Just yesterday an image surfaced on the net of a Resistance 3 PS3 Bundle that had yet to be announced, but more interesting than the bundle itself, a logo promoting a new service titled, "PSN Pass" raised many questions. With companies such as EA, Codemasters, and THQ adopting the online pass method where one must purchase the game brand new in order to obtain free access to the multiplayer portion of the title. Does this mean Sony will be the next to follow this method and join the fight against the used-game market? Read more to see Sony's official response to this leaked "PSN Pass" image.
After only being released to the net for a day, Sony did the unthinkable and did not throw out the infamous "We do not comment on rumors or speculation" response the media has become accustomed to.
"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," a spokesperson explained to IGN. "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."
So there we have it! Sony is joining the fight against the sales of used games starting with Resistance 3 later this year. While this is not the first time this has been done on the PlayStation platform, online pass used with ModNation Racers and SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo 3 on the PSP, this will be a first for PlayStation published title on the PS3. Is this the future for all publishers? Will this help in the fight vs. used games? We will have to wait and see, but the lesson to be learned here is support the developers and publishers by purchasing new as buying used now will cost you more if you plan to play online.