Last night EA unveiled a brand new subscription service which gives Xbox players unlimited access to some of EA’s top console titles for as little as £3.99 per month. Though the service is currently in beta, players who gain access will have the choice between Battlefield 4, Madden NFL 25, FIFA 14 and Peggle 2. There’s just one problem for fans of the aforementioned games: The program is only available on Xbox, and there’s a good reason too.
Sony have revealed that they actually turned down the ability for PlayStation players to take advantage of EA’s Access pass, the reason is because they don’t think it’s the “kind of value PlayStation customers have come to expect.”
EA Access not only gives players access to a selection of games for a monthly fee, EA Access subscribers can also take advantage of an additional 10% off EA games and DLC, plus access to games such as Dragon Age: Inquisition, FIFA 15, NHL 15, NFL 15 and NBA Live 15 five days earlier than everyone else. Unfortunately for PlayStation players, Sony doesn’t think it’s good enough value for you.
“We evaluated the EA Access subscription offering and decided that it does not bring the kind of value PlayStation customers have come to expect,” a Sony spokesperson told Game Informer. “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.”
PlayStation Plus is currently required for gamers to access multiplayer on the PlayStation 4, it also offers two free games a month across Sony’s consoles, the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PS Vita, that’s six games that you can get each month for free that’ll remain yours until your PlayStation plus subscription runs out. Not to mention the discounts that PlayStation Plus subscribers receive across the PSN. So if we’re going on value for money, Sony seem to actually be on the right track.
For those hoping to take advantage of EA Access, it’s likely that you’ll also need to shell out for an Xbox Live subscription on top of the £3.99 EA is asking for, so in reality you’re actually looking at paying £9.98 per month to play a selection of EA titles. I think Sony has a point there..
Update: EA has confirmed that you’ll only need an Xbox Live subscription if you plan on playing the games in EA Access online. So if you’re happy to play Battlefield 4 offline then you’ll only have to pay £3.99 per month, if you want to pwn some n00bs however, you’ll have to pay for an Xbox Live subscription which’ll set you back a total of £9.98 per month – read more here.