Electronic Arts surprised gamers with a subscription service for Xbox One yesterday, but Sony is less than impressed with the offering. EA Access lets Xbox One owners play titles like FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2, and Battlefield 4 for just $4.99 a month, or $29.99 per year. Despite what seems like a good deal, with more games coming soon, Sony claims the program is not good value for PlayStation 4 owners. "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 spokesperson told Game Informer. "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."
Sony appears to be sticking to its own PlayStation Plus offer that includes two games a month to subscribers on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita. Microsoft’s own Games with Gold program is now similarly matched with two games a month for Xbox One and Xbox 360 owners. It’s clear EA’s Access program is good value even if you simply want to play a few old titles for a month, and get early access to an upcoming game demo or save 10 percent off an EA game in the Xbox One store. Perhaps what Sony really means is it's not good value for it as a company, and Microsoft's "partnership" likely means it accepted a deal that Sony wasn't willing to. Either way, Sony doesn’t agree it's a good deal so don’t expect to see EA Access arrive on the PlayStation 4 any time soon.