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Does EA still want Access on PlayStation 4? 'Doesn't matter' says top exec

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From the sound of it, if PlayStation 4 owners want EA Access on their console, that's going to be up to Sony and not Electronic Arts, which seems content with the program after one year only on Xbox One.

Peter Moore, the EA chief operating officer, was blunt to GameSpot when it asked whether EA wanted to put the service, which offers a library of free games and exclusive previews for new ones for a subscription fee, on PlayStation.

"Doesn't matter," he said. "It's on Xbox One, and those customers love it."

A year ago, as Electronic Arts announced the service and its terms for Xbox One, Sony explained why it wouldn't be offered on PlayStation 4. "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," a Sony representative said then.

GameSpot pressed the issue with Moore, offering that "business will be even better" by adding another console to the success story. "But it's not. It's on Xbox One," Moore replied. Asked if this was part of some exclusive deal with Microsoft, Moore referred obliquely back to Sony's earlier remarks.

"There's not much left for me to say," he said.

Moore's remarks were part of a wide-ranging interview covering indie games, the publisher's acquisition of former Assassin's Creed developer Jade Raymond, and why Star Wars Battlefront will not have a single-player campaign.

EA Access launched in August 2014 and costs $4.99 a month, or $29.99 annually. Currently it has 13 titles in its "Vault," which are available free to download for members. The latest addition was Dragon Age: Inquisition. The next game to get a timed pre-release preview will be Madden NFL 16 on Aug. 20.

This preview, which includes the full game, has allowed some Xbox executives to claim, from a certain point of view, that upcoming popular games are available first on their console.