Sony passes on EA Access, says it's not the kind of value PlayStation customers have come to expect

Posted on July 30, 2014 - 7:20pm by Ryan Conway

Yesterday, EA announced its brand-new (and soon to be launched) subscription service for Xbox One players, EA Access. For only $5 a month or $30 per-year, subscribers will be given access to free monthly games, members only discounts, and the ability to play the hottest new EA releases up to five days before everyone else. The big question that arose after this news came out was whether or not EA would be bringing the service to PS4 owners. Today, we got an answer. Turns out Sony doesn't want to be associated with the program.

In an official statement sent to the folks at Game Informer, Sony says after evaluating EA Access, it ruled to pass on the program because "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.”   

Damn. That's some polite smack talk. 

Now does that mean Sony won't change its mind eventually? No, but I don't see that happening, cause Sony's right. Having a similar, albeit a brand-specific program vying for attention alongside its PS Plus program wouldn't be overly great for consumers since PS Plus is mostly all-encompassing. Besides, why would Sony want to open the floodgates for competition on its own turf? 

The deal works better for Microsoft since the Xbox brand doesn't have a PS Plus style program (Games with Gold doesn't come close) but for Sony, it's just not a good fit.

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