Electronic Arts and Xbox recently teamed up to provide gamers with a monthly subscription service that provides access to a variety of EA titles. Some circles ended up wondering why the same sort of service wasn’t also announced for the PlayStation 4; as EA also releases games for the console. It turns out that Sony turned down the offer because they didn’t think it was a good deal for anyone.
“We evaluated the EA Access subscription offering and decided that it does not bring the kind of value PlayStation customers have come to expect,” a Sony representative told Game Informer. “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.”
It makes sense that PlayStation would decline this sort of thing as most gamers will have a PlayStation Plus subscription that already provides access to free games, albeit titles that are a couple of years old. This subscription already covers PS3, PS4, and PS Vita games, and has a lot more than just EA titles. It is unlikely that an of their existing customers would want to pay an extra US$5 a month just to play more FIFA. In fact, it is unlikely that Xbox One users would want to do the same.
[Source: Game Informer]