Sony Passed on EA Access For PS4 as it's Not 'Good Value'
By Luke KarmaliSony has announced it passed on the opportunity to have EA Access on PS4 as the company doesn't believe it offers "good value".
Speaking to Game Informer, a Sony spokesperson revealed the subscription service wasn't a good fit for its new console considering the continuing popularity of PS Plus.
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"We evaluated the EA Access subscription offering and decided that it does not bring the kind of value PlayStation customers have come to expect," a statement reads. "PlayStation Plus memberships are up more than 200 per cent since the launch of PlayStation 4, which shows that gamers are looking for memberships that offer a multitude of services, across various devices, for one low price.
"We don't think asking our fans to pay an additional $5 a month for this EA-specific program represents good value to the PlayStation gamer."
In case you missed it yesterday, EA Access will come exclusively to Xbox One costing $4.99 / £3.99 a month and will grant access to a vault of blockbuster EA titles including Battlefield 4, Madden NFL 25, FIFA 14 and Peggle 2, with more added in future. It'll also offer 10 percent discounts on all EA digital content, which includes full games and DLC, as well as access to trials of new EA games nearly a week before they come out (with saves that copy over to the final game, should you choose to purchase it later). Games that will be eligible for early access and save copy-over are Madden NFL 15, NHL 15, FIFA 15, NBA Live 15, and Dragon Age: Inquisition.
PS Plus, on the other hand, grants access to two games a month for PS4, PS3 and PS Vita that you keep as long as your subscription doesn't lapse. It's very similar to Microsoft's new Games with Gold program, which gives you two games a month for Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Xbox 360 games are yours forever, though Xbox One titles do need you to be subscribed. It's unclear whether EA games will continue to come to Games with Gold following the launch of EA Access, and it's possible that Sony's decision was influenced by the idea of keeping them available via PS Plus.
Considering Sony is working on releasing PS Now before too long, enabling you to rent a host of titles, it seems the company decided to keep pursuing that option. Whether the news that you'll be able to access a big swatch of EA's back-catalogue for such a low cost will impact the potential pricing of Sony's scheme remains to be seen.