Bringing Bill Nye out for a commercial is a pretty great move by anyone’s standards. But does that mean Origin Access will be a great new way to play PC games? Will they be bold enough to take down the big titan that is Steam? Will Origin Access simply be an add-on, existing on the side as people slowly realise it’s there, much like the console equivalent, EA Access? Who knows, but it’s happening.
For those who may not have seen the video, EA have announced that they are launching Origin Access, enabling PC gamers to have their fill of EA’s back catalog, and other selected games that have yet to be announced. That means that for $5 a month, you can have unlimited access to an expanding vault of EA titles, as well as demo new games and receive discounts in the Origins store. If this sounds familiar then that’s because the model is identical to EA’s existing console service, EA Access.
EA will be hoping to take advantage of a very active community of PC gamers, and try to expand the Origin brand. Taking on the current champion of the PC, can it look to chip away at Steam’s current market share? Maybe, but only if it commits to regular releases and giving extra incentives to gamers. Unlike Games with Gold or PS Plus which currently offers gamers 2+ games each month, EA access is slower on releases, posing the question, do we need to pay for this monthly or just pay when we want to pick up an older title?
Either way, it’s exciting to see new gaming services coming out of the woodwork, giving people more choice in what to play and how to play it.
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