In just a few days the early Madden 16 release date will arrive on the Xbox One, while PS4 owners will need to wait five more days to play, a wait we’ll see repeated with the FIFA 16 release date next month. This is because there is no PS4 EA Access subscription service available to gamers on Sony’s platform.
We’ve heard rumblings of a PS4 EA Access release, but in a new interview EA’s COO Peter Moore pours cold water on the idea — at least from EA’s standpoint.
EA Access is a subscription service that includes access to a vault of up to a dozen games including popular titles like Madden 15, FIFA 15, UFC 2015, Titanfall and other titles.
This service also includes early access to almost every EA game of the year with five days of early play. This includes full access to the game for up to 10 hours of play for FIFA 16 and Madden 16. When subscribers buy a digital version of the game or any in-game purchases there is a 10% discount.
The service is $5 a month or $29.99 a year and is only available on the Xbox One at this time. In an interview with GameSpot Moore responds to a question about PS4 EA Access bluntly saying, “Doesn’t Matter.”
Moore goes on to explain that customers are happy with the service explaining;
It’s on Xbox One, and those customers love it. We have analytics on everything these days, and subscriber satisfaction rates are through the roof. EA Access customers get to play more, because of the Vault, they get to play early, ahead of general release date, and they get to pay less because of the discounts it offers.
When the interviewer pushes for an answer about exclusivity on the Xbox One keeping PS4 EA Access from coming to gamers, Moore suggests looking at Sony’s earlier statement on the matter. In July 2014 a Sony representative told Game Informer,
“We evaluated the EA Access subscription offering and decided that it does not bring the kind of value PlayStation customers have come to expect,” adding, “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.”
With this recent exchange and the focus on renting games through PS Now, it looks like Sony is the reason that PS4 gamers cannot play Madden 16 and FIFA 16 early or subscribe to a library of EA games for a small monthly fee.
On Twitter we still see gamers asking about EA Access on PS4, but Sony has yet to respond.
@PlayStation when will ea access come to ps4
— stephen giles (@gilesyV2) August 10, 2015
@EASPORTS_MUT when will PS4 users get EA Access??….or do they already and I just don't know it…
— BossyComet76 PS4 (@NorthBendBandit) August 10, 2015
— ⚒ Steve ⚒ (@SteveNavyChef) August 10, 2015
@DaleBlacklock just swapped my ps4 for one. This ea access they do is class. Ufc Fifa madden all for 20 quid
— Andrew Bews (@AndrewBews) August 6, 2015
@AskPlayStation will EA access ever come to ps4?
— Ian Hall (@IanHallRfc) August 6, 2015
With the current state of affairs between Sony and EA, it looks like PS4 owners will need to settle or early access to the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta.