Origin Access Premier subscription tier announced

Source Electronic ArtsA sample of games available through Origin Access Basic

Source Electronic ArtsA sample of games available through Origin Access Basic

During EA's press conference today at E3, the company announced Origin Access Premier, a new, premium tier for its existing PC subscription service. While it's not yet ready for mainstream, EA mentioned they have a tech demo set up at E3 for attendees to test out any of the EA games streaming from the cloud on a number of different devices. Play any games that have already been added, as much as you want. Should that subscription ever lapse, you lose access to it all.

EA SPORTS Madden NFL 19 - August 2, 2018 for Origin Access Premier, August 10 for everyone else. Sure, that's a $10 increase from EA / Origin Access, but it has its merits. This limits their trial of new games to ten hours, starting five days after a games release. So far it's seemed a bit like a way to get you into a game and then make you buy the DLC.

That's right, no more limited-time trials.

EA has quite the lineup coming, in terms of new blockbuster games: Battlefield V, Anthem, FIFA 19, and plenty more are around the corner, to name a few. It will be available this summer.

Wilson also made reference to the publishing giant's recent acquisition of Israel-based streaming service GameFly, saying that streaming has had a profound impact on the games market. A while back we reported that EA had purchased some technology from Gamefly. This means, you won't have to download games on your PC or wonder if your PC is capable enough to handle new games. Well, here we are - surprise! The catch is that the moment the new games go live on this new program, subscribers can play them right away even though they have yet to launch publicly. Expect to hear more about this later this year. Well, that's really up to you. For gamers who want to play all new big blockbusters, this deal looks to be a good one, as it also offers access to those games a whole five days before official release.

The game is expected to launch simultaneously on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One. Or if game saves will transfer, but I think that's a given. In Origin Access Premier, this does not apply. Are you looking forward to you or do you think it's a waste of cash?

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