EA Access, EA's all-you-can-consume games subscription plan for Xbox One, does not require an Xbox Live Gold account. EA confirmed the news but emphasized the fact that Xbox Live Gold will still be required for individual game features such as multiplayer. Of course that won't stop Xbox Live Silver users from obtaining the games and worrying about non-functional features later.
EA Access is not the first service to be available outside of Xbox Live Gold; Microsoft Netflix and other entertainment apps became available outside gold membership in June.
Announced last month, EA Access costs $4.99 a month, or $29.99 a year. The service gives subscribers access to what EA calls "The Vault," a collection of EA games available to download and play on demand and at no additional cost. EA Access members also get a ten percent discount on purchases of EA digital content via Xbox Live, and receive early access to select games starting with Madden NFL 15, NHL 15, FIFA 15, NBA LIVE 15 and Dragon Age: Inquisition later this year.