EA Access seems like it could be a pretty good deal: for $5 a month or $30 a year, you get access to a number titles from EA’s back catalog as well as early access to game demos for titles like Dragon Age: Inquisition up to five days in advance. So why is it an Xbox One exclusive?
It turns out Sony passed on the service, according to an interview with GameInformer.
“We evaluated the EA Access subscription offering and decided that it does not bring the kind of value PlayStation customers have come to expect,” said a Sony spokesperson. “We don’t think asking our fans to pay an additional $5 a month for this EA-specific program represents a good value to the PlayStation gamer.”
The spokesperson said that PlayStation Plus memberships are “up more than 200% since the launch of the PlayStation 4.” With numbers up that high and a successful program that offers PlayStation gamers free games every month, it’s easy to see why the company passed. Microsoft’s Games with Gold program isn’t as successful or as well-regarded, so the company may have felt the additional draw of EA Access was necessary. That, or just the fact that Sony passed on it might’ve been appealing in its own right.
EA Access isn’t going to be a very good value for people who buy games right away, such as BioWare fans or the hardcore FIFA and Madden fans who pick up their games on launch day (regardless of platform), but at $30 for one year, even playing a few games might make it worthwhile for more patient gamers.