FIFA 23 EA Play: BIG CHANGE comes to the 10 hour trial period

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FIFA 23 will soon be upon us, and we're already itching to get on the new game.

One way to do so is through Early Access, which can be gained by being an EA Play subscriber.

Find out everything you need to know about EA Play below.

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LATEST - Ratings Roll Out

FIFA 23 Ratings Week is officially underway, with EA rolling out plenty of fresh cards ahead of the release of the new game.

The following categories have now been revealed:

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Plenty more ratings are set to be revealed over the coming days, so stay up to date with all the latest news right here.

What is EA Play?

EA Play is a subscription service that offers early access, discounts, and rewards to members. This means it gives you the earliest opportunity to play FIFA 23.

Last year, EA said:

"Start your season first with a 10-hour trial – days before release. Save 10% on pre-orders with your member discount, plus unlock monthly rewards, and a library of top titles."
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EARLY ACCESS - Get on the game ASAP with EA Play

There are also several perks that come with becoming an EA Play member as well as early access, including rewards in Ultimate Team and VOLTA, and also 10% off pre-orders.

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CHANGE to 10-hour Trial

Unlike in previous years, when the EA Play 10-hour Trial went live nine days before the worldwide release of FIFA, it will now only be three days before release.

As stated on the EA website:

If you pre-order FIFA 23 Ultimate Edition or have EA Play Pro, you can get in the game three days early starting on September 27, 2022. EA Play members can begin their 10-hour trial at this time, too.

This means that if you are an EA Play member and want to try before you buy, you can access the full game for free at the same time as those who purchased the Ultimate Edition.

If you’re an EA Play member, you can play a 10-hour trial of FIFA 23 starting September 27 on PC, PlayStation, or Xbox. You’ll get ten hours of playtime total, and your trial progress carries over if you decide to buy the full game with your 10% membership discount.

We're not sure why EA has decided to change things this year, but it will likely lead to a fair few disgruntled customers!

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EA Play Trial Release Date

The official release date for the EA Play Trial is Tuesday, 27 September, three days before the worldwide Standard Edition release.

The start time can vary, but last year it came at approximately 11am ET / 4pm BST.

As the Trial will go live on the same day that pre-ordered Ultimate Edition users will gain access, we think it likely that both will happen at a similar time, possibly just after 12 Midnight.

Make the most of the 10 hours

Make sure if you aren't playing the game to fully close down the application.

Any time it is running in the background will use up the 10-hour limit.

You will have to fully close the apps:

  • Xbox users - you need to manually quit the game
  • PlayStation users - close the application manually
  • PC users - closing the window will be enough
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For tips on how to make the most of trial time, look here.

How much is EA Play?

You can pay for EA Play either monthly or annually.

Paying for an entire year's membership works out at around 50% cheaper, but smaller monthly payments might be more manageable for you.

Around the time FIFA is released, there is often a deal where you can get a month of EA Play for a heavily reduced price, so watch out for that - last year you could get it for just 79p!

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EA Play on PS4 / PS5

EA Play on PlayStation is £3.99 / $4.99 / €3.99 per month or £19.99 / $29.99 / €24.99 for 12 months.

The membership can be purchased through the PS4 or PS5 itself, via the EA Play app.

EA Play on Xbox One / Xbox Series X|S

An EA Play membership on an Xbox console costs £3.99 / $4.99 / €3.99 per month or £19.99 / $29.99 / €24.99 for 12 months.

However, the most cost-effective solution is to subscribe to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

This costs £10.99 / $14.99 / €14.99 per month - with your first month costing £1 / $1 / €1.

EA Play games on both Xbox and Windows can be downloaded at no extra cost as part of Ultimate, which is perfect for owners of both platforms.

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EA Play on Windows PC

EA Play on PC costs £3.99 / $4.99 / €3.99 per month or £19.99 / $29.99 / €24.99 for 12 months and offers the same benefits as both the PlayStation and Xbox versions.

PC users can subscribe to EA Play either through Electronic Arts' own Origin game store or Steam.

EA Play Pro is also an option for Origin players, which provides unlimited play time for early access to brand new games.

EA Play Pro costs £14.99 / $14.99 / €14.99 per month or £89.99 / $99.99 / €99.99 annually.