Sony To Implement 'Online Pass Options' for First-party Titles

Sony plans to join the ranks of Ubisoft, EA, and THQ, as they're currently considering the possibility of online payment model to curb preowned sales. "Similar to EA's model, the pass would open up online features in each game to those buying second hand. Alternatively, if you buy the game new, you get a code […]

Sony plans to join the ranks of Ubisoft, EA, and THQ, as they're currently considering the possibility of online payment model to curb preowned sales. "Similar to EA's model, the pass would open up online features in each game to those buying second hand. Alternatively, if you buy the game new, you get a code in the box for free."

Sony European president Andrew House explained, "On the principle of making online portions of the game available or unlocked from the disc-based release for a fee, we're broadly supportive of that."

THQ creative director Cory Ledesma stated that they don't really care if the move to charge used game buyers to play online upsets those buyers. They feel that while the statement may be blunt, but that it's only fair to them because they lose money on used game sales.

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