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#1 Ironman273

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 19:14

Sony rejected EA Access for the PS4 because it's not worth the money
BY JAMIE RIGG
 

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EA revealed its new Access subscription service for the Xbox One yesterday, which lets you play a bunch of EA titles, take advantage of discounts and get upcoming games early in exchange for a small monthly (or yearly) fee. While it might've looked like a platform-exclusive partnership with Microsoft, Game Informer has learned that Sony actively rejected EA Access for the PlayStation 4. "We evaluated the EA Access subscription offering and decided that it does not bring the kind of value PlayStation customers have come to expect," Sony said, adding that the success of PS Plus "shows that gamers are looking for memberships that offer a multitude of services, across various devices, for one low price." And, just in case we hadn't got the message, Sony's statement concluded: "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."

 

It appears, then, that Sony would rather not support a service of questionable value than leave that decision up to PS4 owners. As we said yesterday, Access doesn't seem particularly overpriced, especially if you're a fan of EA's sports game franchises -- you can always drop $5/£4 for a month, grab a discount code, try out the new FIFA early, and revisit an old title to while away a weekend without any long-term commitment. But perhaps Sony would rather those gamers get acquainted with the PS Now rental model instead.

 

Source: Engadget




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Posted 30 July 2014 - 19:22

Unless it turns out to be a big success and then they'll look to add it in if they can, or make a deal with some other publisher.



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Posted 30 July 2014 - 19:31

Unless it turns out to be a big success and then they'll look to add it in if they can, or make a deal with some other publisher.

Pretty much - Sony hates the idea of being a guinea pig for the first efforts of publishers it doesn't own; however, it is perfectly willing to do so itself.



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Posted 30 July 2014 - 19:35

I'm still waiting for the catch on this...it's $30 for a year and I get access to Madden, Battlefield and Fifa, all games that I would buy, but have not because I didn't want to spend $180 on games. So, for $30 a year, I can play them as much as I want, sure I can't keep them but new versions of each of those games come out next year that I would have wanted to buy, but didnt.

 

It seems like a way to save a lot of money.



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Posted 30 July 2014 - 19:37

Good on Sony.. EA produces a lot of crap to begin with. Keep their stuff far far away if they can. 

 

Remember Sony is also the company that doesn't make you pay a fee to use services on their consoles.. like Netflix, the Web Browser, etc. Unlike MS where you need XBL to do anything on your console aside from single player.



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Posted 30 July 2014 - 19:46

Ryoken, on 30 Jul 2014 - 12:37, said:Ryoken, on 30 Jul 2014 - 12:37, said:Ryoken, on 30 Jul 2014 - 12:37, said:

Good on Sony.. EA produces a lot of crap to begin with. Keep their stuff far far away if they can. 

 

Remember Sony is also the company that doesn't make you pay a fee to use services on their consoles.. like Netflix, the Web Browser, etc. Unlike MS where you need XBL to do anything on your console aside from single player.

 

Except you don't need gold to access services anymore....

 

Sony is also the company pushing a very overpriced rental service of their own right now, so I'm guessing that's the conflict. Why pay $30 for a year of Battlefield, FIFA, Madden, and others when you can pay $30 for 90 days of one Final Fantasy game?



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Posted 30 July 2014 - 19:49

It could be that Microsoft is subsidising the cost, and Sony didn't want to.   It would probably indicate why its priced quite low.



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Posted 30 July 2014 - 19:58

Good on Sony.. EA produces a lot of crap to begin with. Keep their stuff far far away if they can. 

 

Remember Sony is also the company that doesn't make you pay a fee to use services on their consoles.. like Netflix, the Web Browser, etc. Unlike MS where you need XBL to do anything on your console aside from single player.

 

 

Your statement lets me know that you are out of the loop...

 

 

 

On another note.  I'm not the biggest EA fan at all.  They are some sneaky folks over there.  But $30 for a full year is a steal.



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Posted 30 July 2014 - 20:03

Good move by Sony.



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Posted 30 July 2014 - 21:41

This gives me a bit of a laugh, good for Sony, yeah, good on them possibly missing out on another thing that could give the competition an advantage *golf clap*. 

 

You guys think the other big publishers aren't keeping on eye on this to see how it turns out and aren't thinking about calling up MS and jumping on if it does?  At what point does the "it's EA and they suck" type excuses stop working?   Just look at how things have been going so far, EA starts it's own PC store, origin, now Ubisoft has it's own as well, UPlay,  just following right behind.  I have no doubt at all Ubisoft won't follow EA on this as well if it works out for EA, no doubt at all.  After that, as close as MS and Activision have been all these years, hell, why not bring them in to?  

 

So yeah, Good for Sony, at least they'll have their own, expensive, service to charge you to "rent" games as long as you want. 



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Posted 30 July 2014 - 21:46

I'm still waiting for the catch on this...it's $30 for a year and I get access to Madden, Battlefield and Fifa, all games that I would buy, but have not because I didn't want to spend $180 on games. So, for $30 a year, I can play them as much as I want, sure I can't keep them but new versions of each of those games come out next year that I would have wanted to buy, but didnt.

 

It seems like a way to save a lot of money.

 

 

Because I bet you're in the minority who consider buying the same game, Fifa, Madden, each year over and over.  From their point of view they probably expect to bring in way more people on this ongoing subscription easier instead of trying to sell them next years sports game again.   And it's a clear deal, specially if you're big on those and want to keep playing the newer one.  It's all about the numbers and what they expect, costs are down as well, it's all digital and they're cutting out the resellers and lenders, can't do any of that so more for EA. 

 

Only time will tell but if I was big on most of the games I expect they'll have on there then I'd sign up for $30 in a flash.



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Posted 30 July 2014 - 21:47

I honestly don't understand how this could work in EAs favor in the first place yet.



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Posted 30 July 2014 - 22:20

If your with Playstation plus in some point you will get these games for free for live, paying $5 a month isnt for me.



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Posted 30 July 2014 - 22:29

Good on Sony.. EA produces a lot of crap to begin with. Keep their stuff far far away if they can. 

 

Remember Sony is also the company that doesn't make you pay a fee to use services on their consoles.. like Netflix, the Web Browser, etc. Unlike MS where you need XBL to do anything on your console aside from single player.

 

Peggle 2 is good.

 

Also, unless you've been sleeping under a rock lately, you don't need to pay to use those services on Xbox either (except for multiplayer, but I think you have to pay for that on PS4 now too).



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Posted 30 July 2014 - 22:36

I'm still waiting for the catch on this...it's $30 for a year and I get access to Madden, Battlefield and Fifa, all games that I would buy, but have not because I didn't want to spend $180 on games. So, for $30 a year, I can play them as much as I want, sure I can't keep them but new versions of each of those games come out next year that I would have wanted to buy, but didnt.

 

It seems like a way to save a lot of money.

The "catch" is clearly that it will only offer older EA games when retail sales of that game are essentially negligible to the company. So for EA they will probably get more revenue because people probably would never buy the games at full or even discounted price after a certain point. So I wouldn't expect Battlefield Hardline to be added until the next Battlefield has already been released. Sport games will probably be released earlier before the new versions come out and in between they will have some smaller games like Peggle.