Although conventionally considered an Xbox-first franchise due to its popularity in North America, last year’s Madden NFL 15 actually sold best on the PlayStation 4. To help sweeten the deal this August, Microsoft has revealed an Xbox One Madden NFL 16 bundle, and it offers some serious bang for your buck.
The Xbox One Madden NFL bundle, like the Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare bundles, includes the newly released 1 TB Xbox One console. However, it also includes a one-year subscription to the Xbox One-exclusive EA Access service. This means that in addition to Madden 16 and the previous two Madden games, buyers will also have unlimited access to games like NHL 15, FIFA 15, EA Sports UFC, Need For Speed: Rivals, Titanfall, and NBA Live 15 … but you might want to skip that last one.
While the standalone version of Madden 16 launches on August 25, the Xbox One bundle launches a week earlier on August 18. As the included game is a digital download rather than a disc, it won’t be playable that day, but EA Access subscribers will be able to play the game beginning on August 20. The announcement says that you’ll be able to “take Madden NFL 16 for a spin” on that day, but don’t expect to play for too long; when Dragon Age: Inquisition was offered early, playtime was limited to just six hours, though progress did carry over into the full game.
The EA Access program has expanded greatly in the last year, evolving from a way for impatient people to try out new games into a platform to play several of EA’s most recent releases for $30 per year. As shown on the program’s official page, it will also include early access to Star Wars: Battlefront, a game demonstrated exclusively on PlayStation 4 during last month’s E3.