Almost as soon as the new EA/Xbox One platform was announced – EA Access – Sony fired back with a subtle comment. It was strange for EA Access to be 100% exclusive to Xbox, thus GameInformer reached out to the Japanese company. In a response, Sony offered some alternate views of the new game platform:
We evaluated the EA Access subscription offering and decided that it does not bring the kind of value PlayStation customers have come to expect…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.1
This response is telling of the overall relationship between Microsoft and Sony. It is quite clear that both companies have a disdain for the other. Anyhow, this seems like a missed opportunity for Sony. Further, this could simply be a precursor to some sort of EA inclusion in PS Plus. It is hard to say, but I am sure we will have some update soon.
- Mike Futter GameInformer, “Sony: EA Access Doesn’t ‘Represent Good Value To The PlayStation Gamer’,”on July 30, 2014 ▲