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Sony won't join the EA Access bandwagon

Yesterday, the EA Access subscription service was announced, and it gives gamers access to some older titles for $4.99/month or $29.99 yearly. In addition to unlimited play for relatively few games (EA says that more titles are incoming), subscribers also receive early access to game demos, and a 10 percent discount on EA digital content.
 
It looks as though we’ve received our answer as to whether Sony will be partnering with Electronic Arts to offer EA Access on the PlayStation 4. And that answer would be “No”.
 
A representative for Sony contacted Game Informer to downplay the service, saying that “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.”

 
The wording of the full statement suggests that EA Access was also pitched to Sony, but it decided that PlayStation Plus is a better solution for gamers.
 
“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.”
 
So for now, it looks as though EA Access will remain an Xbox One exclusive. 

Source: Game Informer



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EA does not bring value?
By retrospooty on 7/30/2014 9:52:06 AM , Rating: 4
Duh, that is like saying Herpes doesn't bring value to sex.




RE: EA does not bring value?
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 7/30/2014 9:58:07 AM , Rating: 2
Great, just the thought I wanted running through my mind this early in the morning...


RE: EA does not bring value?
By retrospooty on 7/30/2014 10:08:45 AM , Rating: 5
You are welcome... You can say you got that from me.

OK, n/m I see it now.


RE: EA does not bring value?
By FITCamaro on 7/30/2014 10:10:11 AM , Rating: 2
This deserves a 6.


RE: EA does not bring value?
By Spuke on 7/30/2014 10:45:20 AM , Rating: 2
I see what you did there.


RE: EA does not bring value?
By GulWestfale on 7/30/2014 2:47:32 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
I see what you did there.


"i see what you did there" = i am intelligent enough to have understood your joke, and i feel that i must share this incredible achievement with the world. my mom was right: i am special.


RE: EA does not bring value?
By Reclaimer77 on 7/30/2014 3:48:47 PM , Rating: 1
Way to NOT be a dick.

Oh by the way, that was sarcasm. Did you see what I did there?


RE: EA does not bring value?
By retrospooty on 7/30/2014 4:36:19 PM , Rating: 2
I see what you did there


RE: EA does not bring value?
By Alexvrb on 7/31/2014 11:25:11 PM , Rating: 1
Hey now, you leave GulWestfail alone! Being a dick is his special purpose.


RE: EA does not bring value?
By Tunnah on 7/30/2014 7:50:34 PM , Rating: 2
"I see what you did there" is the internet's version of a knowing smile and nod. You'd have to be *such* a douche to slag someone off for using it


RE: EA does not bring value?
By nikon133 on 7/30/2014 5:07:24 PM , Rating: 2
Unless he is bragging ;)


RE: EA does not bring value?
By Samus on 7/31/2014 1:15:43 AM , Rating: 3
Back on topic, Herpes isn't as bad as people think. It's like HIV. All the sudden your options open up.


RE: EA does not bring value?
By bah12 on 7/30/2014 11:26:06 AM , Rating: 2
Exactly, this subscription is for "some games" not all EA games. Plus screw EA worst game company bar none.


RE: EA does not bring value?
By bah12 on 7/30/2014 11:31:15 AM , Rating: 2
Just to clarify this is from another article.
quote:
Play First – Membership in EA Access lets you experience trials of new EA games up to five days before the release date.* It starts with Madden NFL 15, NHL 15, FIFA 15, NBA LIVE 15, and Dragon Age: Inquisition, but more are on the way. If you decide to buy the game, your progress will carry over so you can pick up right where you left off.

Read between the lines. You get to play the new stuff first, but if you think this $30/year access gets you that game on launch day you're wrong. All it is is a sample of the crack so you buy the game, then a year later you get it for "free".

Sure during the launch you will get access to the somewhat newer stuff, but don't expect that next game season. Think netflix, one or 2 newer movies, but no where near day 1 DVD release equivalent.


RE: EA does not bring value?
By ianweck on 7/30/2014 3:16:16 PM , Rating: 2
No need to read between the lines. It says right there, "if you decide to buy the game".


Doesn't sound logical
By karimtemple on 7/30/2014 10:04:17 AM , Rating: 2
As stupid as EA Access sounds, there's bound to be people who want it. So it really doesn't make that much sense to just say "no" when it's optional in the first place. Who are you protecting? People who can't say no?




RE: Doesn't sound logical
By FITCamaro on 7/30/2014 10:10:42 AM , Rating: 2
There are cases where it's appropriate to protect stupid people from themselves.


RE: Doesn't sound logical
By inighthawki on 7/30/2014 11:13:33 AM , Rating: 2
Yet going off the argument we had not two days ago, we should let the people decide whether or not the product/service is worth the value they are paying. So why prevent them from doing so? What harm is it to Sony if I wanted to pay $5 a month or $30 a year to play BF4 or Madden '14?


RE: Doesn't sound logical
By FITCamaro on 7/30/2014 12:02:14 PM , Rating: 2
Dude learn to take a joke.

I really don't care if Sony allows this or not. Ultimately it's their console though so they can control it however they want. Or do you want to start a discussion about how Sony should be forced by the government to bend to those who might want this' will.


RE: Doesn't sound logical
By inighthawki on 7/30/2014 12:07:50 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Dude learn to take a joke.

Then make it sound like a joke

quote:
Or do you want to start a discussion about how Sony should be forced by the government to bend to those who might want this' will.

Why on Earth would I want that?


RE: Doesn't sound logical
By geekman1024 on 7/30/2014 8:54:52 PM , Rating: 2
A joke is not a joke if it sounds like a joke.


RE: Doesn't sound logical
By CyCl0n3 on 7/30/2014 10:21:02 AM , Rating: 2
... except if u didnt get the offer, so you basically couldnt even say yes. If it was a Microsoft / XBO exclusive from the beginning, then this answer fits right into the typical PR scheme. ;)


RE: Doesn't sound logical
By TheDoc9 on 7/30/2014 12:51:31 PM , Rating: 2
Quality control. Plus they don't want to open the flood gates from other companies.


RE: Doesn't sound logical
By artemicion on 7/30/2014 3:24:43 PM , Rating: 2
It's likely that EA wanted money from Sony for the service or that Microsoft paid EA money to make the service an XB1 exclusive or that EA approached both companies for bids on how much they'd pay for the exclusive rights and Microsoft offered more than Sony.

Sony didn't mention this in their PR statement because they did not want to send a message to its fans that it withheld a service from PS4 owners because they didn't want to pay for it.


I'll pass
By HoosierEngineer5 on 7/30/2014 10:14:22 AM , Rating: 2
In now way will I buy software that requires the manufacturer to 'grant' me persmission to use it. Now, they want me to PAY them to use it.

I have easily saved many hundreds, likely thousands of dollars by just 'saying no' to internet-locked software. Now, where is that CD of Starcraft...




RE: I'll pass
By inighthawki on 7/30/2014 11:09:31 AM , Rating: 2
If you want to get technical, every piece of software you've ever purchased is exactly that - A license that "grants" you the permission to use it. Although there's nothing that can stop you from doing so, they technically have the right at any time to tell everyone they can no longer play the game.


RE: I'll pass
By HoosierEngineer5 on 7/30/2014 3:41:53 PM , Rating: 2
They would have to watch me every minute. Kinda like the internet allows them to do.


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