Happy July, everyone. Back in May, we mentioned that you were going to get EA Access on your PS4, you now have a more specific date to add to your calendar. EA plans to launch the game subscription service on Sony’s console July 24th. As with the Xbox One version, $5 per month or $30 per year will get you access to dozens of games (including recent Battlefield and EA Sports titles), pre-release trials and a 10 percent discount on purchases of game downloads.
Don’t get this confused with other services, this isn’t the Netflix of gaming, but it might make sense if you tend to play EA’s bigger titles on a regular basis.
There is a major warning if you are considering getting it for the PlayStation 4, if you already have it for the Xbox One:
Each subscriptions are specific to a given platform, so you’ll have to pay for two memberships if you want EA Access on both a PS4 and an Xbox One. Insert major eye-roll here. Most likely it has something to do with Sony’s closed ecosystem that is the major issue. That is why cross-platform play is seldom, if ever, used.
The release date marks an end to a five year wait for EA Access on the console since Sony rejected it in 2014. Five years ago, Sony believed that it wasn’t a good value for PlayStation users. However, the service hasn’t changed in those five years, but now Sony somehow things it is worthy of their users.
Opening up their ecosystem is a good idea if Sony wishes to remain competitive. Microsoft and Nintendo have the market with being playful with others. Sony being forced to allow cross-play options for Fortnite was a major indicator that closed systems take a back seat to profits.