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EA announces Origin Access, $4.99 monthly subscription for PC games

EA Access comes to PC

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Electronic Arts' EA Access is now available for Windows PC games as Origin Access, a subscription for EA's Origin digital distribution platform, the company announced today.

Origin Access costs $4.99 per month, the same as EA Access, and gives subscribers the same kinds of benefits. Perks include pre-release trials of upcoming EA games and access to The Vault, an ever-growing collection of free full-game downloads. There are 15 games in The Vault at launch, including Dragon Age: Inquisition, Battlefield 4 and Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare; EA said it will add more titles over time. Origin Access also offers a 10 percent discount on all Origin purchases, including full games.

EA launched EA Access on Xbox One in August 2014; the service remains exclusive to that platform. The main difference between Origin Access and EA Access is that EA only offers month-by-month payments for Origin Access; customers don't have the option of a $29.99 annual subscription — half the price of the monthly payments added up over the course of a year — like they do with EA Access. There doesn't currently appear to be any package deal for a discounted subscription to both EA Access and Origin Access.

On Origin Access, The Vault won't be limited to EA-published games; it will also offer third-party titles, with 11 bit Studios' This War of Mine being the first one available at launch. And EA also notes that Origin Access is available only for Windows PC, not Mac games.

Origin Access is currently available in Canada, Germany (€3.99 per month), the U.K. (£3.99 per month) and the U.S.; EA said it will launch the service in more countries soon. For additional details, check out EA's Origin Access FAQ.

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