EA Access “Netflix for games” may be dead in the water

Jul 30, 2014
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EA Access “Netflix for games” may be dead in the water

Though it’s being launched for Xbox One this week with much fanfare, Sony’s response to EA Games initiative with all-you-can-eat gaming may have dire implications. Apparently EA went to Sony as well at Microsoft about EA Access and only Microsoft said yes. Sony decided the program wasn’t worth the hassle.

A Sony representative let it be known this week with GameInformer that they had "evaluated the EA Access subscription offering and decided that it does not bring the kind of value PlayStation customers have come to expect." Harsh.

Sony went on to note that "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." In other words - Sony doesn’t want PS4 users to have to pay more than one subscription fee for gaming in general.

"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," suggested the Sony representative.

But what about Netflix? How about Hulu? Is this different? Have a peek at our original EA Access article for more details.


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