Yesterday, we reported that Microsoft had scored a deal with publisher Electronic Arts to bring Xbox Live members on Xbox One EA Access, an exclusive subscription service costing $5 a month or $30 a year that comes loaded with benefits like full game access and early game trials. Today, we learned that Sony, on the other hand, doesn’t think it holds good value for their customers.
In an E-mail sent to GameInformer, Sony says “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.”
Our Take – It seems a bit parental of Sony to decide what’s good for its own customers. Gamers might not always make use of certain features at first, but if there ever comes the time, it’s always nice to have it available from the get-go.
Plans can always change down the road, but for now, PlayStation users will have to hang tight. Are you a PlayStation owner? Do you think you could have made use of EA’s new service?
EA Access is now in beta for Xbox One update preview members.