Announced yesterday, EA Access is a subscription service where you'll get free access to a back catalogue of EA titles plus discounts off new games and early demos for a monthly or yearly fee.
Currently, EA Access is only set to be available on Xbox One. So why no PS4?
Gameinformer asked Sony PlayStation this very question. And the company was very forthcoming about it.
Firstly, it seems that PlayStation were in talks with EA about taking on the Access service, apparently something they want to offer exclusively to next gen players. They took a look and simply weren't impressed with the potential of what it was offering for their customers:
"We evaluated the EA Access subscription offering and decided that it does not bring the kind of value PlayStation customers have come to expect." Their justification had to do with the generous service already offered by PS Plus.
"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. 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.”
Fair words then, if unusually open. PS Plus already has the product line up and the momentum, as well as access to millions of players across three popular platforms. With constant sales and discounts, its easy to see why people are flocking to Plus.
EA could still make a success of Access - it's cheap at 30 quid a year and discounts are always welcome. The real kicker will be the quality of the free games offered up and perhaps an attempt to keep online prices more competitive.
EA Access is in Beta now and some players are currently testing it. We'll have news on a global launch soon.