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Sony Explains Why They Passed On EA Access Program

If you haven't heard, Electronic Arts recently announced a new Netflix-style program for Xbox One.

It's called EA Access, and for $5/month, gamers have unlimited access to a library of EA games. At the time of the announcement, many were surprised to hear that it wasn't coming to PlayStation platforms.

Now, Sony has explained to Game Informer why they opted to pass on 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."

Sony believes their fans are more interested in subscription plans that only grant access to a wide range of services, such as PlayStation Plus. Those memberships are up more than 200 percent since the launch of the PS4, the Sony representative stated, and added: "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."

Okay, we'll go with that. But it should be mentioned that Plus is required to get online with the PS4, while it never was with the PS3. Obviously, that will result in more memberships, yes? That being said, I don't need EA Access, either, so I don't feel like I'm missing out.

Tags: ea access, electronic arts access, playstation, sony

7/30/2014 11:22:21 AM Ben Dutka

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MeXiCaNFiGhTe12
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 @ 11:44:19 AM
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They just don't want competition in my opinion. :(

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Bonampak
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 @ 12:14:16 PM

And you want that kind of competition?

Let's say that you are subscribed to Netflix.

Now imagine that one of the many companies that offers TV shows on that service, begun asking Netflix to charge costumers an additional subscription fee to enjoy their shows.

And as soon as Netflix allowed that, all the other companies would demand the same deal. You wanna watch Disney programming? Pay a $5 subscription fee. You wanna watch movies from Fox or DreamWorks? Pay another $5 dlls. to each company.

Now... how do you think Netflix costumers would react to all that nonsense?

Sony was in the right here. Besides, EA is infamous for just looking after itself, not its costumers.

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slow and smart
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 @ 2:43:26 PM

" Besides, EA is infamous for just looking after itself, not its costumers. "
Right on,EA and MS deserve each other!

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Cesar_ser_4
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 @ 3:42:24 PM

@Bonampak

It doesn't sound to me like a Netflix add-on, it sounds more like oh I don't know HBOGo maybe? It is a valid and fair form of competition in my book because it is a new service. And for Sony reject the service sounds like an ISP not wanting Netflix to deter any customers from their own service. Hmm, I wonder if this has to also be regulated as a utility hehehe.

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Nynja
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 @ 11:57:04 AM
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As much as I may not fully believe Sony's statement, their policies actually back it up. Sony does not require PS+ subscription to play MMO games or access any streaming media services that have their own monthly subscription.

Even then, I'm sure the real reason is profit margins not looking nearly as great on the PS4 with this service. Sony could lose out on millions in license fees on new games sold and this is where most of the profits come from for the console manufacturer...

Also, has anyone looked at the ToS? EA reserves the right to pull games from EA Access at anytime. Where as PS+ free games remain yours until subscription ends.

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KingRD7
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 @ 12:00:29 PM
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Look i like sony but the whole "not good value" thing is BS. Sony knows good and well that they dont want EA's service because Playstation Now is going to drop soon and sony doesnt want players going to EA's service for a waaaay better price. So of course, why would they want the competition? So bam, there ya go. In all honesty though, i believe that gamers should make their own choice as to what service they should subscribe to. Just taking the option away completely is a bit.....not sony. Like wtf? Like i dont care for the EA's service that much, but atleast give them the option.

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kraygen
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 @ 1:14:41 PM
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I would have to see what EA games were available before making up my mind, but I doubt that I'd pay $5 a month for a netflix style game service, what if you're in the middle of playing the mass effect trilogy and they removed it to add something new. No thanks.

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wiiplay [Administrator]
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 @ 1:29:23 PM

That's a risk I'd be willing to take, considering that it's only $5 / month.

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SirLoin of Beef
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 @ 1:49:21 PM

In the beta, the four games that are available are BF4, FIFA 14, Madden 25, and Peggle 2.

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SirLoin of Beef
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 @ 1:51:39 PM

Also, I don't think it works like Netflix in that regard. As long as the game is on your hard drive and your subscription is active, you can play the game from the way I understand it.

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SirLoin of Beef
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 @ 1:35:14 PM
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It's available right now for $29.95/year. I'm not sure if that's going to be available after the beta but I think that's a decent deal.

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wiiplay [Administrator]
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 @ 1:37:25 PM
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So, does this basically make the Xbox One the go-to platform for sport fanatics?

I mean, if you're going to buy a $60 sport game every year anyways, you may as well subscribe to the EA Access thing, and get multiple sporting games for the same yearly price.

So, I can see the value here. Bummer that it isn't coming to the PS4, and I don't exactly agree with Sony's reasoning behind not allowing it. They're just trying to eliminate the competition to PS Plus.


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Temjin001
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 @ 1:52:45 PM
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I really would've liked to have played Madden 15 for a couple months for just $10.

Thanks Sony. thanks for making up my mind for me with your elitist comment.

... and don't pat yourself on the back too much with PS Plus. Forcing gamers to pay to play any game that isn't already free isn't something to be so proud of.

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Darwin1967
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 @ 2:11:56 PM
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I see Sony's point....as they are putting up their own streaming gaming platform. EA is attempting to cut them off at the pass. Sony is basically protecting themselves for the time being, although eventually I'm sure they will bring EA pass online once Sony's established a sound consumer base for their streaming service. Yes it should be up to the customer, but it seems like we're going to be inundated with nickel and diming by companies once the flood gates open....kinda like having to pay airlines for the privilege of a pillow or the ability to bring luggage on a trip.

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Temjin001
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 @ 2:19:11 PM

A streaming gaming service is hardly competition for this. PS Now is for the casuals. Or the new Sony PS4 gamer who doesn't have a PS3.
And if we're speaking of "good value" we can just look at the pricing Sony has for PS Now games. Wait. That's terrible value. A person is better off buying a used PS3 somewhere and taking a trip to Gamestop and grabbing up used games. Games for far less than the PS Now stuff.

yah, yah, I know it's beta but I suspect this pricing model isn't about to change soon.

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Deleted User
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 @ 4:03:06 PM
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They want to keep their sheep and Kool Aid drinkers in the dark to a service that seems to be a better value to the consumer. Seems unnecessary since there seems to be a bunch of goofballs who are always ok with anything Sony does anti consumer as long as it helps the Sony machine in some way. Sad and pathetic.

To have access to games like Brutal Legend, Shadows of the Damned, Dantes Inferno, Dead Space, Alice: The Madness Returns, and Portal 2 for an Honest Abe a month is pretty tempting.

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Underdog15
Thursday, July 31, 2014 @ 10:04:06 AM

Are you suggesting a business might try to justify why it's fees add value worth having?

The nerve of them, eh!?

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Corvo
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 @ 4:18:59 PM
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Not affected Bloodborne.

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surfer
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 @ 10:26:55 PM
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I think it depends how many néw games will be included in this. For example, will madden 15 and Dragon Age be a part of it but at what time after they are released. Still at 2.50 a month ($30/year) gaining excess to games five days early and playing those games for at least two hours with the ability to save progress...pretty cool deal for Xbox owners I must say.

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Beamboom
Thursday, July 31, 2014 @ 1:33:34 AM
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Even the most avid Sony fan realize that this has everything to do with competition and Sonys own services, and nothing to do with "value" - cause the value of this service is all in the eye of the beholder.

SO obviously much so, that I think it's stupid of Sony to try and explain it like this. If anything it only makes Sony fans a bit more cautious with *other* things Sony claim as well.

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SirLoin of Beef
Thursday, July 31, 2014 @ 9:16:18 PM

Indeed Beamboom. Sony just should've come out and said they didn't want the competition. The 'value' reasoning is a silly one.

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Rachet_JC_FTW
Friday, August 01, 2014 @ 6:14:15 AM
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oh my goodness i just an't bear this from EA just another money grab i mean its not like PS Now with sony they acutally make the console all EA does is make games and battlefield premium was bad enough and now this i am not having a bar of it

happy gaming

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SolidusKaz
Friday, August 01, 2014 @ 5:20:12 PM
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Psx comment section has some of the most annoying whining gamers found on the web! EA have no problem destroying the game industry for a quick buck, and look who's in their corner Microsoft! These are the same to company's trying to sell demo's to the Xbox community a month ago!?

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