Playing on the PC or the console is an expensive hobby for new blockbusters, given prices of 60 euros and more. Especially when a supposed hit turns out to be a boring flop after just a few hours of play. But there is another way, for example with the game flat rates from Electronic Arts (EA), Microsoft and Ubisoft. The comparison shows whether the flat rates are real alternatives to traditional single purchases and which offer is particularly tricky.
Although Origin Access or EA Access, the Xbox Game Pass and Uplay + are not streaming solutions such as Netflix or Spotify, the principle is comparable. For a monthly subscription price, you get access to a catalog of games that you can use during the subscription phase without any time or other restrictions. For example, if you take a break for a month in the summer, scores, lists of friends and the like are retained – after the break you can continue where you left off.
All three game flat rates – EA uses different names for its PC and console offerings with Origin Access and EA Access – have two things in common: The flat rates are seamlessly integrated into their own shops or clients and move their own titles in the center. Although there is some overlap in terms of catalogs, you won’t find an EA blockbuster in Uplay + or a Microsoft hit in Origin Access.
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