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Sony Confirms Online Passes For First Party Titles

Jonathan Lester
Online Pass, PS3, PSN Pass, Sony
Playstation 3 | Resistance 3

One-Use Passes "For PS3 Games With Online Capabilities"

Sony Confirms Online Passes For First Party Titles

Yesterday, some eagle-eyed gamers spotted a strange logo on a packshot for Resistance 3's special edition. The "PSN Pass" seemed to suggest that Sony were going to implement an online pass system for multiplayer functionality, and they have since confirmed that Resistance 3 will indeed include this pre-owned purchasing deterrant. Project Ten Dollar has a lot to answer for, and we have the full story below.

Sony has officially confirmed the PSN Pass system to us, stating that the "Network Pass Program" will "accelerate its commitment to enhancing premium online services" throughout their first party titles. It will function exactly like most online passes, with players needing to input a code to unlock the full range of online gaming functionality. Naturally it will be game-specific, though the statement definitely insinuates that most (if not all) future first party games with online functionality will implement this measure.

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.

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.

Resistance 3 will be the SCE game to include the PSN Pass when it launches this September.

Right, fellow gamers, it's time to have your say. Is this acceptable? At all?! Have your say in the comments!

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flyingteddy  Jul. 7, 2011 at 11:32

Exactly how does this enhance the service?

JonLester  Jul. 7, 2011 at 11:46

Because... it... erm... makes SCE more money?

In all seriousness, PSN Pass will increase the profits that make it back to the development studios themselves rather than ending up in the pre-owned loop. At least, this is bound to be the official line.

aimtiaz  Jul. 24, 2011 at 12:08

Its better to create a new account and associate the pass with it, and when selling game pass that account details to new owner.

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