^^^ Just like Origin on PCs is doing little to nothing to affect Steam as a whole, the small offerings of EA Access are not a threat to PS Now, which will succeed or fail on its own merits.
Originally Posted by bd2003
I doubt their decision would have changed if it was activision, ubisoft or anyone else.
Well, Konami used MGS4 and Valve used Portal 2 on the PS3 to have us register to their own network. So Sony has at least experimented with the concept of 3rd parties having somewhat independent access to the gamers.
But obviously those deals did not include Sony allowing them to entice us to purchase extra game content and DLC outside of the PSN store, so that must be where they draw the line IMHO.
Again, they did not invest millions of $$$ into a hardware platform just so third companies can reap the benefits with little to no cost to them. If this were the situation, Sony has to protect their fragile business model, especially since whatever deal they may ultimately make for EA Access will likely have to be extended to Ubisoft, Activision, etc.
In the end though, I just don't trust the scumminess of EA, even if their true angle for creating this portal isn't fully known right now. Sony made an unusually strong and harsh statement against EA about this issue, which makes me think there is more going on than they admit. It won't be the first time that Sony claimed we gamers didn't need something that they initially omitted, with the full truth being much more than that (remember the lack of rumble in launch PS3s?).
Still, if we can choose to rent/stream EA Access stuff using our PSN accounts alone to satisfy Sony's store model fears (if that is indeed an issue to them), I'll be on board.