‘Ask Sony, they talked about it.’
EA’s EA Access service is available on Xbox One for Xbox Live Gold members, and it is a really good deal, especially if you are a fan of EA’s sports games- you get to play games before they ever release, and you even get a whole host of great EA games for free, as long as you subscribe for $5 a month. It’s a nice setup, and something that Microsoft has been leveraging in its marketing of the console a lot.
It is a good enough deal that PS4 fans want it on their system too- and the last we checked, Sony blocked EA Access on PSN, because they felt it wasn’t good value (but likely felt it would conflict with their PS+ and PS Now offerings). And if you felt that the year that has passed since may have changed the picture… well, it hasn’t. In an interview with Gamespot, EA COO Peter Moore made that very clear.
“Doesn’t matter [about it being on PS4]. 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.”
Gamespot then tried to ask Moore if extending those satisfaction rates by expanding the market would not be a good idea, to which he said, “But it’s not. It’s on Xbox One.” Recognizing that Moore might not want to talk about it, Gamespot asked Moore if this was a topic he would rather not say anything about. Moore’s response was “Well, Sony talked about it, ask them [laughs]. There’s not much left for me to say.”
So… it sounds like he’s a little bit bitter about this. I mean, I know Sony wasn’t exactly very sporting about it, but I would have let it go by now. Still, Moore is known for nursing grudges, so I guess I am not surprised.