Shots Fired: Sony Thinks EA Access Is Not “Good Value”
In talks with Game Informer, a Sony representative shared their thoughts about the recent announcement of Electronic Arts’ EA Access subscription plan. It turns out that Sony isn’t having it, with the following comment given:
We evaluated the EA Access subscription offering and decided that it does not bring the kind of value PlayStation customers have come to expect.
EA Access isn’t a bad deal, per se; it costs $4.99 a month and grants the player a choice of rentals from the publisher’s most popular games, with the option to pay $29.99 for a full year. Still, Playstation sort of does its own thing with subscriptions and it’s paying off, as the representative stated:
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 sounds harsh, but it’s not that far from the truth. For whatever it’s worth, a singular publisher’s title for a small price is still a lot less value than a plan that costs just a bit more, but unlocks a full library. Besides, EA Access won’t be available in all regions, nor will it contain all the company’s game.
Titles like Titanfall have already been marked as unavailable, given that the shooter works on a multiplayer model. It’s plausible that similar games would be left out, to prevent people from renting it, instead of going all-in.
Anyway, the comments from Sony make it sound more like EA tried to pass it off to them as well, but had the company decline it, leading the publisher to hail Xbox One as a platform of choice, rather than the only option.
EA Access will start rolling out this summer.