143w ago - President of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Andrew House has revealed to GamesIndustry.biz that Sony is currently examining the Online Pass model for first-party PS3, PSP and PSN titles.
Both EA and THQ already use an Online Pass system for their multiplayer titles, allowing publishers to reclaim some money from the used video game market as those buying second-hand will need to purchase an online pass for the multiplayer component of the game.
To quote: "Activision's Bobby Kotick had said his company would like to see a subscription based service, however House seemed to warn against this.
"In terms of just a charge for basic online play, that's something that we have to talk about a lot more and we struggle with a little bit because we feel very vindicated and base a lot of the success of PSN today - a 70 per cent connection rate across consoles - on the fact that we've removed that major initial barrier to entry," concluded House."
Finally, Sony has already implemented a similar pass system for PSP shooter SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo 3 in an effort to combat piracy on the PlayStation Portable.
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Well i think that will go hand in hand with charging less for used games.
Example, if a game has been out for a couple weeks and they sell it used for $10 under the new price and you just want to buy it used without any trade ins but you still have to pay $10 for an online pass, there would be no incentive to buy it used.
But I do agree that they would probably start offering less for trade ins to help recoup some of that cash.
I'm sure this is going is going be combated by places like Gamestop by just charging less for used games so the cost of buying a used game plus purchasing the online pass would still be cheaper than purchasing the title new.
I think it's more like buying a car and complaining to have to pay for gas to drive somewhere, or having to pay a fee to park some places. Stores that sell used games make a killing and the developer gets dick. I wouldn't mind it if the fee is relatively low. I usually wait till a store has the game clearanced, then pick it up brand new.
On another note, I do think Bobby Kotick is a big douche bag!
I meant to quote this, but I can not edit my last post. Sorry for the repost.
first of all, how could you conclude that the one time fee is justifiable since you do not even know the price of the one time fee. The company making zero dollars from used games is perfectly fine. The concept of selling used games is the same for any other product, why should video games be any different?
No one said anything about supporting anyone or anything, they just do not have to be against them. of-course servers cost money, they should have thought about that before they decided to allow used game buyer free online play. it is the equivalent of taking back something you previously gave, and charging a fee for it , just to have it back... too bad for those who purchase their games new, as someone has to take the crap for someone else's mistake.
I'm perfectly fine with companies doing WHATEVER IT TAKES to make money, and I'm also perfectly fine with HACKERS DOING WHATEVER IT TAKES to pirate games! That is exactly why im an advocate for pirating games, as there is no justification/equality/moral in the business these companies do. The companies will never stop, they make and will continue to more profit than you can dream, we can only "hurt" their sales by pirating their games. PS JAILBREAK WILL screw sony in, just like team jungle did to micro$oft from the behind.