F1 22 Early Access - How to Play Early

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June 28, 2022 - Early access is now available to Champions Edition owners and EA Play members. You can jump in and hit the tracks now.

Want to start racing early? If so, you'll want to learn all about F1 22 early access, which kicks off very soon. There are several ways to try out the latest competitive racing game ahead of its proper release, so we've got the lowdown on all of them for you to see exactly how you can get involved.

In this F1 22 guide, we'll outline the two ways to play the game early. These early access options are only active for a few short days prior to the wide releae of F1 22, so it's best to dive in as soon as you can to make the most of that precious time to get the edge on your opponents.

Elsewhere, we've got other F1 22 guides to check out too. Our driver ratings will run you through the best driver on each team in the game, and we've got a preview of the game as well, to see our early thoughts prior to launch. That's alongside a look at the brand-new Miami track!

How Do I Get F1 22 Early Access?

If you want to play F1 22 prior to its July 1 release date, you've got a couple of options.

  • Buy the Champions Edition
  • Play via EA Play
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First and foremost, those who purchase the Champions Edition of the game automatically get three days of early access. Therefore, you'll be able to kick off your racing career on June 28 instead. Of course, that comes at an increased price, costing around £80 for the next-gen versions as opposed to £60 for the standard version.

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If the thought of spending extra money for just a few days of early access doesn't appeal to you, then EA Play subscribers will be glad to learn there's another option. If you happen to subscribe to EA Play, you can get a ten-hour timed trial of the Champions Edition when it releases on June 28. Of course, that isn't the equivalent to having the entire game at your dispoal, but it's a reliable way to get some laps in while you wait for your pre-order to arrive, for example.

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At the moment, those are your only two options when it comes to early access in F1 22. If you choose to get the Champions Edition you can play to your heart's content in those three days of early access, while EA Play Pro subscribers can play ten hours at a slightly lower cost.

Each option has its own benefits, so it'll be totally up to you which to choose. The Champions Edition also comes with other perks, such as 18,000 free PitCoin, some exclusive My Team icons, and dual entitlement if you upgrade to a next-gen console.

That's your lot when it comes to the various early access options for F1 22. No matter which one you choose, there's not long to wait until the game arrives! While you're here, feel free to also check out whether the game is coming to Xbox Game Pass any time soon.