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Sony Doesn't Dislike EA Access, They "Need To Position It"

The new subscription service from Electronic Arts, dubbed EA Access, won't be coming to the PlayStation 4 any time soon.

Is it because Sony just doesn't like the program? No, it's because it doesn't match Sony's goals for the PlayStation platform at this particular time. They'd need to "position" EA Access in the future so it fits in better, so said PlayStation Europe boss Jim Ryan in a recent Metro interview:

"We don't have anything against EA Access, we just need to position it. These sort of offerings they've got to fit into the framework of everything we do and everything that we offer. And we're just not quite comfortable with how it sits within the whole ecosystem of our digital offering, including PlayStation Plus."

Sony has previously stated the EA Access didn't offer PlayStation owners the value they've come to expect. For $5/month or $30/year, EA's subscription plans gives you permanent access to The Vault, and also offers discounts on digital content. Ryan notes that the monthly payment "adds up" over time and he maintains that PlayStation Plus is still a better option:

"We've got PlayStation Plus and we feel that offers our consumers the best value in terms of a subscription offer."

I'll agree with that.

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

8/19/2014 11:23:18 AM Ben Dutka

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Temjin001
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 @ 11:33:12 AM
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http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-08-19-tomb-raider-vitas-no-show-and-the-mystery-of-10m-ps4-sales

The big boss at Sony stated also that they didn't like what a service like that could turn into if all publishers started jumping on board.

He also talks about the Last Guardian and Vita in the article. It's worth a read.

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sawao_yamanaka
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 @ 9:33:37 PM

Temjin, did you hear that ubisoft is looking into this as well? I heard activision is planning something similar. Guess sony was right on the nose with this.

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Akuma_
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 @ 1:38:57 AM

I really don't like the passive aggressive tone that the interviewer takes with Shuhei.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 @ 11:37:02 AM
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No sense undermining your own service with EA's devilish ideas.

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Temjin001
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 @ 11:39:44 AM

MS and EA might as well merge and become MESA (Micro Electronic Soft Arts)

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Masszt3r
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 @ 11:57:10 AM

@Temjin That would make Satan himself.

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Akuma_
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 @ 7:58:08 PM

EA Access could also set a precedence for other publishers to do this.

Eventually all pubs will release their games as part of subscription services.

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FatherSun
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 @ 9:37:22 PM

More MESS than MESA!

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surfer
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 @ 12:08:34 PM
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Bottom line is good for consumers at $30 a year. Get to play games before they are even released and save your progress.

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Karosso
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 @ 12:24:30 PM
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Oh Sure, because PSN + is soo much better...
Give me a F'ing break Sony, after you forced PSN+ on PS4 users you completely butchered the service; that was a nasty move.
Too bad people did not speak with their wallets and started dumping the service just like it happened to Netflix a while back.

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Temjin001
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 @ 12:26:31 PM

No one cared that PS online play went pay to play because everyone was more concerned about what PS4 wasn't going to be in contrast to XO.
It was like the perfect storm to slip in the jab.

EDIT: I mean really, in hindsight it was just so amazing how that move slipped right on by while everyone was so distracted. If news like that came during normal gamer news days, people would've been so angry and posting Sony hate everywhere.

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Karosso
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 @ 12:36:00 PM

Exactly right. If MS had not completely destroyed their chances from the start, I think the outcry for that would have been enough for Sony to retract it. As it went down they got away with murder, plain and simple.
If they had only forced the service on us but kept the games quantity and quality as it was I would not mind, but they did not better than MS with the PSN+ move :-(

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Akuma_
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 @ 7:55:53 PM

Well I don't think it is 100% because of what Microsoft did, I think part of it is the fact that this was something that Sony announced was going to be a part of the Playstation 4 platform.

So it wasn't Sony saying "all PS3 players will need to get PS+". It was something that players could say well ahead of time "Okay so when I get a PS4 I have to get PS+".

There was definitely still lots of people bitching about it, but for the most part people understood the reason why Sony were doing it. Also the fact that Microsoft had been doing it for an entire generation softened the blow considerably, as most cross-platform owners were already doing it.

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surfer
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 @ 12:36:43 PM
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For sports fans Madden 15 for EA Access users will have 6 hours with the full game before it is released...very cool...I wonder what they will do for Dragon Age

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Temjin001
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 @ 12:46:47 PM

That's it. Today is officially Xbox One day for me.

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FatherSun
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 @ 9:41:02 PM

@ temjin001

XB1 day?

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TomBradySucks
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 @ 2:00:13 PM
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I actually really like the idea of this service. Especially because EA says that once a game is in the "Vault" (the games available to play if you're a subscriber) it stays there. Meaning this service is only going to get more valuable as time goes on (assuming prices stay the same). It's a shame Sony isn't integrating it into the PS4.

And I'm not entirely sure why they keep comparing it to PSPlus. Plus is a requirement at this point for online gaming. A better comparison would be PSNow. Those beta prices tho....ugh

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Nynja
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 @ 2:05:17 PM
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If you look at the offerings when comparing EA Access and PS Now; EA Access is a far better deal in my opinion. I have never liked a company telling me what is fun, what isn't fun, and how I should spend my money. That sort of attitude will earn you nothing from me.

Something about the new Sony I don’t like...and Shawn Layden.

When I found out who was the new SCEA president and watched him on the E3 stage, I began to regret my PS4 purchase. My first impression of him from E3 was not very pleasant. His stage presence is extremely off-putting. The attitude coming off him reeks of an old complacent Sony many gamers grew to dislike from the later PS2 early PS3 days. He comes across an egotistical, pompous ass. Kind of like Reggie Fils-Aime. “We know what gamers want. We know what is fun.”

Drop. That. Attitude. Because, they don’t.

From afar, I look at Xbox and PlayStation brands’ leadership to draw an overall picture of who offers the better ecosystem for my business. Obviously when MS announced their original plans for their new console, they angered many gamers, including myself. Over the past year, with new leadership, new outlook, the proposition is looking much better. Under the fresh mind of Phil Spencer, Xbox brand has been saved.

I see Phil Spencer and I see a gamer.
I see Shawn Layden and I see a suit.

I find myself more interested in Xbox One because of Shawn Layden.

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Temjin001
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 @ 2:13:42 PM

are you posting from a Mac or iOS device?

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surfer
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 @ 2:16:15 PM

PS4 is far ahead of Xbox One in terms of console sales as we all know; however, Xbox is much better with daily updates and this EA Access service is a nice addition and although some don't agree with it..so is Rise of Tomb Raider.

Sony has some awesome indie games coming in 2015 and some great exclusives as well but so does Xbox for this holiday and next.

Hey if you can't afford both or you are not willing to..have to look at pros and cons of each console.

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Nynja
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 @ 2:31:21 PM

@Temjin...no. Copied from a post I left on the blog >.< oops.

@surfer...I'm fully versed in all the current and upcoming features as well as hardware specifications of both consoles. I was once not even interested in the Xbox One due to policies MS wanted to institute. After changes in management, kinect requirements, and policies Xbox One looks to be a better deal today than a year ago.

What I am saying is; Sony is starting to sound like the old company many gamers abandoned during and after PS2 era. If they keep up that sort of attitude, I won't be nearly as supportive of their products.

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Masszt3r
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 @ 2:46:39 PM

PS Now's deals aren't attractive right now, but I wouldn't say EA Access is "a far better deal", in my opinion.

The vault idea is cool because that means that the service will eventually have a lot of games, but you don't know how often these will be available or how long the vault will be updated... or even if the games will be of high quality. The idea of getting games early is nice, but that's it, just nice. I still have the gift of patience, so that perk does little to nothing for me.

I personally don't like the idea of paying yet another subscription for one of the most evil companies in the world. Dragon Age is basically the only IP that I like from EA ever since the disappointing change in style of Dead Space, the bugfest that is Battlefield and the currently dormant Mass Effect.

Also, while I do agree Spencer is doing a better job than any previous MS exec, MS still has a lot to do to actually the Xbox brand. He's still a guy in a suit that wants to make a profit for his company, just like Yoshida, Tretton, Fils-Aime or any other top rank exec, and there's nothing wrong with that.

I don't see where you get the part of "I have never liked a company telling me what is fun, what isn't fun, and how I should spend my money. That sort of attitude will earn you nothing from me." Don't all companies pretty much tell you that their product is better? This isn't limited to Sony if you are implying that that is what they are doing.

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Akuma_
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 @ 7:59:07 PM

I would definitely not say that EA Access is a better offering.

PS+ is responsible for the majority of my gaming last gen. Also, EA Access is limited to EA games, where as PS+ has no limitation.

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sawao_yamanaka
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 @ 9:43:07 PM

Two word shuhei yoshida. Done, don't care about Shawn and spencer sounds like a tool. I'll stick with sony thanks.

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Akuma_
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 @ 7:58:57 PM

All of the Microsoft executives come off as ass kissing morons.

So.

Also, if you think he is a pompous ass, trying looking for his ALS ice bucket challenge video, pompous asses don't do stuff like that.

Try not to be such a judgement jerk, just because some guy didn't give you the right feeling the first time he was on stage in front of tens of thousands of people, doesn't mean a fucking damn thing!

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surfer
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 @ 2:51:05 PM
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@Masszt3r: you wrote "I personally don't like the idea of paying yet another subscription for one of the most evil companies in the world."

95% of gamers will stay pay and not care about ethics though. It is about gaming period.

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Beamboom
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 @ 4:32:24 PM

Why don't you use the reply feature?

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Rings0fUranus
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 @ 6:11:37 PM
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The only "position" EA understands is the gamer bent over on their hands and knees, with a tear rolling down their cheek, quaking with fear at what inevitably will come. I imagine EA as something as a morbidly obese, sweaty, balding man with a moustache/stubbly beard combo, stains on their shirt, smoking a broken cigar. As they walk in the room they smile and flash their yellowed, crooked teeth and say
"We heard you didn't like season passes".
As they stroke the gamers cheek from behind, that lone tear is met with a cascade of shaking sobs.
"We're still not making a new Road Rash."
Fin.

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DemonNeno
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 @ 8:08:20 PM
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I'm not convinced that Sony is heading in the right direction. While PS+ benefited the PS3 with numerous freebies, the PS4 is getting stagnant stuff that really has yet to impress me by any means. Very weak. PS Now is a joke. A bad one, at that. I'm still completely confused by their direction with the service. I get that it allows me to play previous gen console games, but the monetary and graphical sacrifice isn't a bargain... At all. Zilch.

That said, I'm not very fond of EA or their service. In fact, it seems like a disservice to developers having their games up for such little money. They aren't producing freeware, ya know. At $30/yr,theres little to offer devs other than a surefire way to go bankrupt. I foresee their future partnerships thinning like so many men's hairline.

Most are being jaded by their own cheapness and forgetting that the balance of monetary value to game worthiness is inevitably the best reason to develop games. I'm not seeing that balance with such memberships. Especially when new(er) games are thrown into the mix.

EA is trying to corner Sony with their offering by stripping consumers of their demos. Further, this whole 6hrs of game is proof that they're going to ride out what they can out of the deal while crippling the program in comparison to their ticket pass or whatever it was called.

Whatever. I don't really care about the gimmicky services that'll turn for the worst after enough money is made. Don't see this being a good thing for anyone involved, despite how tempting the cheap pricing may seem.

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