2014-08-18 07:06:55 - What is the hottest video games selling the USA?
EA Access is being rolled out to a small number of Xbox One players in a test group but will "soon" be available for anyone with Microsoft's latest generation video game consoles, the according to the California-based video game company. www.rakeinme.com
Subscriptions will start at $5 a month or $30 for a full year, according to EA.
The new service tailored exclusive for Xbox One comes in a partnership with Microsoft, which is intent on gaining ground on PlayStation 4 consoles fielded late last year by Japanese rival Sony.
During the EA Access test phase, players will get unlimited access to FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2, and Battlefield 4 with more titles to be added, according to the game maker.
downloads of selected older titles as part of its PlayStation Plus subscription service on its consoles. Players have been watching for a "cloud" based PlayStation game service since it purchased game-streaming specialty firm Gaikai two years ago.
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Sales of video game hardware, mostly consoles, jumped 76 percent to $192.8 million during the month compared to a year ago, more than offsetting a 10-percent drop in sales of game software to $227.9 million, NPD reported.
Overall video game sales rose 17 percent to $580.3 million from the same month last year, according to NPD.
PS4 was the top-selling console for the fourth consecutive month, followed by Microsoft's Xbox One.
"Titanfall" was the top-selling game, followed by "Call of Duty: Ghosts."
NPD estimated that the total spent in the US on video games topped a billion dollars during the month after adding in rentals, mobile apps, social network play, subscriptions, digital downloads, and other non-traditional revenue channels.
Microsoft said Tuesday it would sell a reduced-price version of its Xbox One console without the Kinect motion detection system.
The move comes with Microsoft locked in a tough battle with Sony, which has been leading the game console market with its next-generation PlayStation 4.