It seems that PlayStation Plus continues to lose in the fight against Xbox Live Gold in terms of offered games because next week, Xbox Live Gold subscribers will have free access to 14 EA games for a limited time. Although this will only be available for only a week, between the 19th and 24th of January, the amount of AAA games on offer would more than likely make most Xbox fans switch to Gold if they haven’t done that already.
The games are part of the EA Access program, a subscription-based service that allows users to enjoy a variety of EA titles, a 10% discount on new game purchases and a “Try before you buy” option which function as a type of demo. Normally, this service requires users to pay $5 per month or $30 per year.
True, in terms of value, this offer is rather unexciting, considering that this free week has an estimated cost of $1.25, but what user ever complains about free stuff? Especially if you consider the games being made available for people who have already subscribed for Xbox Live Gold.
Even if the EA games on offer are relatively old, titles like Dragon Age Inquisition, Battlefield 4 and Hardline, Fifa 14 and 15, Madden 14 and 15, Titanfall and Need For Speed Rivals are just to name a few. Although at first glance some of these titles may seem boring, especially if you don’t like sports games, EA tried to offer titles in order to satisfy a large part of the gamer demographic as best as they could.
Everything you will do during this week will be saved, in the case you decide to buy the game after the free offer is over. Achievements and save games will be all uploaded to the cloud, as well as your settings and gameplay customizations.
The reason why EA Access is not available on Playstation stems from Sony’s claim that they do not see any value related to this service. They are not that far from the truth, considering that these games have already been heavily discounted during PSN sales and events But the counterargument is that $5 a month is extremely cheap, given the fact that you can easily finish all of the games available in the course of one month.
It will be interesting to see how Sony reacts to the fact that Xbox Live Gold subscribers will have free access to 14 EA games. Playstation Plus really needs to step up its game in terms of free titles if it even hopes to reach Xbox Live Gold, according to some fans, or else fewer people will subscribe.