It was only a matter of time until the gaming industry took some cues from the wonderful world of television. While gaming streaming services have been around since the somewhat underrated PlayStation Now launched in 2014 across some scattered platforms, they didn’t really become popular until Xbox introduced its stellar Game Pass a few years later. Back in 2014, EA also launched EA Access, which amazingly had not been available to PlayStation 4 owners—until now.
EA Access will arrive on PlayStation 4 this July through the PlayStation Store, EA announced Tuesday. EA offers a monthly subscription to Access for $ 4.99 or a yearly subscription for $ 29.99. (Access is already available on Xbox One and PC.) Either subscription grants you access to some of EA’s top games, including Madden, NHL, Mass Effect, Dragon Age, and the sincerely missed Dead Space series, along with a lot more. Like most game streaming services, EA Access updates its roster with additional titles over time and can offer the cheapest route for dedicated players to get their hands on new games. It gives subscribers a 10 percent discount on full-price game purchases and early playing trials. The service also offers sports game fans a cheaper way to keep up with annual releases, and with Madden 20 on the horizon, now is a perfect time to jump in.
It’s becoming more and more possible for players to pay flat-rate subscriptions as opposed to $ 60 for every single new game that is released, which is less burdensome than picking up multiple new titles each month. While it’s still unclear how Google’s powerful new streaming service Stadia will operate, there could be a huge opportunity to link many of these services together, creating for an epic catalogue of games.
There’s no word on EA Access’s exact release day yet for PlayStation, but PS4 owners can dive into EA’s streaming catalog starting sometime this July.