171w 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:...
242w ago - Update: VG247 has been told that David Reeves - confirmed as leaving SCEE as president this morning - is to take up a senior position at Scottish developer Realtime Worlds. Reeves will leave SCEE on April 30, to be replaced by current CMO Andrew House.
SCEE just confirmed that David Reeves has quit as its president, to be replaced by Andrew House. Reeves will leave the company on April 30. He's been with SCEE since 1995.
House is currently CMO. He'll assume the role of "Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Co-Chief Operating Officer (Co-COO) of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE)" as of May 1.
"It has been a wonderful ride with PlayStation," said Reeves. "I never got to visit all 106 countries but managed 66. I have just two things to say on leaving: I want to thank all of those people who have supported SCEE and me personally in the past 14 years; you have been magnificent!
"Secondly, I am going to spend my time now trying to repay society for all I have taken from it. If your children are having physics lessons at the local school or wondering why their ski instructor is very elderly, your car mechanic has a bad back, or the social worker keeps bringing...