Sony Says ‘No’ to EA Access on PS4; Wouldn’t Be a ‘Good Value’
Yesterday we reported that EA Access is making its way to the Xbox One. Usually, when one console gets something new, the other is sure to follow. But not this time.
A Sony spokesperson told Game Informer that such a program wouldn’t “represent a good value to the PlayStation gamer,” and the program won’t be coming to Playstation 4.
“We evaluated the EA Access subscription offering and decided that it does not bring the kind of value PlayStation customers have come to expect,” Sony told Game Informer via email. “PlayStation Plus memberships are up more than 200 percent 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.”
EA Access would make certain AAA title games available to download while you’re subscribed (the list for the programs beta includes Madden 25, FIFA 14, Battlefield 4 and Peggle 2), as well as let subscribers play “trials” of as-yet unreleased games as much as five days before they hit shelves. It also packs a 10 percent discount on EA titles purchased from the Xbox Live store, all of which comes at a cost of $5 per month or $30 per year.
One wonders if another possible reason for Sony’s refusal to allow EA Access on its platform is that it would conflict or indirectly compete against Playstation Plus. If Sony were to allow EA Access program on the PS4, it would undoubtedly incentivize EA to give benefits like any potential sales or discounts to its own subscribers, rather than to players subscribed to PS Plus, and that could weaken Sony’s program while boosting EA’s.
I expect that EA will not go down easily and will continue to talk to Sony about adding the program to the console. Time will tell if it happens, but if it doesn’t, it could well be a big blow to the credibility of EA Access and make players ask whether they really should pony up their $30 for the benefit of a few small discounts, a few old game downloads, and the ability to play games a few days early.