Playstation Now Private Beta Hits PS4

Some EA Classics Are Coming To PS Now

I’ll be honest, this seems a bit weird to me, but we are just going to go with it. Sony has announced via their blog that EA will be bringing a few of their most popular games to their PlayStation Now streaming service. The games they are bringing are: Mirror’s Edge, Mass Effect 2, Dead Space 3, NBA Jam On Fire Edition and Bejeweled 3.

Sounds like a great deal, right. What could be weird about that? Well, for one, EA has their own fledgling games service that they are trying to get off the ground, EA Access. While EA seems to want to offer newer games on the service, I see no reason subscribers would be opposed to having some of these older classics as well. Battlefield 4 is available, and it is only a few months newer than Dead Space 3.

Secondly, Sony made a big deal of disparaging EA Access, going so far as to say they weren’t even offering it on PS4 because it “does not bring the kind of value PlayStation customers have come to expect.”

“We don’t think asking our fans to pay an additional $5 a month for this EA-specific program represents good value to the PlayStation gamer.”

Them’s fightin’ words. And that was only a few months ago. Why is EA now considerably enhancing the value of PS Now? Don’t get me wrong, I am all for more games for more people, but it seems a bit odd that they would directly help out Sony right after they fired an obvious shot.

This is obviously an interesting scenario, so leave us a comment. We would love to hear your thoughts on the matter.

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  1. da_illestt

    thats business, EA Knows many ppl use PS Now and fans want EA games on it.

    EA will make money and so will PS thats all ther is to it

  2. PlatanoGamesNetwork

    Seriously I do not understand the direction of this weird article. PS Now and EA Access are 2 completely different services on 2 different platforms and for different reasons. EA Access allows Xbox One users to download and play a specific library of EA games and try 6 hour trails of games before they release. PS Now offers the chance to rent and stream game titles on PlayStation without having to download them. On PS4 this allows for backwards compatibility with titles that people might have missed like the excellent Twisted Metal or Killzone 3. This is the ONLY way to play games like Mass Effect 2 and Dead Space 3 on PS4 and has greatly expanded the PS4 library for new Sony users since its been introduced!  Also Sony wasn’t taking a shot, they we’re just being honest and didn’t want to add to the monthly services a user might have to pay for. EA understands that and moves on with more business. It isn’t daycare where they should sacrifice opportunities because of some kind of pride.

  3. BlakeA

    PlatanoGamesNetwork It just struck me as a little odd, considering how surprised I was to hear Sony’s stance on EA Access. It was a shot. They could have just said they declined it, but they made clear they thought it was not a good value. Like I said, I think it is the right call by both sides, but I thought it was relevant considering how recent the comments occurred.

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