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Andrew House Reveals Sony Examines Online Pass for PS3 Titles


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202w ago - President of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Andrew House has revealed to [Register or Login to view links] 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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GooeyFinger's Avatar
#9 - GooeyFinger - 202w ago
servers cost money, now the monthy subscription fee is a joke, but the one time fee for buying a used game is justifiable, the company itself gets $0 from used games, so why should they support those people, its just a loss sale from somebody buying a new title. Last time I checked, companies were in business to make money, and do what ever it takes to make that money. The only way to stop this, is to not buy their products.
Agreed. I have no problem paying a one time free for a used game to play online, or if a developer charges a one time fee to play their games then fine. but once i have to start paying a subscription fee for a game or set of games that i may not even get to play with work and all, no thanks... no thanks.

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#8 - semitope - 202w ago
The messed up sideeffect of all this used game hate is people turning to piracy. If the used game is going to give you the same game, why not? Then just buy the code for online and enter that if its the only thing needed for online play. Or just ignore getting a code altogether.

knight0fdragon's Avatar
#7 - knight0fdragon - 202w ago
servers cost money, now the monthy subscription fee is a joke, but the one time fee for buying a used game is justifiable, the company itself gets $0 from used games, so why should they support those people, its just a loss sale from somebody buying a new title. Last time I checked, companies were in business to make money, and do what ever it takes to make that money. The only way to stop this, is to not buy their products.

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#6 - Grizzo - 202w ago
First Activision wanted to raise the price of console games now they want to charge us for playing online?! You'd think they have enough money coming in from their success with the Call of Duty and Guitar Hero series.

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#5 - TheShroomster - 202w ago
couldn't help it. they should keep to what they promised with the release of the PS3. if you buy a game and can go online with it, when it's resold or traded why should someone have to pay to use features again? its like buying a used car and having to call chevy for a code to use the navagation system.

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