Back in the year of 2018, The Lazy Geeks took a stand against Sony because they thought they were better than everyone else. Only Sony could give gamers what they wanted. Taking a bit of an Apple approach to their eco-system. EA Access was considered a bad deal for gamers, the company believed. They didn’t stop there. They denied backwards-compatibility. Cross-platform play was ridiculous because only they cared about protecting their users, like Nintendo doesn’t care. However, things have changed in recent months.
After telling users that wanted to user cross-platform play with Fortnite to fuck off, Sony eventually realized that the game went beyond the PS4. They relented. Back in 2014, Sony denied EA Access because it wasn’t a good value offering free games, advance play, and only costing people $5 a month. Realizing that their own PlayStation Play wasn’t burning up the charts like they hoped, they have granted permission for EA Access to be offered in their PlayStation Play Store.
PS4 owners will be able to purchase a subscription for $4.99 per month or $29.99 per year through the PlayStation Store. PS4 owners who decide to subscribe to EA Access will get 10 hours of unfettered gameplay for upcoming titles from the prominent developer and publisher before the public release date. Subscribers also get to play any of the titles tossed in the company’s vault, which includes various entries from franchises like Battlefield, FIFA, Madden, Star Wars Battlefront and more. Finally, gamers will get 10 percent off when they buy EA games, expansions or in-game purchases.
Sony must realize that their closed eco-system can’t sustain dominance. Yes, they have better exclusives than Microsoft. Nintendo has Mario. The mindset of keeping everyone with limited choices and make the choices you want them to isn’t a winning strategy. Especially at this time in our digital lives. With so many options, people may be quick to leave Sony so they can take advantage of more open-minded offerings from Microsoft, Nintendo, and the upcoming streaming services. To be honest, this is a small step in the right direction.