This morning, news hit of Electronic Arts’ new plan to offer a subscription service called EA Access. It’s pretty much like Sony’s PlayStation Plus offering, with a continually rotating collection of EA games for subscribers to play each month. If you need to catch up, then head over to Wesley’s article on the new service.
When EA Access was announced, it was said to be coming to Xbox One to begin with. Naturally, people began asking whether or not we’d see the service introduced to Sony’s consoles. Sony has since answered that question with a resounding: nope.
Their reasoning is pretty blunt: it doesn’t offer value for money.
In an emailed statement sent to Game Informer, a Sony spokesperson 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.”
It’s possible that Sony took this stance because they don’t want a rival subscription service on their hardware. It’s also possible that EA games will still come to PlayStation Plus offerings. Hell, it’s also entirely possible that Sony could change their minds in the future. For now, however, there’ll be no EA Access on Sony hardware. Would you have at least appreciated being given a choice?