Sony rejected EA Access, says PS+ invalidates it

Sony has finally responded to getting shunned by EA with the EA Access program that will debut later this year exclusively on Xbox One. The service allows gamers to pay $5 per month or $30 per year to play year old EA games and early access to some new releases.

It turns out, Sony rejected it. A Sony representative had this to say about EA Access:

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.

I can’t disagree with them. I don’t have faith in EA to offer anything truly exciting on Access that isn’t a year old sports title or a still buggy Battlefield.

It’s interesting that Sony actually rejected the service but with Playstation Plus dominating their platforms as their user base’s preferred service it makes sense. EA has typically offered most of their bigger games free on PS+ anyway so it would be useless to pay $30 per year to get these EA games when PS+ will just give them to subscribers anyway.

For example, Battlefield 3 was free to Playstation Plus members on PS3 in July 2013 in the US.

Of course giving the choice to consumers may have been a wiser move by Sony but still, with PS+ the EA Access program starts to look excessive and useless so long as Sony keeps offering quality free titles every month.