Sony confirmed it today. The PSN Pass seen yesterday is real. Starting with Resistance 3 SONY will be implementing the “project $10” style access to online capabilities for some first party games going forward.
“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.”
Like I mentioned yesterday, this isn’t SONY’s first time using this system. SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo (PSP) had an online pass that cost you $20 dollars if you had a used copy.
It’s tough to gauge through the PR speak, but only online multiplayer has been blocked by SONY’s passes so far, not game elements or weapons, etc. Good news for those like me that tend to never play online multiplayer. Bad news for those who can’t afford $60 for a game but still want to play online.
As these passes become more common I will be curious to see how it affects sales. Will more people pay $60 at launch to buy new and play right away, or will people wait for the new price to drop to what they would have paid if it was used? I’m hoping for the later. If the new price was $20 or less on every game I would never even think of getting something used.
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