EA Access vs Xbox Game Pass vs Amazon Prime

Over the past few years, since having Xbox Original, Microsoft has offered all sorts of services. 2 of the “newer” services are EA Access and of course Xbox Game Pass, and another one I want to talk about is Amazon Prime. But, what are the differences? Does one have more games than the other? Is one more expensive? Does Amazon Prime really cater to Gamers? This is exactly what I will be going over today!

Personally, I have Amazon prime and Amazon Twitch and I will most likely never get rid of it!

EA Access – What It Is

EA Access (stylized as EA access) is a subscription-based gaming service by Electronic Arts. Initially pitched to both Microsoft and Sony for use on their consoles, EA Access launched only on Xbox One on August 11, 2014. The service allows access to select games published by Electronic Arts, along with additional incentives.

Just like Hulu or Netflix, you pay a fee every month or every few months, depending on the subscription you buy, and you get the service.

“Members get 10% off all kinds of EA digital content on Xbox One. Full games? Yep. Pre-orders? Check. Expansion packs? Of course. Same deal for Ultimate Team Points and other great content, too. Plus, your discount is automatically applied, no need for codes or coupons.”

So far the game list on EA Access is at 51 games:

No. Title Date released Date added
1 Battlefield 4 November 22, 2013 July 29, 2014
2 FIFA 14 November 22, 2013 July 29, 2014
3 Madden NFL 25 November 22, 2013 July 29, 2014
4 Peggle 2 December 9, 2013 July 29, 2014
5 Need for Speed Rivals November 22, 2013 September 2, 2014
6 Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare February 25, 2014 October 15, 2014
7 EA Sports UFC June 17, 2014 December 12, 2014
8 NBA Live 15 October 28, 2014 February 25, 2015
9 Madden NFL 15 August 26, 2014 March 5, 2015
10 NHL 15 September 9, 2014 April 9, 2015
11 FIFA 15 September 23, 2014 May 8, 2015
12 Titanfall March 11, 2014 June 15, 2015
13 Dragon Age: Inquisition November 18, 2014 August 4, 2015
14 Battlefield Hardline March 17, 2015 October 14, 2015
15 Madden NFL 16 August 25, 2015 February 2, 2016
16 Plants vs. Zombies September 8, 2010 February 29, 2016
17 NHL 16 September 15, 2015 March 29, 2016
18 Dead Space October 14, 2008 March 31, 2016
19 FIFA 16 September 22, 2015 April 19, 2016
20 Rory McIlroy PGA Tour July 14, 2015 May 10, 2016
21 NBA Live 16 September 29, 2015 May 25, 2016
22 Need for Speed November 3, 2015 July 12, 2016
23 Unravel February 9, 2016 July 12, 2016
24 SSX February 28, 2012 August 9, 2016
25 Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 February 23, 2016 August 30, 2016
26 Bejeweled 2 Deluxe November 22, 2005 October 6, 2016
27 Zuma Deluxe November 22, 2005 October 6, 2016
28 Feeding Frenzy March 10, 2006 October 6, 2016
29 Heavy Weapon January 17, 2007 October 6, 2016
30 Feeding Frenzy 2 September 17, 2008 October 6, 2016
31 Bejeweled 3 October 19, 2011 October 6, 2016
32 Mass Effect November 20, 2007 November 7, 2016
33 Mass Effect 2 January 26, 2010 November 7, 2016
34 Mass Effect 3 March 6, 2012 November 7, 2016
35 Mirror’s Edge November 11, 2008 November 9, 2016
36 Mirror’s Edge Catalyst June 7, 2016 November 9, 2016
37 EA Sports UFC 2 March 15, 2016 November 10, 2016
38 Star Wars Battlefront November 17, 2015 December 13, 2016
39 Battlefield: Bad Company 2 March 2, 2010 January 20, 2017
40 Battlefield 3 October 25, 2011 January 20, 2017
41 Skate 3 May 11, 2010 February 13, 2017
42 Madden NFL 17 August 23, 2016 February 24, 2017
43 NHL 17 September 13, 2016 March 28, 2017
44 Zuma’s Revenge September 15, 2009 March 30, 2017
45 Dragon Age: Origins November 3, 2009 April 10, 2017
46 Dead Space Ignition October 12, 2010 April 10, 2017
47 FIFA 17 September 27, 2016 April 21, 2017
48 Medal of Honor Airborne August 28, 2007 May 10, 2017
49 Titanfall 2 October 28, 2016 July 31, 2017
50 Battlefield 1 October 21, 2016 TBD
51 NBA Live 14 November 22, 2013 Unknown

Subscription Packs:

12 Month Subscription – for under $30

Benefits:
– 10% off games, DLC, Preorder, etc
– Over 50 games available and new ones being added often
– Cost under $30 a year
– Once you buy a game, its yours forever

Xbox Game Pass

I hear a lot of people complaining about the Xbox Game Pass – because it has older games. But, ya know, EA Access does too. I mean look at games like Battlefield 3, Titanfall, Need For Speed, these are all games that are a few years old. On Xbox Game Pass though, you have the addition of old and new games PLUS there are more games available. Right now they are touting a list of 126 games.

You can see the list below:

Xbox One

Bard’s Gold
Blood Bowl 2
The Book of Unwritten Tales 2
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
D4: Darks Dreams Don’t Die
Dead Island: Definitive Edition
Dead Rising 3 [coming August 1]
Defense Grid 2
Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition
Dirt Rally [coming August 1]
Electronic Super Joy
F1 2015
Farming Simulator 15
The Flame in the Flood
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition
Guacamelee: Super Turbo Championship Edition
The Golf Club
Halo 5: Guardians
Halo: Spartan Assault
IDARB
JumpJet Rex
Knight Squad
Kyub
Layers of Fear
Limbo [coming August 1]
Lumo
Mad Max
Massive Chalice
Max: The Curse of Brotherhood
Mega Coin Squad
Mega Man Legacy Collection
NBA 2K16
OlliOlli
Payday 2: Crimewave Edition
Pharaonic [coming August 1]
Pumped BMX+
Resident Evil 0
Resident Evil 6
Roundabout
Saints Row IV: Re-elected
ScreamRide
Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse
So Many Me [coming August 1]
Steredenn
Strider
Sunset Overdrive
Super Mega Baseball: Extra Innings
Super Time Force
The Swapper
Terraria
Ultratron [coming August 1]
WWE 2K16

Xbox 360 (Playable on Xbox One)

A Kingdom for Keflings
A World of Keflings
Age of Booty
Alex Kidd & Co. (Sega Vintage Collection)
Banjo-Kazooie
Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts
Banjo-Tooie
Bionic Commando: Rearmed 2
BioShock
BioShock 2
BioShock Infinite
Borderlands
Bound by Flame
Braid
Capcom Arcade Cabinet
CastleStorm
Comic Jumper
Comix Zone
Dark Void
De Blob 2
Defense Grid
Dig Dug
Double Dragon Neon
Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara
Fable III
Final Fight: Double Impact
Flock
Galaga Legions DX
Gears of War
Gears of War 2
Gears of War 3
Gears of War: Judgment
Golden Axe (Sega Vintage Collection)
Grid 2
Hexic 2
IDARB
Iron Brigade
Jetpac Refuelled
Joe Danger: Special Edition
Joe Danger 2: The Movie
Joy Ride Turbo
Kameo
King of Fighters ’98: Ultimate Match
Lego Batman: The Video Game
The Maw
Metal Slug 3
Metal Slug XX [coming August 1]
Monaco: What’s Yours Is Mine
Monday Night Combat
Ms. Splosion Man
MX vs. ATV Reflex
N+
Neo Geo Battle Coliseum
Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising
Pac-Man CE DX+
Pac-Man Museum
Perfect Dark Zero
Sacred 3
Sam & Max: Beyond Time and Space
Sam & Max: Save The World
Samurai Shodown II
SoulCalibur
SoulCalibur II HD
Spelunky
Splosion Man
Stacking
Streets of Rage (Sega Vintage Collection)
Tekken Tag Tournament 2
Toy Soldiers
Toy Soldiers: Cold War
Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown
Viva Pinata
Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise
XCOM: Enemy Within

Xbox Game Pass is a subscription service from Microsoft for use with its Xbox One gaming console. Described as “Netflix for video games”, the Xbox Game Pass grants users access to a catalog of games from a range of publishers for a single monthly subscription price. The service was launched on June 1, 2017 while Xbox Live Gold subscribers received priority access on May 24.

Are Games Yours Forever?

This is where it starts to get a little sticky and paying attention to the fine print will benefit you guys. Unlike EA Access which is a “vault” of games, Xbox Game Pass says that they can remove a game whenever they want. Hmm. While this might not happen often, it still DOES and CAN happen and frankly, that makes me a little uncomfortable. For example, say you never played a game. You get it for free under the subscription service but you have to buy the season pass or whatever. If they remove the game from the service, you are stuck with a season pass and no game. Something to think about!

Subscription Packs – under $60

12 Month Gold Membership

Benefits
– Over 100 games to choose from
– Offers both 360 and Xbox One Games
– Discount on 1 year subscription service (reguarly $119 you can get it for less than $60)
– Available discount to keep a game forever, IF they are going to remove it from the Pass.
– Free trial of 14 days
– You can also get the Xbox Game Pass from using the Bing Rewards System.

Amazon Prime + Twitch Prime

You know what Amazon Prime is and you know what Twitch is – or I hope you do anyway. So they decided to combine forces and create the ultimate experience for gamers.

In case you don’t know what Twitch is:

“Introduced in June 2011 as a spin-off of the general-interest streaming platform, Justin.tv, the site primarily focuses on video gaming, including playthroughs of video games, broadcasts of eSports competitions, creative content, and more recently, music broadcasts. Content on the site can either be viewed live or via video on demand.”

And yes Amazon owns Twitch! Which is probably why they decided to do this to begin with. What’s easier than coming up with a business plan than coming up with a business plan using your own companies assets. No middle man? No extra fees for Amazon or Twitch which is good for you because this means they can offer a fantastic price and as many features as possible. Do I have Prime? Heck. Yes. Its the gamers paradise.

Amazon Prime – What Is Included

When you get Amazon Prime, Twitch Prime automatically comes with it. To top it off you also get Amazon Prime Benefits for Gamers – 20% Discount for New AAA Titles and Pre-Orders. 20%! You also get Amazon Prime’s Basic Benefits – Free Expedited Shipping or FREE Same-Day Delivery in eligible zip codes.

Twitch Prime – What is Included:

– Free in-game loot every month, plus exclusives and surprises
– Ad-free viewing plus a free channel subscription every 30 days
– Member discount on pre-release box games on Amazon
– Watch thousands of movies and TV shows
– Ad-free access to over a million songs
– Release Day Delivery

Essentially I think that Prime is the better option – it gives you the ability to enjoy Amazon and Twitch, but because its not a subscription GAME service, I can get the discounts I want but still get the games I want as well. I mean EA Access and the Xbox Game Pass are awesome. But if I look at something like the EA Access – at least half of the games on the list, I already own. The other half Im really not that interested in and EA Access only offers a 10% discount on Games and DLC. I would much rather have my Amazon Prime, get the games I want and get a 20% discount on Pre-orders, Games and DLC. Plus, I mean its Amazon Prime, don’t forget about the fact that you can also watch movies, listen to music and stream a lot of other things.

Subscription Packs – Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime has 2 main options available:

Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial

or

Join Prime Student FREE Two-Day Shipping for College Students

The students Prime is cheaper than the regular prime – by quite a bit, but they both offer amazing benefits.  I suggest you really sit down and decide whats in your budget, and what you care about the most.  in my opinion, if you are a new gamer then yea, EA Access or Xbox Game Pass might be a better option for you.  But, if you’re someone like me that has a ton of games already and really just wants discount and shipping benefits, then Amazon Prime is probably going to be the better option for you.

Just remember, EA Access does NOT have a free trial.  Xbox Game Pass has a 14 day free trial.  Amazon Prime has a 30 day trial.

In the end, Amazon Prime offers more benefits, more and better discounts, and even the trial lasts for longer!