E3 started with a bang today with the EA press event, which was streamed live on Twitch. Aside from super expected announcements like Battlefield V gaining a battle royale mode, they also teased a new subscription-based game streaming service called “Origin Access Premier." It seems to be an upgrade over the existing Origin Access service which basically just gives you access to EA’s back catalog of games you’ve probably already played. Origin Access Premier features all the new EA games, specifically citing the latest Madden coming to the service. The existing Origin Access service costs $4.99 a month or $29.99 a year, and presumably the new one will be more expensive.
Details are few and far between for the new Premier side of the service, but it does seem to rely on the GameFly cloud streaming service that EA bought not long ago. Games all are rendered remotely and then streamed to your device, and as part of the demo they showed games being played on Android devices with a controller that looked a bit like the MOGA. Pricing, availability (beyond “later this year") and all other details are still up in the air… I sort of doubt that Origin Access Premier will be coming to iOS, as I see it being stuck in the same purgatory as Rovio’s Hatch, but, who knows. Stranger things have happened.