Back in 2014 when EA Access was announced, Sony said that it didn’t think the service represented value for money. An annual subscription like PlayStation Plus, the optional membership includes admission to a vault of games which can be downloaded and played as part of a subscription, and also unlocks early access to new releases and various discounts and promotions.
At the time, we argued that the platform holder may be worried about other publishers following suit: one or two additional console subscriptions are fine, but no one wants a device overrun with them. That hasn’t really panned out, and EA Access – with over 50 games available instantly on the Xbox One at the time of writing – certainly can’t be described as a bad deal for its annual $29.99 fee.
This author recently bought FIFA 17 in order to celebrate the start of the Premier League season, and while it was discounted on the PlayStation Store, it cost almost as much as a year’s worth of EA Access – where it’s currently available as part of the subscription. Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2 are also part of the roster – and they’re still relatively new.
Perhaps the weirdest part about all of this is that Star Wars Battlefront 2 and FIFA 18 are both being marketed heavily with PlayStation platform association – but they’ll be playable much earlier elsewhere through EA Access. It’s almost like Sony is spiting itself at this point – alright, it had reservations about the subscription early on, but they’ve mostly been put to bed now.
So is it time for a change? The lack of backward compatibility on the PS4 would reduce the sheer number of software that could be offered as part of a hypothetical EA Access vault on on Sony’s system, but with the discounts and early access, we still reckon it’d be more than worth the price of admission. So, should the Japanese giant change its mind?
Should Sony allow EA Access on PS4? (176 votes)
Yes, the service is clearly good value for money
Meh, I don't really care either way
No, it could set a dangerous precedent for PS4
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