127w ago - Update: Sony has now confirmed PSN Pass to IGN, stating the program requires customers to input a one-time use code to access a game's online capabilities similar to EA's Online Pass.
Today Darko on German site Konsolentreff.net (linked above) has shared an image uncovering Sony's PSN Pass on a Resistance 3 PS3 bundle box.
The text in the image reads as following: "PSN Pass. Network features only available in countries that have PlayStation Store."
While there is currently no official announcement on what PSN Pass is from Sony, Kotaku reports that it may be similar to EA's Online Pass which provides online access to those who either purchase a new copy of a game or those who pay the extra ten bucks to buy their way into networked features.
To quote: "Sony has employed the practice before, selling "Online Entitlement" passes for PSP games SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3 and ModNation Racers.
We don't yet know if PSN Pass is real, whether it's more than just an online access ticket or whether Resistance 3, due in early September, will be the first game to implement such a scheme."
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That would be significantly better if it activated the entire PS3, but still is BS. What if I wanted to take the game to a friends house to show him the online portion, I guess Sony doesn't want people advertising the game to their friends. Overall pure BS they are trying to stop send-hand sales and rentals, sometimes it's the second hand sales or rentals that make people want to buy the retail copy of the game, and I am going to laugh when this idea backfires on them and they end up selling less.
Just because of this I may end up renting some of the upcoming AAA titles that I don't plan on playing the MP (like U3 for example) just to give Sony a nice big middle finger, then a few months later buy it second-hand for dirt cheap.
you'll get it free with each game when you buy it new (they haven't said yet but I'm pretty sure the code will activate the PS3 not the PSN user, so more than one user can go online). It's the same bs EA have been doing the last few years and mugs put up with it so this is hardly unexpected. It's aimed at getting a slice of second hand games.
Do you have a link for your source? If true this is BS, I guess playing with alt accounts on online games is no longer going to be possible unless we pay top dollar for multiple online passes. I think anon needs to teach Sony another lesson for this.
Sony Confirms PSN Pass: It looks like PSN Pass is per game, and thus works like similar services from EA and other publishers – games will come with a code you enter to unlock multiplayer modes, meaning second hand copies will require a seperate purchase to activate such features.
“We are always evaluating new programs for our online offering, and starting with Resistance 3 this September, we will be instituting a network pass program for PS3 games with online capabilities,” say Sony.
“This program will be game-specific. Games that are a part of this program will include a single-use registration code that grants the account holder redeeming the code full online access for that title. This is an important initiative as it allows us to accelerate our commitment to enhancing premium online services across our first party game portfolio.”