Sony has stated that the recently announced EA Access won’t be available on PlayStation 4 because the scheme isn’t “good value”.
EA’s offer grants access to a vault of EA games for $3.99 a month or $29.99 per year. Currently you can access Battlefield 4, Madden NFL 25, FIFA 14 and Peggle 2, with others to be added in the future.
Subscribers also get 10% off the vast majority of EA games and DLC, plus five days early access to upcoming games such as Dragon Age: Inquisition, FIFA 15, NHL 15, NFL 15 and NBA Live 15.
Sony spoke to Eurogamer.net saying “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 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.
Sony’s stance may be in relation to their own similar system of PlayStation Now which goes to Beta in North America tomorrow.
“We’re working diligently to bring a subscription option to gamers to compliment our rental offering for PlayStation Now,” said Buser. “We believe that offering both of these options would provide gamers the freedom to discover and play games in ways that weren’t before possible.”
Pricing for PlayStation Now rentals as they exist now are still in flux, with Buser stating that they’ll be looking at feedback from users throughout the beta process. Some games will be offered at a rental price as low as $1.99 – one dollar lower than the current lowest price in the private beta. Buser also mentioned that a “rent-to-buy” solution is also being considered, but that with the service still being in its early days, it’s simply too soon to tell.
PlayStation Now is already claiming commitment from 50 game developers and publishers who will make their games available for the service. At the start of the open beta, Sony claims the service will have 100 games would be available and that new games would be added over time.