Xbox Live Gold members get to try EA Access for a week, with more than 10 free games

For a week, you too can play more than 10 games for free.

From January 19 to January 24, Xbox One owners who have an active Xbox Live Gold subscription have the opportunity to play more than 10 games for free. This is part of a promotion for EA's new Origin Access program.

The week-long promotion includes games like Titanfall, Battlefield Hardline, Battlefield 4, Madden 25, FIFA 15, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare (which will also let you transfer your unlocked characters over to Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2), and more. All you have to do is download the EA Access Hub App on your Xbox One dashboard, then wait until the 19th. 

After the trial period is over, it is strongly implied that you will no longer be able to play the games you downloaded during the promotional period -- at least until you chose to buy them.

It should be noted that since these are the full games and not demos, it is entirely possible that you will have to download what may be hundreds of GB in games if you intend to take full advantage of the trial week, so it is highly recommended that you finish any games that you intend to delete before the 19th to avoid any storage issues.

Curiously enough, it is unspecified whether or not you can download each game's associated DLC for free as well, which probably means that this offer only extends to the games themselves.

However, you may have also noticed that a fair number of the games that are offered have a heavy multiplayer emphasis. For example, while the Battlefield games have a single player component, but most people tend to play the multiplayer. This means that you will most likely be at a significant disadvantage if you are jumping into these games for the first time during that week. On top of that, all of these games are relatively old, so don't expect to find a huge multiplayer population -- much less matches that you will be comfortable with. 

What do you think of this trial? Will you be trying it out for yourself? Let me know down in the comments!

Published Jan. 14th 2016
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  • mathew boan
    I don't know why it is now all xbox one. I myself have xbox gold. Now what what about xbox 360 gold member we are still here & still a paying customer why cant you look after us as well.

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