How to play FIFA 17 early

Get on your Xbox One or PC and get yourself EA Access.

Download the 10 hour trial for FIFA 17.

Install all 40GBs of the game… (40GBs!?)

Done.

Sorry gamers on other platforms – other than the demo, you won’t be able to play the game early.

The great thing about EA Access is that you’ll get 10 hours of free gameplay for most, if not all, EA releases. That stands for a few days before the initial release of a game, until it ends up in the ‘Vault’. From which point, the game’s free!

EA are great at adding games to the Vault and, in general, a game will be in there for free a few months before the release of its sequel. Or about half a year (ish) after its initial release. For instance, FIFA 16 has been free in the vault since about April this year. And FIFA 17 will probably be added to the Vault around about the same time.

Obviously, it’s not ‘free’ free. You do have to pay for an EA Access subscription. That works out about £20 per year. Or around £5 a month. But I’d definitely say it’s worth it. Particularly so if you’re a fan of EA games, but not to the extent that you’d buy each game they make as soon as they’re released.

Plus, if you pre-order the game via the Xbox store, you’ll get yourself a month’s worth of free EA Access. Though it may well be cheaper to pre-order a physical copy and then just purchase a month’s worth of EA Access yourself. Seeing as Amazon are currently offering the game for £37 on the Xbox One.

So there you have it. The easiest way to play FIFA 17 a few days early… for just £5. Is it worth it? I’m not sure… but you can do it, and that’s all that matters.