Online Passes are Here to Stay… At Least For Sony

Online Passes are Here to Stay… At Least For Sony

Sony’s longstanding model of free online gameplay is about to get a bit of an overhaul. Don’t panic quite yet. Online gaming will still be free… kind of.

We first learned of Sony’s new Online Pass program last month with the launch of Resistance 3. The new game feature requires players to enter a code before gaining access to any online components. Gamers who happened to buy the game used in hopes of saving a buck found the online component  tightly locked up until they shelled out a cool $10 to activate it. As ridiculous as it sounds it seems that a business model like this would surely fail, right?

Wrong.

Sony has recently confirmed, to Destructoid, that all upcoming Sony games that have some sort of online component will require an Online Pass. The next major title to feature said pass will be Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception.

I can hear the moans echoing from the farthest reaches of the interwebs, but think about it from their perspective. Plenty speculate that the inclusion of an the Online Pass feature is an attempt to stave off piracy, but when is the last time you really heard of people mass pirating PS3 games? I’m sure it happens, but it is far more prevalent on other systems. If you were to ask me, I think this is Sony’s way of taking a dig at used game retailers.

By no means will this devastate the used game sector, but Gamestop and co. may need to rethink their approach to buying a game off a customer for $25 and reselling it for $5 less than retail. At that point you actually actually spend MORE money on a used game! Call me Mr. Brightside, but perhaps the upshot to this all is that used games may become cheaper on the whole (at least Sony ones for now until others jump on board). And if you are one who couldn’t give two craps about online play, getting a used new release for cheaper is always a plus.

Let’s try to stay positive here people!

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