EA Access Coming to PlayStation 4 in July

EA Access will finally be available on PS4 despite Sony's earlier rejection of the service.

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EA will finally bring EA Access to the PlayStation 4 just five years after Sony claims to have rejected the service due to concerns over its value. 

“As we continue to invest in digital and subscription services, bringing great games to even more players across more platforms is an exciting opportunity for everyone,” reads a statement from EA’s Matt Bilbey. “Our goal is to give players more choice to try and play our games wherever and however they choose, and we’re happy to bring EA Access to PlayStation 4.”

Starting in July, PS4 subscribers will be able to sign-up for EA Access for the standard price of $4.99 a month or $29.99 a year. For that price, PS4 users will be able to access the Play First system that lets them play new EA games for up to 10 hours as well as the library of EA games included in the service. EA Access subscribers will also receive a 10% discount on certain EA products and DLC. 

EA Access has been available on PC and Xbox for quite some time now, but Sony remained a notable holdout for years. Actually, around the time of EA Access’ release and expansion, Sony issued a statement that suggested that the service wasn’t quite good enough yet for PlayStation users. 

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“We evaluated the EA Access subscription offering and decided that it does not bring the kind of value PlayStation customers have come to expect,” said Sony in a 2014 statement to Eurogamer. “PlayStation Plus memberships are up more than 200 percent 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.”

Actually, that statement hints that their concerns had to do less with the value of the service, and were more based on Sony’s hesitation to offer “competing” services via their platform. It’s a policy that has sparked controversy as it concerns PlayStation’s cross-play policies, and it’s arguably the foundation upon which Nintendo and Microsoft have built a surprising relationship. In any case, Sony has loosened the constraints of that policy in recent years, and the value of EA Access has grown tremendously in that time. 

Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014