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Submitted by Pozzle 117d ago | opinion piece

EA Access wants to be Netflix for video games, but it doesn't go far enough

A video game subscription service in the vein of Netflix Instant Watch will make a company very, very wealthy. But it probably won't be Electronic Arts. (Culture)

Mikey32230  +   117d ago
No EA Access will never be like a netflix for video games. They are a single publisher.

Playstation Now Can be a netflix for video games IF they get this pricing right. I'm not sure what they are doing at the moment, i understand it is a beta and they are testing pricing.. but for every day you "test" pricing at such a high cost, they are losing money on the cost to keep those servers and infrastructure up and running. How many people are really streaming any games what so ever at pricing like that? I bet its an astounding low amount of people, to where they are losing more money than they are recouping, all for what? just to "test" pricing.

Sony did not test playstation plus pricing. They put out a completely reasonable subscription and it started selling itself immediately. I'm actually worried for this playstation now subscription model though. With pricing like how it is, it make it seem like the subscription would be a monthly fee of ($15-30) which translates to a yearly fee of ($180-$360)..That will certainly cause PSNow to fail.

We have to think what there subscription would mean.. would it give you 'free' access to to every game in the catalog to stream? if so... it becomes something even better than playstation plus.. which already costs $50 per year. I'm interested to see what they do with this subscription. I have a feeling it will be extremely expensive and sink their ship though.
Dwalls1171  +   117d ago
It actually is Netflix of games . . . without the games. .
They don't have enough yet but they will get more
Deadpoolio  +   117d ago
Oh Jesus they are not putting new games into "the vault" they already made that clear with titanfall, the service is clearly only worth something if all you want to play are year plus old sports games, hell it's all the X1 is going to get.....

The point more people are trying to make is NO EA access is NOT the neflix of games nor could it really be based on the fact that EA is a publisher, they publish a very narrow spectrum of games. To be a netflix you would actually have to be an independant 3rd party or one of the console manufactures who could make deals with other parties to allow a wide spectrum of titles...

BTW the discount that everyone keeps jizzing over of future DIGITAL title purchases, simple maths tells us it's around $5.00 so clearly Xbots are desperate to try to make something sound amazing, if you have a problem paying $55 for a game at gamestop a non trade able $55 digital game should be just as horrible
Darkstares  +   117d ago
Netflix has the content to make the value much better but Neflix falls short in having new content which is where the 5 days early access on EA games differs. PS Now is also being compared to Netflix because it will offer older catalog titles but they price it based on each title. That's why it falls short until Sony offers a bundled model like Netflix.

EA Access also offers 10% discounts on digital content, Netflix doesn't do this.
nicksetzer1  +   117d ago
Down the road this service will be absolutely amazing. Games like titanfall, mirrors edge, star wars, and more will continue to grow the backlog. As of now EA access is an averagely enticing deal. As the library grow though? It will be a no brainer.

Plus early access to games and 10% of iss just a bonus.
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ShadowKingx  +   117d ago
agree and not to mention alot of people including myself is waiting for the subscription to hit.
ShowGun901  +   117d ago
i hope it doesn't become like netflix, 1 quality item for every 25 garbage items.

"Over 10,000 streaming titles!"

"how many will i like?"

"between 4-7, depending on your affection for foreign films, and tolerance for our growing selection of gay/lesbian movies..."

how is that even a category? are there straight movies? (definetly not 300...)
Allsystemgamer  +   117d ago
Someone needs to use the filters...
Spotie  +   117d ago
There are movies that cater to a straight audience more than not. Just like chick flicks are for girls and action movies are for guys (generalizing, of course).

A genre isn't LIMITED to a specific audience, but it does specifically target that audience. Thus often means it'll have nothing for other audiences. Movies for the lgbt community aren't likely to appeal to most straight individuals, or they just don't appeal to them as much.

As a straight guy myself I have to ask: how does this negatively affect you?

On topic: EA's program can never be like Netflix, because it will only ever have EA titles available. PS Now attempts to offer content in a similar method, but with different pricing plans, currently.
ShowGun901  +   116d ago
@spotie

it negatively affects me, not because of niche content, but because MOST of the content on netflixs' streaming service is completly WORTHLESS... im not bashing any paticular genre, im saying MOST of netflix is low-quality filler that is just there to boost their numbers. MOST of the content is GARBAGE!
Insomnia_84  +   117d ago
Netflix with such a limited library? Limited to their games only, not even close to Netflix. Playstation Now is closer to Netflix than EA Access and a better value as you choose what games you get. Most of the EA games you will probably get on release, Fifa, BF, NFS, Madden, or will ppl wait several months for EA to put these games in The Vault and not buy them on release?
MysticStrummer  +   117d ago
Netflix has a pretty limited library also, but not only that, it's mostly stuff I don't want to watch. Many movies/shows on Netflix have less than 3 star ratings. EA Access better have loftier ambitions than that.
nicksetzer1  +   117d ago
Hmmm, netflix 7.99/month for access to ALL the content it has .... PSNow 5.99-7.99/week for ONLY 1 game.

Yup, sounds exactly the same.

Whereas EA access is 30$/year (aka 2.50$/month) for an entire backlog which will continue to grow. (Including games like mirrors edge, star wars battlefront, titanfall, PVZ, etc)
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PeaSFor  +   117d ago
ps now has more than one publisher, and you can rent a game 30 days for 15$ or 90days for 30$

Ea Access ONLY have ea games..and only few of them(lol at your "entire backlog"), wich is dealbreaker from the start.

im sorry but i will keep using PS+(and maybe ps now),
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vanity29  +   117d ago
I see people comparing EA Access to PS Now (and now Netflix?) a lot... I haven't looked into it though so I wanna know if it's a streaming service like the other two or not :0 otherwise no comparison
iamnsuperman  +   117d ago
It could never be with the limited library (which comes with a publisher running the service hence why either a pltofrm holder or a third party company needs to run the service). Also the method of delivery means it could never reach those heights (running games locally). PS Now is more akin to Netflix
Hellsvacancy  +   117d ago
I want to be an astronaut, doesn't mean i'm going to be one
masterfox  +   117d ago
yeah because EA games are top of the top right ? right ?
Rock-Lee  +   117d ago
It's not like Netflix of games. It's more like HBO GO for games, but with only old shit on it.
Eonjay  +   117d ago
Ea Access isn't a streaming service and it locked you into EA. Its not comparable to PSNow and should be in the same conversation as EA's subscription service is a glorified discount program. Already, PSNow has over 30X the amount of games and it streams them, like Netflix.

All EA access does is diminish the value of Gold and Plus by removing canidate titles and putting them behind a paywall.
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Alabamarolltide1990  +   117d ago
If Gamefly had streaming that would be the Netflix for gaming . But it only has shipping
blackout  +   117d ago
Whats wrong with this just being the beginning of something. The minute this was announced you where able to gain access to it. And once again more positive news for Microsoft. If you think this is only a EA thing just wait. If anyone could remember before this gen started publishers and developers where saying the cost of next gen would be more expensive and that they would have to find ways to make money outside of the regular game price of $60. They have to make MONEY, it's the only way we get more content. If you don't like the idea then ok. But try to open minded.
Bennibop  +   117d ago
Lots of a certain fan base saying that ea acces has the netflix of gaming whilst down playing ps now. EA access can never be the netflix of games as they will only ever publish their own games Where as PS now could potentially offer all.
strangeaeon  +   117d ago
MS should just go all in and come up with pricing that satisfies all involved and make this service available to all publishers that wish to be part of it. In other words make it one price for multiple publishers. I spend roughly $6-700 per year on games, if they were to offer an optional service with tons of new and older titles for say, 200 per year I would consider it.
blackout  +   117d ago
I was thinking, do you guys think that this could be the way to an EMULATOR for publishers? A way to have backwards compatibility everyone wants.
Roccetarius  +   117d ago
This is in no way a form of backwards compatibility, far from it.
cheno78  +   117d ago
I dont know how anyone can support sony on this...they said EA and MS system didnt provide enough value.....lets see....EA-MS 30/year 25 but probably more games early access and discounts on digital games...sony system 4$ for 4 hours lol who the f*** do they think there fooling..take your bull service back to japan
LAWSON72  +   117d ago
IMO just being able to play games like DAI, ME, Mirrors Edge, and Battlefront a week early + some free games seems fairly well priced at $30
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cheno78  +   117d ago
I hope more publishers to this with MS.i cant wait, ill pick EA, UBISOFT,and ACTIVISION.....ill pay 90/year for hundreds of games, wherei pick the publisher....rite for 90$ i get a game and a half at gamestop.......for90$ you can rent a game from sony for about 36 hours lol
Roccetarius  +   117d ago
Haha, the Netflix of video games. This is exactly what i won't support, if that's the future of gaming.
castillo  +   117d ago
Hope it grows beyond the concept , while inspiring other publisher to follow suite just as long that they can maintain the price point that EA has set for the beta. The part that excites me who is going to be the first to allow full use of their games library on modern consoles . Look forward to it all.
hkgamer  +   116d ago
no. it is more like PS+. it offers discounts, but for everything except titanfall.

4 games in fault at the moment, but lets be realistic. how many EA games are actually on xbone riht now?

anyway, the discoutns is basically what will make this worth it and if you was planning to spend atleast $300 a year on ea content then go for it. i know plenty of people that was a bunch of money on fifa dlc.

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