Okay, then can you explain why you think EA Access has gotten better? Is it just because there are more games in the vault than when it started or is it something else that I'm missing? You come off as playing Devil's Advocate after the bolded sentence here if you don't actually think EA Access is better than PS+, as your previous post suggested.
I think I explained why Sony denied the EA Access service pretty well in that their idea was nice in the short-term, but pretty bad as a long term value. It seems like EA wants to greatly devalue their games and shorten their relevance by making it so that on Xbox One, you either buy the game at launch or wait for it to arrive on EA Access with little reason to bother with the middle road when a sale comes around unless you're impatient. Sony probably doesn't want to encourage other publishers to start doing their own EA Access-style service so that the end user that has no allegiance would have to pay $50+$30X to get all of the possible free games that you would've gotten before instead of the simple $50 it costs for PS+. If EA stops offering their games on PS+ as a result, that's their loss to miss out on that potential additional PS+ revenue because they want all of the potential revenue they can get funneled through EA Access.
I don't personally think PS+ has declined at all lately, but I don't put more value in one particular type of game than others so I just care about getting more great games each month and even then, the service's worth for me is in the great deals whose savings offset the cost of the service fairly quickly. The games don't have to be lights out every month to be worth the $50 a year for me.
My reference to both services is based on the expectations people had for them. Many didn't expect EA Access to add games so soon (since EA indicated that they would not be adding much to the vault any time soon when it was released) but they have added to it (Need for Speed Rivals and PVZ) and people are warming up to the service. During the same time period, many have cooled towards PS Plus because of a perception of lesser value in their more recent freebies. I was only pointing out the juxtaposition of the two services and how public perception might be changing in opposite directions toward each.
To clarify what I've already said, there is no doubt that PS Plus remains a great value. To me and many others here, the value i'm getting out of it has just lessened in recent months and many (including me) are concerned that the value may continue to decline since Sony has less incentive to make the service as desirable as it once was. Again, value and quality are subjective and i'm happy that others are enjoying some of the smaller games that I may not appreciate as much.
Lastly, I understand why Sony doesn't want to devalue its own PS Plus service by letting publishers usurp it, but since the cat is out of the bag on Xbox with EA Access, they are now likely only hindering potential value that some might get out of the service. I'm not sure why you are defending Sony with the value statement. It may be that Sony and Microsoft were just offering an unreasonably low amount of money to companies like EA for their games, so EA sought another route. I don't want to pay a subscription for every publisher out there, but if Sony is not going to offer those bigger titles with Plus anymore, why shouldn't EA offer them. There's a lot of behind the scenes issues with all of this, so I don't think any of us on the outside can form any valid opinion.
Sorry to everyone for going on so long. EA Access good. PS Plus good. I'll stop now.