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EA offers top games and big discounts for $5 a month

Electronic Arts has just announced it will launch a subscription service on Xbox One that offers up a slew of EA games for one flat rate. EA Access will launch into beta today but will soon be deployed to all Xbox One users, according to the publisher.

Four games will be included during the beta: FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2 and Battlefield 4, though others are in the works. EA Access membership includes a 10 percent discount on digital EA content, even full games, sold through the Xbox Games Store. Members will also get early access to trials of games such as Madden NFL 15, NHL 15, FIFA 15, NBA Live 15 and Dragon Age: Inquisition up to five days before retail release.

The service will be available for $4.99 a month or $29.99 annually. In a surprising move, retailers like GameStop will sell the memberships, which will be available in the U.S., Canada and Europe.

The idea isn't completely new for the publisher: EA Access replaces a similar sports-only program, EA Sports Season Ticket, that was offered from 2011 to 2013 on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 for $24.99.

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