Sony Passed on EA Access For PS4 as it's Not 'Good Value'

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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.

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#2 Edited by DEadliNE-Zero0 (6593 posts) -

Guess Sony forgot PSnow for a second.

Honestly, aslong as it's not mandatory, i think it's great value, specially since it's from EA. Would like it on PC myself just for the heck of it.

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#3 Edited by parkurtommo (28290 posts) -

@deadline-zero0 said:

specially since it's from EA.

Isn't that a good reason to stay away from it?

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#4 Posted by freedomfreak (49385 posts) -

If anyone knows GOOD value, it's SONY.

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#5 Posted by Roler42 (1067 posts) -

@deadline-zero0: EA already gives crazy discounts and free games on Origin without even charging for a premium...

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#6 Posted by sts106mat (24019 posts) -

hahaha INB4 cows & Gif-tards believing this bullshit.

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#7 Posted by SecretPolice (30753 posts) -

That's a nice big load of DC you got there. :P

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#8 Posted by MlauTheDaft (5189 posts) -

Of course Sony would say that, the EA store kind approaches conflic of interest.

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#9 Posted by DEadliNE-Zero0 (6593 posts) -

@parkurtommo said:

@deadline-zero0 said:

specially since it's from EA.

Isn't that a good reason to stay away from it?

Not really. The point is that i was expecting much more for the yearly sub. 5x12 is 60, which i would still find too little for EA standarts. But the fact that they're offering it for 30 is surprising.

However, we do still need to see which games will be added over time. Even then, just for thoese 4, it's good value. Ense, why i'm shocked.

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#10 Posted by Telekill (7128 posts) -

It is a waste of money. How many subscription services do we need people?

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#11 Edited by WeepsForFools (782 posts) -

I thought Sony was for gamers

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#12 Posted by nutcrackr (13029 posts) -

What a crock of shit.

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#13 Posted by Shielder7 (5191 posts) -

@Telekill said:

It is a waste of money. How many subscription services do we need people?

IMO both PS Now and EA Access are both a waste of money and a ripoff. It's a race to the bottom that I hope no one wins.

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#14 Posted by CyberLips (1826 posts) -

I don't know about value but it certainly is strange to have a subscription service on top of another subscription service.

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#15 Edited by Mr-Kutaragi (2462 posts) -

@sts106mat said:

hahaha INB4 cows & Gif-tards believing this bullshit.

Dat butthurt. Lems getting used to sloppy second and garbage that sony pass on. TLHBO

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#16 Posted by Bread_or_Decide (23784 posts) -

Good value or not, I guess having the option is more important. Oh well, I would never have paid for this since I don't really play those EA sports games.

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#17 Posted by Telekill (7128 posts) -

@Shielder7: If Sony can make the rental prices on PS Now reasonable then I can see it being a valid and useful service. With prices the way they are now though... I agree, it's useless as most won't agree to pay those fees.

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#18 Posted by MBirdy88 (11728 posts) -

@Shielder7 said:

@Telekill said:

It is a waste of money. How many subscription services do we need people?

IMO both PS Now and EA Access are both a waste of money and a ripoff. It's a race to the bottom that I hope no one wins.

how are rental systems a rip off when the pricing is STILL better than the old brick and morter stores we use to have?

£7 for a weeks rental is far from a rip off... especially for smaller AAA games.

the list of EA games is too short. if it provided us access to newly release games it would make abit more sense... (but you have to pay for DLC)... otherwise... whats the point? its nowhere near the same as PS NOW.

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#19 Posted by slimdogmilionar (928 posts) -

They can't afford to pay developers for PS+ games, PSNow games, and then pay EA on top of that. If PS4 can help Sony become profitable again and this service becomes popular expect this this decision to change, especially if PS fans start asking for it.

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#20 Edited by starwolf474 (983 posts) -

I hate the idea of EA Access and any kind of game rental service and I hope they all fail, but Sony's reason here is complete bullshit. We all know that the real reason is they don't want it competing with PlayStation Now which is a much worse value than this.

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#21 Edited by CyberLips (1826 posts) -

@Shielder7 said:

@Telekill said:

It is a waste of money. How many subscription services do we need people?

IMO both PS Now and EA Access are both a waste of money and a ripoff. It's a race to the bottom that I hope no one wins.

I kind of want EA to win that race, they ruined Dead Space.

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#22 Edited by WeepsForFools (782 posts) -

@Mr-Kutaragi said:

@sts106mat said:

hahaha INB4 cows & Gif-tards believing this bullshit.

Dat butthurt. Lems getting used to sloppy second and garbage that sony pass on. TLHBO

you'd be jacking to a kaz gif if sony sealed this deal, pathetic cow

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#23 Posted by Salt_The_Fries (12477 posts) -

Because streaming legacy titles for 5 bucks for 4 hours is so much better value.

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#24 Posted by Shielder7 (5191 posts) -

@Telekill said:

@Shielder7: If Sony can make the rental prices on PS Now reasonable then I can see it being a valid and useful service. With prices the way they are now though... I agree, it's useless as most won't agree to pay those fees.

@MBirdy88 said:

@Shielder7 said:

@Telekill said:

It is a waste of money. How many subscription services do we need people?

IMO both PS Now and EA Access are both a waste of money and a ripoff. It's a race to the bottom that I hope no one wins.

how are rental systems a rip off when the pricing is STILL better than the old brick and morter stores we use to have?

Because they're old games no one gives a shit about anymore. Anyone who was going to buy BF4 has already got, same with the crap they're putting on PS Now they're not going to put anything on younger than a year, I'm willing to bet most will be 2-3 years old at least.

Games that old I can buy dirt cheap used and resell to get most if not all my money back when I'm done with it. If I end up really liking the game I'll probably buy it anyway as I'm not paying a subscription fee to be able to play older games.

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#25 Posted by NFJSupreme (6456 posts) -

Sony doesn't want anyone nickel and diming cows but themselves. Don't buy into the bs and follow the money. EAs service would compete directly with playstation now.

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#26 Edited by foxhound_fox (96150 posts) -

Lol, no, they passed on it because it wouldn't let them gouge PSNow customers.

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#27 Edited by CanYouDiglt (8100 posts) -

It is only not a good value to them because they will not be able to rip off people with PSNow as much.

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#28 Edited by Mr-Kutaragi (2462 posts) -

@WeepsForFools said:

@Mr-Kutaragi said:

@sts106mat said:

hahaha INB4 cows & Gif-tards believing this bullshit.

Dat butthurt. Lems getting used to sloppy second and garbage that sony pass on. TLHBO

you'd be jacking to a kaz gif if sony sealed this deal, pathetic cow

Nothing is lower than lem. After defending soviet xbox policy, now defend EA milkage. Who knows small rodent supplies so much milk. Sony pass on garbage and MS eat it up.

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#29 Posted by Shielder7 (5191 posts) -

@slimdogmilionar said:

They can't afford to pay developers for PS+ games, PSNow games, and then pay EA on top of that. If PS4 can help Sony become profitable again and this service becomes popular expect this this decision to change, especially if PS fans start asking for it.

I wouldn't think they would have to pay EA anything as EA would be getting the money from the subscription service. If anything I think EA would have to pay them.

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#30 Posted by Telekill (7128 posts) -

@Shielder7: You don't know that Sony will only add games that are 2 years old. If they want PS Now to be a successful rental service, it's logical that they would add newer games as well.

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#31 Posted by CyberLips (1826 posts) -

I have to agree with the majority of posts here, PS Now is a terrible service.

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#32 Posted by Bread_or_Decide (23784 posts) -

@CyberLips said:

I don't know about value but it certainly is strange to have a subscription service on top of another subscription service.

Yup. About as dumb as blocking apps behind a pay wall. Ahhh 360...I remember you well...

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#33 Posted by sts106mat (24019 posts) -

@Mr-Kutaragi said:

@WeepsForFools said:

@Mr-Kutaragi said:

@sts106mat said:

hahaha INB4 cows & Gif-tards believing this bullshit.

Dat butthurt. Lems getting used to sloppy second and garbage that sony pass on. TLHBO

you'd be jacking to a kaz gif if sony sealed this deal, pathetic cow

Nothing is lower than lem. After defending soviet xbox policy, now defend EA milkage. Who knows small rodent supplies so much milk. Sony pass on garbage and MS eat it up.

nearly 2000 posts and you are still failing to be even remotely amusing in every single post...

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#34 Posted by Shielder7 (5191 posts) -

@Telekill said:

@Shielder7: You don't know that Sony will only add games that are 2 years old. If they want PS Now to be a successful rental service, it's logical that they would add newer games as well.

It's common sense, publishers aren't going to want their new games on PS Now as it would kill their sales or they would want a cut way too high unless the game terrible and not selling well anyway, but who cares about bad games?

EA isn't going to put new games on EA Access either, you're only going to get games on their that have stopped selling because anyone who wanted it already has it.

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#35 Posted by clyde46 (49047 posts) -

@Telekill said:

It is a waste of money. How many subscription services do we need people?

This is Origin for console gamers.

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#36 Posted by uninspiredcup (23350 posts) -

Everyone in the world believes what EA says.

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#37 Posted by CyberLips (1826 posts) -

@sts106mat said:

@Mr-Kutaragi said:

Nothing is lower than lem. After defending soviet xbox policy, now defend EA milkage. Who knows small rodent supplies so much milk. Sony pass on garbage and MS eat it up.

nearly 2000 posts and you are still failing to be even remotely amusing in every single post...

Come on now, the soviet part was pretty funny.

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#38 Edited by Shielder7 (5191 posts) -

@clyde46 said:

@Telekill said:

It is a waste of money. How many subscription services do we need people?

This is Origin for console gamers.

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#39 Posted by CyberLips (1826 posts) -

@Shielder7 said:

omg is it ok??

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#40 Edited by The_Last_Ride (76371 posts) -

BUUUUUURN! EA went to the company they knew they would get money from: MS

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#41 Posted by Heil68 (57212 posts) -

Good, I know now not to buy it.

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#42 Posted by sts106mat (24019 posts) -

@CyberLips said:

@sts106mat said:

@Mr-Kutaragi said:

Nothing is lower than lem. After defending soviet xbox policy, now defend EA milkage. Who knows small rodent supplies so much milk. Sony pass on garbage and MS eat it up.

nearly 2000 posts and you are still failing to be even remotely amusing in every single post...

Come on now, the soviet part was pretty funny.

coming from someone pretending to be japanese on a video game forum? seriously?

I can't imagine what motivates him to log into his account and post that shit.

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#43 Edited by DEadliNE-Zero0 (6593 posts) -

@clyde46 said:

@Telekill said:

It is a waste of money. How many subscription services do we need people?

This is Origin for console gamers.

Not really. The shitty part about Origins for us is that we have to use even if most of our library is on Steam. Console gamers still have the option to simply buy the game normally.

@Shielder7 said:

@clyde46 said:

@Telekill said:

It is a waste of money. How many subscription services do we need people?

This is Origin for console gamers.

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#44 Edited by PurpleMan5000 (9176 posts) -

@Shielder7 said:

@Telekill said:

It is a waste of money. How many subscription services do we need people?

IMO both PS Now and EA Access are both a waste of money and a ripoff. It's a race to the bottom that I hope no one wins.

I don't have a problem with either of them. PS+ and XBLG both need to go, though.

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#45 Posted by Mr-Kutaragi (2462 posts) -

@sts106mat said:

@Mr-Kutaragi said:

@WeepsForFools said:

@Mr-Kutaragi said:

@sts106mat said:

hahaha INB4 cows & Gif-tards believing this bullshit.

Dat butthurt. Lems getting used to sloppy second and garbage that sony pass on. TLHBO

you'd be jacking to a kaz gif if sony sealed this deal, pathetic cow

Nothing is lower than lem. After defending soviet xbox policy, now defend EA milkage. Who knows small rodent supplies so much milk. Sony pass on garbage and MS eat it up.

nearly 2000 posts and you are still failing to be even remotely amusing in every single post...

Almost decade on this site and still irrelevant as day 1 you sign up. Yet, you believe gif-tards is amusing? Please, call more lem to help DC in this thread.

Prove the sony claim is bullshit, or leave in shame like every thread you posting in.

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#46 Posted by MBirdy88 (11728 posts) -

@PurpleMan5000 said:

@Shielder7 said:

@Telekill said:

It is a waste of money. How many subscription services do we need people?

IMO both PS Now and EA Access are both a waste of money and a ripoff. It's a race to the bottom that I hope no one wins.

I don't have a problem with either of them. PS+ and XBLG both need to go, though.

Its just too much money for them to ignore now... it will likely never go away.

Your right though... I laugh at how people here say MMO subscriptions, rental subscriptions ect are bad.... and that "they shouldn't have to pay them ontop of PSN+/XBOX LIVE" ... but hold on a second, what do they have to do with those services? nothing. people see a monthly cost and run a mile without thinking things through.

You upfront pay friggin £40 for games.... thats what? 8 months of that subscription to have several games (ofcourse, dependant on individuals taste in games). or PS NOW you can rent a game for £7 instead of buying it if its a short 10 hour game.

I dunno, I find the "omg sub fee" haters to mostly be children relying on pocket money or illogical cheapskate adults.

But... happy to pay to play online... lulz.

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#47 Posted by Shielder7 (5191 posts) -

@PurpleMan5000 said:

@Shielder7 said:

@Telekill said:

It is a waste of money. How many subscription services do we need people?

IMO both PS Now and EA Access are both a waste of money and a ripoff. It's a race to the bottom that I hope no one wins.

I don't have a problem with either of them. PS+ and XBLG both need to go, though.

Sadly that's not going to happen, you can thank MS for that as the only reason PSN+ exists is because Sony got envious of Xbox Live Gold and seen people were dumb enough to pay for something they should be getting for free.

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#48 Posted by shawn30 (4367 posts) -

@SecretPolice said:

That's a nice big load of DC you got there. :P

Lol, so true. Sony is simply telling Cows "We know whats best for you better than you do." That response was garbage PR no different than MS combining numbers or when Sony used to. Its pure BS. Sony should simply tell the truth, but that would be bad PR. That truth being "We don't want competition from a dev as huge as EA, possibly taking away revenue from PSNow." So instead they simply tell you they know whats best. Its as bad as MS forcing the DRM on you before they took it away, or not selling a Kinectless Xbox One at launch. Choice, first, last, and always is the only way to go. And then just work hard to make your service the best it can be.

It'll be funny seeing how the most hardcore Cows spin this today. The ones who feel Sony is their dear old beloved grandma who bakes them cookies and hugs away their tears :)

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#49 Posted by PurpleMan5000 (9176 posts) -

@Shielder7 said:

@PurpleMan5000 said:

@Shielder7 said:

@Telekill said:

It is a waste of money. How many subscription services do we need people?

IMO both PS Now and EA Access are both a waste of money and a ripoff. It's a race to the bottom that I hope no one wins.

I don't have a problem with either of them. PS+ and XBLG both need to go, though.

Sadly that's not going to happen, you can thank MS for that as the only reason PSN+ exists is because Sony got envious of Xbox Live Gold and seen people were dumb enough to pay for something they should be getting for free.

Well, the Xbone is doing rather poorly. Microsoft has shown a willingness to abandon poor business practices in the face of lost profits in the past (See Games for Windows Live Gold). Maybe they will drop the fee to make the Xbone more attractive.

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#50 Edited by Alcapello (1396 posts) -

@NFJSupreme said:

Sony doesn't want anyone nickel and diming cows but themselves. Don't buy into the bs and follow the money. EAs service would compete directly with playstation now.

You say as if it's the bad thing. More money for exclusive and infrastructure, it is a business strategy where you keep the money in it's pot as it grows.

If EA takes the loot, it's going to go into more mediocore multiplats on the xbox.

Luckily it is a more focus of established franchises (NHL, etc) coming steady to the PS4.