You can finally get EA Access on PS4 this July
The EA Access subscription-based service is coming to PlayStation 4 in July. Like its Xbox One counterpart, members get early trials, digital store discounts, and a catalogue of games.
Getting on board will set you back $6.50 per month or $34.90 annually, with both options available in the PS Store at launch.
“As we continue to invest in digital and subscription services, bringing our games to even more people across both consoles is an exciting opportunity for everyone,” said Matt Bilbey, EA’s executive VP of strategic growth.
“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 the service to PlayStation 4.”
It’s been quite the wait, though. EA Access went live for the Xbox One in 2014, and that five-year period is largely down to Sony. Speaking to Game Informer at the time, the company said that the service “does not bring the kind of value PlayStation customers have come to expect.” Not a surprising statement given how they had their own PS Plus membership to push.
Now that Sony have backtracked on that decision, what can users expect?
- Play First Trials: Up to 10 hours of play time for new EA games, with up to five days of early access. All in-game progression will be saved.
- 10% Discount on Digital Content: Includes both full games, season passes, and add-on content in EA’s library.
- Vault Games: A growing collection of current and classic EA games.
As it stands, entering the Vault means waddling into loads of sports games, including the wildly popular cash cow that is FIFA. But let’s not forget that EA is a huge industry player, so you’re also getting mega-franchises such as Battlefield, Dragon Age, The Sims... the list goes on.
The bad news is that these EA plans are still divorced from one another — your Xbox One EA Access or PC Origin Access memberships do not carry over, unlike Microsoft’s cross-platform Xbox Game Pass.
That’s disappointing given how most of us expect subscription services to work across multiple devices, yet it’s still enticing enough for when something huge looms on the release radar.
After EA’s latest financials, that’s looking to be a new Plants vs. Zombies and Need for Speed this year, as well as Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order (gameplay premiere next month) in Nov.
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