After 5 years of waiting, PlayStation 4 owners will also be able to stream Electronic Arts titles. Here's how it works and how much it costs
EA Access, Electronic Arts' subscription-based online gaming service for Microsoft Xbox One (and also for PC, via Origin Access), also lands on PlayStation 4. It was announced by EA, also specifying the prices of the subscription and the date from which you can subscribe to EA Access and start playing all the titles in the catalog online from PS4.
"The fact that we continue to invest in digital services subscription bringing our games to more and more people on both consoles - said EA executive vice president, Matt Bilbey - is an exciting opportunity for everyone. Our goal is to give gamers more choice to try and play our titles wherever and however they choose to do so, and we're excited to bring the service to PlayStation 4." In reality, however, the negotiation between EA and Sony must not have been so simple for Electronic Arts since EA Access arrives on PlayStation after almost 5 years since its launch on Xbox.
EA Access for PS4: when it arrives and how much it costs
It will be possible to play online games with EA Access subscription also on PlayStation from July 4. The subscription will cost $4.99 a month, or $29.99 a year if you pay in one lump sum. Those who subscribe will receive a 10% discount on all EA digital games (including expansions and in-game purchases) and a great little treat for fans: the ability to play new titles in preview, 10 hours before the official launch. For the rest, the conditions of EA Access for PlayStation 4 will be the same as those already seen for the subscription for Xbox. As for the catalog, however, it counts on Xbox over 50 titles including several "Triple A" with its expansions and additional seasons.
EA ACCESS on PS4: Sony changes policy?
If a giant like Electronic Arts has taken this long to bring its online services to PlayStation 4 owners, the reason is simple: Sony has been resisting for years. For a long time, the Japanese giant has claimed that such services don't bring enough added value to PlayStation users, and has pushed its users to instead subscribe to PlayStation Plus at the base price of €7.99 per month (or €59.99 per year).