updated 04:48 pm EDT, Wed July 30, 2014
Company cites PlayStation Plus memberships, EA program lacks 'good value'
Earlier this week, Electronic Arts (EA) announced the EA Access program, which would give gamers access to EA games via a subscription platform. The program is currently exclusive to the Xbox One, but it appears that Sony thinks that the service wouldn't be a good fit for PlayStation 4 owners. According to Sony, a monthly program that only offers EA titles isn't "good value."
In a statement to Game Informer, the manufacturer said that it didn't believe that EA's Access program offered enough to current PlayStation gamers. The representative told the publication that the EA Access program was reviewed, but it "does not bring the kind of value PlayStation customers have come to expect." Instead, the company suggested that PlayStation Plus is the sort of program PlayStation owners are looking for.
"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," said the representative.
Through the Access program, EA currently offers only four games. Gamers that subscribe to the $5 per month service gain access to Battlefield 4, FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25 and Peggle 2. The program pales in comparison to the offerings that Sony gives to PlayStation Plus subscribers. Through PlayStation Plus, a $50 per year service, a rotation of free games are offered up monthly, as well as discounts, online multiplayer and online storage.
A single PlayStation Plus membership covers the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and the Vita. Games from different publishers are offered in the program, with multiple titles being offered per console. The catch is that subscribers don't get to keep the games if the subscription lapses. For July, Strider, Vessel, Muramasa Rebirth, Doki-Doki Universe, Dead Space 3 and TowerFall Ascension are all free. On August 5, the lineup changes to Road Not Taken, Fez, Crysis 3, Proteus, Metrico and Dragon's Crown.
While that's a better value PlayStation owners are accustomed to, it's possible that there are other reasons why Sony doesn't believe that EA's service is tailored to their console owners. The PlayStation 4 has been snubbed by EA in the past, as the publisher has touted its partnership with Microsoft. In the partnership, the Xbox One gets exclusive content for sports games from the company. It's also possible that EA Access was offered to Sony, but the company didn't like the deal.