It's an accepted fact of life on consoles that your purchase also comes with an in-built subscription that everyone just has to have. It's not even a question. EA's Early Access on Xbox One is also considered a solid advantage for Microsoft.
But in the PC world, these subscription services are less enticing.
Humble Bundle's monthly service has been running for a couple of months without an exceptional amount of fanfare. And as of this morning we know that EA are offering their subscription service to users on PC, provided you live in Canada, the US, Germany, or the UK.
Question is: what would it actually take for you to sign up to one on PC?
For me, I'd actually quite like to see a retro subscription from, say, Good Old Games. Getting access to a rotating roster of retro titles on a variety of devices is something that I'd immediately consider dropping a few dollars on provided the asking price wasn't too much.
As for EA's program? It's not a bad deal, although I think it really only works if you tend to enjoy shooters and sports games. That's where the most consistent, on-going value with The Vault is. Sure, you could get access to games like Dragon Age: Inquisition, but if you're only interested in titles like that and not the rest of EA's catalogue you might be better off picking up the games individually when they're on sale (and Inquisition was under $30 recently for consoles too).
And that's not even getting into the value of traditional subscriptions for MMOs and other genres. So that's today's question. Subscriptions: what does it take to push you over the edge of commitment?