service comes in two different editions: EA Play and EA Play Pro. EA Play’s standard membership costs £3.99/$4.99 per month or £19.99/$29.99 per year, while EA Play Pro costs £14.99/$14.99 per month or £89.99/$99.99 per year. Of course, buying a one-year membership can save you money in the long run. However, it’s worth noting that your EA Play subscription is limited to one platform, so you can’t take advantage of multiple platforms.

EA’s pricing model is reasonable compared to other similar services. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (which includes Xbox Live Gold and access via Xbox and PC) is priced at £10.99/$14.99 per month, while PS Plus prices range from £6.99/$9.99 per month to £13.49/$17.99 per month.

Plus, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers get an EA Play membership at no extra cost, which is a nice bonus. Members will find all EA Play benefits integrated into the full list of Game Pass titles. If you’re an Xbox gamer, you probably already have a subscription to EA Play.

What are the benefits of EA Play?

Examples of games included in EA Play subscription services

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The main benefit of EA Play is the ability to enjoy a wide range of EA games from The Play List (formerly The Vault). The list continues to grow as more games are released, but depending on your platform, if you sign up for a basic membership, you get access to around 50-60 games.

On the other hand, you can also join EA Play Pro, which offers a wider selection of games, many of which are older (not necessarily published by EA), such as Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Rise 2, and Limbo.

In addition to the full list of playable games, EA Play members can take advantage of game trials, which give you access to the latest version within 10 hours. Fortunately, your progress will carry over to the full version of the game, but if it’s a newer item, you’ll have to wait for it to be added to the playlist (or you can buy it directly from EA). Battlefield 2042, GRID Legends, NHL 22 and FIFA 22 are now available as trials. EA Play Pro members also get trial access to the latest EA release, Deluxe Edition.

Speaking of game purchases, EA Play members get 10% off EA digital purchases. So you can use your membership to try out new games for 10 hours and then buy them from EA’s digital storefront at a discounted price. This includes game add-ons, such as Ultimate Team content.

Finally, EA Play offers membership rewards, digital items for the latest games. These are cosmetic items like clothing, weapon skins or amulets, but they also contain XP tokens for FIFA 22 Ultimate Team. Since many EA games have some form of cosmetic or progression system, there is no shortage of digital goods available to EA Play members. EA Play Pro subscribers receive “Pro-level” rewards, which are typically rarer or more useful in-game items.

What games are included in the EA Play playlist?

Star Wars Jedi: Lightsaber Duel in Fallen Order

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The most important aspect of EA Play is of course the list of games available to members. These games vary slightly depending on your platform, so you’ll need to check the list before subscribing.

Notable games on the playlist include:

  • lost in opportunity
  • Madden NFL 22
  • F1 2022
  • knockout city
  • Legendary Mass Effect Edition
  • need two
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  • The Sims 4

Unlike Xbox Game Pass, EA Play doesn’t offer day-one games, which means you’ll have to wait for the latest version to be added to the list. However, you can count on EA’s latest game being added a few months after its initial release. For example, Madden NFL 22 was released in August 2021 and added to EA Play in February 2022.

Additionally, EA Play Pro members can enjoy games on The Play List as well as many other games, many of which are not published by EA. Include:

  • biological mutant
  • dead cells
  • go home
  • in
  • in the canyon
  • indifferent
  • Star Wars Battlefront (2004)
  • Star Wars Battlefront II (2005)
  • Trinity 4: The Nightmare Prince

Of course, the list of games will get bigger over time, so check back often to see what’s available.

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What is EA Play? What you need to know about EA’s gaming subscription service

What is EA Play? Well, it’s EA’s take on a gaming subscription service. The way we access media has changed drastically in the past decade. Sure, it’s still possible to buy physical games from a retail store, but many consumers have shifted to an all-digital format, ditching the need for consoles with disc drives. Beyond that, many game publishers have jumped head-first into gaming subscription services. Think of services like Xbox Game Pass and PlayStation Now. It seems many major gaming companies want to capitalize on this trend including Electronic Arts, which is known for franchises like Battlefield, Plants vs. Zombies, and many annualized sports series such as Madden NFL and FIFA. 
In 2014, EA launched its own gaming subscription service called EA Play (formerly called EA Access), giving players access to a wide variety of games, with other perks as well. But how exactly does this service work, on which platforms is it available, and how much does it cost? Here, we’ll dive into everything you need to know about EA Play. 
What is EA Play?

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Much like Xbox Game Pass, EA Play is a gaming subscription service that gives you access to a wide variety of games. As you’d expect, the list of games is comprised of EA-published titles from series like Battlefield, Need for Speed, Madden, and Star Wars. Not every EA game ever released is available through the service, but the majority of the publisher’s heavy hitters – especially recent entries – are available through EA Play. Keep in mind, this is not a streaming service, but rather an offering of games that can be downloaded to your console or PC.
EA Play is available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam, Origin, or the EA App. Other memberships like PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold are not required to reap the benefits of EA Play (though, you do need to have PS Plus or Xbox Live Gold to enjoy EA Play games online).
If your membership expires, you won’t be able to play from the list of games until you reactivate your subscription, just like Xbox Game Pass.
Beyond being able to select from EA’s list of games, members also gain access to 10-hour trials, discounts on EA’s digital store, and in-game goodies. 
How much does EA Play cost?
There are two different versions of EA’s subscription service: EA Play and EA Play Pro. The standard EA Play membership is £3.99 / $4.99 per month or £19.99 / $29.99 per year, while EA Play Pro costs £14.99 / $14.99 monthly or £89.99 / $99.99 annually. Of course, purchasing a yearlong membership outright saves you money in the long run. However, it’s worth noting that your EA Play subscription is limited to a single platform, so you won’t be able to reap the benefits across multiple platforms. 
When compared to other similar services, EA’s pricing model is fair. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (which includes Xbox Live Gold, and access across Xbox and PC) costs £10.99 / $14.99 monthly, while PS Plus ranges from £6.99 / $9.99 to £13.49 / $17.99 monthly.
In addition, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers actually get an EA Play membership at no additional cost, which is a nice added bonus. Members will find all the EA Play offerings integrated into the full list of Game Pass titles. If you’re an Xbox player, you might already be subscribed to EA Play.
What are the EA Play benefits?

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The most important EA Play benefit is the ability to enjoy a wide variety of EA games from The Play List (previously called The Vault). The list continues to grow as more titles are released, but depending on your platform, you’ll have access to around 50 to 60 games if you subscribe to the basic version of the membership.
On the flip side, you can also become an EA Play Pro member, which offers a wider selection of games, many of which are older (and may not necessarily be published by EA), such as Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, The Surge 2, and Limbo. 
Beyond the list of full playable titles, EA Play members can also take advantage of game trials, giving you 10-hour access to the latest releases. Thankfully, your progress carries over to the full version of the game–though, if it’s a newer entry, you’ll have to wait for it to be added to the Play List (or you can buy it directly from EA right away). Battlefield 2042, GRID Legends, NHL 22, and FIFA 22 are all available as trials right now. EA Play Pro members get the added benefit of deluxe edition trial access to EA’s latest releases. 
Speaking of buying games, EA Play members gain a 10% discount on digital EA purchases. So, you can use your membership to try out a new title for 10 hours, then buy it at a discounted rate from EA’s digital shop. This includes game add-ons like Ultimate Team content.
Finally, EA Play offers Member Rewards, which are digital items for the newest games. These are cosmetics like outfits, weapon skins, or charms, but also include XP tokens for FIFA 22 Ultimate Team. Considering many EA games feature some sort of cosmetic offerings or progression system, there’s no shortage of digital goodies available to EA Play members. EA Play Pro subscribers get “pro-level” rewards, which are often rarer or more useful in-game items. 
What games does the EA Play Play List include?

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Of course, the most important aspect of EA Play is the list of games available for members. These games differ slightly depending on your platform, so you’ll want to take a look at the list before subscribing.
Notable Play List games include:
Lost in Random
Madden NFL 22
F1 2022
Knockout City
Mass Effect Legendary Edition
It Takes Two
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
The Sims 4
Unlike Xbox Game Pass, EA Play does not offer day-one titles, meaning you have to wait for the latest releases to be added to the list. Still, you can count on the newest EA games to be added several months after the initial launch. For instance, Madden NFL 22 launched in August of 2021 and was added to EA Play in February 2022.
In addition, EA Play Pro members can enjoy titles from The Play List, as well as a slew of extra games, many of which are not published by EA. These include:
Biomutant
Dead Cells
Gone Home
Inside
Into the Breach
Limbo
Star Wars Battlefront (2004)
Star Wars Battlefront 2 (2005)
Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince
Of course, the list of games continues to expand over time, so be sure to check frequently to see what’s available.  

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