Electronic Arts debuts game streaming service at E3 2018

While Electronic Arts' E3 2018 presence lays with the games themselves, a surprise announcement also came from its EA Play press conference. The publisher is working on a new game streaming service, set for its debut this summer. Although "not ready for prime time," the publisher has working demos at the event in Los Angeles.

EA also pitched a premium, higher-tier expansion of its Origin Access PC subscription service. Expanding the existing library, EA plans to distribute all "new PC games" through "Origin Access Premier" going forward. Anthem, Battlefield V, FIFA 19, and Madden 19 were all confirmed for the service, with access to the standard Origin Access library also under the subscription. This shares similar offerings to Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass, which provides access to over 100 titles and all future first-party releases on Xbox One.

Origin Access Premier will be priced $14.99 per month or $99.99 per year, with users soon able to pre-register at the official Origin Access site.

No firm release date was provided for both services, though expect to hear more in the coming months.

Updated June 9, 2018: Updated to clarify the two separate services.

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  • Seems to be a bit much. I think picking one game a year or something like it on EA Access would’ve been a better option. FIFA is the only game I’m sure I’d play a lot of, so nothing to see here for moi.
  • If gaming ever moves to a streaming only option I will no longer be a gamer. I feel that the gaming industry is moving in a anti consumer direction anyway.