EA have only just announced their new digital subscription service for the Xbox One, called EA Access, offering up an expanding collection of EA games to download for a monthly fee. It seems though that Sony are less than impressed with the idea and have spoken out on their reasons for declining the option of bringing it to the PS4.
EA Access is essentially very similar to Sony’s PS Plus subscription, or Microsoft’s Games with Gold; meaning that by paying a small subscription fee, you’ll have access to number of games to download. Overall these schemes do work out much cheaper than renting or buying those individual games, though there’s always the problem that if you aren’t interested in a particular set of games then you can feel more like you’re wasting your money. Of course with PS Plus and Xbox Live Gold, you’re also additionally paying to be able to play your games online.
Sony then, have decided that having to pay a second subscription on top of PS Plus is not good value for money. In a statement to Game Informer, Sony said the following –
“We evaluated the EA Access subscription offering and decided that it does not bring the kind of value PlayStation customers have come to expect.”
“PlayStation Plus memberships are up more than 200% 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.”
There will be a lot of people out there that agree with the point that adding more and more subscriptions is expensive and fairly pointless. I personally don’t have much interest in EA Access either and wont miss it from the PS4, nor will I be paying attention to in on the Xbox One. There also isn’t always much love, or trust given to EA from gamers these days so there are already people who support Sony in turning their back on what they consider to be ‘the big bad wolf’.
However, it seems pretty strange that Sony are not interested in offering the choice, after all, the Playstation systems also have Netflix on them, another subscription service, and they are currently trialing their Playstation Now subscription service. Sony will no doubt always have the option to change their minds about EA Access but it seems unlikely at the moment. Whether you’re interested in EA Access or not, it seems Sony have decided for you.
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