PSN Pass Announced


The above image, taken directly from a German gaming forum, shows the Resistance 3/PS3 bundle box with what clearly is a PSN Pass logo. The PSN Pass will share the same concept of EA Pass introduced last year, however the logo mentions that the PSN Pass Network features will only be available in countries that have PlayStation Store. What this basically means is that you have to enter the code in order to access MP and some other features. A Sony spokesman responded to the fans questions with this comment:

“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”

What does this mean to us?

Well, if you purchased a game with no code (used for example) then you have to purchase a code from the PlayStation Store in order to access the multiplayer. Sony haven’t announced how much that would cost you, but I’d say to expect something around $9.99. This will also mean that you have to get a PSN Pass every time you purchase a used game after this feature is enabled in the near future.

What does this mean to Sony?

I will just quote a Sony spokesman’s response:

“This is an important initiative as it allows us to accelerate our commitment to enhancing premium online services across our first party game portfolio.”

That means we should expect better online service (dedicated servers? hope so) and possibly more online features, which means that last week rumors we heard earlier about PSN getting a complete makeover (mostly to the PS store) could actually be true.

Resistance 3 will be available in September 6th along with the new PSN Pass. Do you think paying extra cash will improve the service? Is this a counter measure to video games pirating? Or is it just smart marketing?


Written by: Cheeto - News Contributor


  1. #1 by Jay on July 7th, 2011 [ 83111 Points ]

    They’re simply trying to put the used/rental games market in a stranglehold.

    I don’t get it, though. The games have already been purchased. They made their money from the initial sale. Are they saying that they would rather have people have games just sit on the shelf and be ignored because they’re busy with newer games? What about people who can’t afford to purchase games new? Wouldn’t it be a better marketing strategy if people bought your games used and decided they liked what they saw and would like to purchase future titles brand new?

    The only guilty people are the used game retailers that gouge the prices. As for me, I still prefer to rent most of my games through Gamefly, and if I like it, I’ll buy it. And when I buy it, I get the original case, as well as the online pass/code that hasn’t been used (the codes shouldn’t be necessary anyway). And then Gamefly purchases a new replacement for the copy I bought off of them, and then the developer and publisher get money off of that replacement sale.

    Maybe if people would stop putting so much focus on multiplayer and actually tried to make good, addictive games again, people would buy more titles new as opposed to used.

  2. #2 by Eddie on July 7th, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    I sit on the fence with this. Reason why is the price of games have remained virtually unchanged for 10 years..maybe more while development costs have skyrocketed.

    At the same time, I personally can’t afford a lot of games and have to rent.

    Tough position to be in when I can logically agree but financially disagree. I think PSN Plus members should not be subject to this.

  3. #3 by The_Nmac on July 7th, 2011 [ 39786 Points ]

    Every other company is doing this right now so I see why they are doing it. I do agree that PSN plus members should have that included in the cost of the subscription.

    The used game industry keeps stores like gamestop/ebgames in business. On new stuff they have a 5% or less markup. On used games they see a markup of 50% sometimes. This is why when you go to a store with used games they push those on you. They actually have to hit a percentage of used game sales.

    Unfortunately the game companies see none of that money and the retail stores are purchasing less units of those games to sell in a location. This is the whole reason for the passes that every company is coming up with.

    I think if companies like EB/GS shared a portion of the proceeds with the game companies ( a royalty maybe) that the online passes wouldn’t be needed.

  4. #4 by Pedro on July 7th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    And the siege to used games continues, I understand, but don’t agree.

    This is what PS3 players have bragged about for many years “free online”. You can say farewell to that.

  5. #5 by myk26 on July 7th, 2011 [ 1325 Points ]

    It’s still a good chance your not spending new game prices….

    Don’t like it, don’t even agree with it (there’s different ways to compensate for raising production cost). Now maybe I’m the only one that waits till a used game price is in the $30 range (or less)….if it’s only $10 cheaper, I’m buyin a new copy. But at a cost of $10 for this POS online Pass, I’m not sure thats ruining much in terms of online sales.

    They are going to look at the $25 game cost…think of the $10 PSN pass (if there smart)…look at the new game $60 cost…and walk out with the used copy.

  6. #6 by ZFM12 on July 7th, 2011 [ 1415 Points ]

    The question i asked myself is “We will be able to play the old games still?”

  7. #7 by Sakinah on July 7th, 2011 [ 26489 Points ]

    This really isn’t new. Level-5 and Sony added something similar to White Knight Chronicles 2 with the Geo Net License.

  8. #8 by EdEN on July 7th, 2011 [ 131365 Points ]

    Bad, bad idea. Eddie hit this one on the head: sometimes we either buy used or rent a game because we don’t have the $$$ to get it new or at launch. And what about when the online pass expires? I just got a copy of Saboteur a couple of months ago and the online pass included had expired (granted it was just for digital breasts but the “expires on” is what raises concern).

  9. #9 by CHEETO on July 7th, 2011

    Pedro: And the siege to used games continues, I understand, but don’t agree.This is what PS3 players have bragged about for many years “free online”. You can say farewell to that.  

    If you live abroad, buying a used game is not an option because simply you can’t find one! Thats one prospective to look at it, on the other hand I have to agree with Eddie on this one. I can’t afford buying 3 or 4 titles at once, I usually get one first and then wait for the price drops to get the rest. Jay also brought up a very interesting idea, PS Plus users don’t need a code, well as long as you are a user you can play with no codes, I think that sound about fair. giving that PS Plus users pay extra for premium services that they actually don’t get. Its about time Sony put the PS Plus to use and may be convince non Plus users like my self to get on board.

  10. #10 by Kane112 on July 7th, 2011 [ 32937 Points ]

    boooo thats all i have to say

  11. #11 by Tosh on July 7th, 2011 [ 1102 Points ]

    This makes rental games that have a online component really bad now.

    It would be nice to give a discount to PSN+ members at least.

  12. #12 by premiersoupir on July 7th, 2011 [ 17020 Points ]

    Well, I, for one, am not buying Resistance 3 — new or used. That’s my little vote of consumerist disapproval.

  13. #13 by Jason on July 7th, 2011 [ 27494 Points ]

    Its resistance 3 anyways? Who wants to lay 8 vs 8? You get resistance for the story The retards dropped the epic player count making the mp component obsolete. There is nothing new here to make a fuss over.

  14. #14 by Pedro on July 7th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    @Captain_CHEETO : as a matter of fact, I do live abroad ;p

    And I can guarantee games here are even more expensive, so believe me, I feel your pain!

    Anyway, used games market here is completely different, there are no stores that deal with it, but there are many online communities dedicated to game swapping, and that’s big here, mainly due to the costs of games and the difficulties many have to afford them.

    Above all else, it’s impossible to legally redeem your “online pass” as we do not have access to the playstation store, which means that everyone else in Brazil would be punished, even if we buy games new. The problem is a lot bigger and, as a person who always pay full price to get the games the most legit way possible, I feel very harmed by that and I think it’s completely unfair.

  15. #15 by Eddie on July 7th, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    premiersoupir:

    Well, I, for one, am not buying Resistance 3 — new or used. That’s my little vote of consumerist disapproval.  

    ^

    This is going to be for all Sony first party games and/or exclusives it seems. Notice its called PSN Pass and not Resistance Pass. So you may say buy to Uncharted 3 as well.

    and Jason…stop hatin…the multiplayer looks fun and the single player I can confirm from hands on is pimp.

  16. #16 by CHEETO on July 7th, 2011

    Other publishers will follow Eddie. its only a matter of time. So, what do you guys think about PSN remodeled?

  17. #17 by Emrah on July 8th, 2011 [ 7319 Points ]

    There are already games with online pass, from EA. BFBC2 used a VIP pass, but not an online pass, which made a little more sense. However BF3 may use a full on online pass. I will buy it regardless, unfortunately(!). But games like Resistance 3 or Uncharted 3 cannot DREAM of affording this. It’s going to make it harder to find players to play with. At least those who bought second hand tried a bit of the multiplayer, and maybe even continued playing it, served as a supply of people to play with. I remember UC2 having 9-10k people playing the game at its peak times, which caused lots of waiting to find a decent game. If you lessen the people play, the online multiplayer would suck even worse.

  18. #18 by xDeFcoN_2FasT4Ux on July 9th, 2011 [ 2160 Points ]

    Captain_CHEETO: Other publishers will follow Eddie. its only a matter of time. So, what do you guys think about PSN remodeled?  

    I hate the idea of a remodel. I borrowed my cuzs 360 and well i dont like their dashboard. I prefer the Ps3s, and this is not biased opinion. I saw IGNs thingy and they said it would be just like the 360s. I hate the idea. anyway to change SONYS mind???

    PSN Pass i like if it comes down to buying used. I hate the idea of buy or trade in used games. You get ripped off no matter what. So this is a solution in the making. I know for a fact the Activision will soon follow. They are money whores.

  19. #19 by Eddie on July 10th, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    Now that I’ve had time to think about this some…I much prefer the idea of a pass that gives you access to several games rather then one that gives you access to just one game.

    I still think PSN + members should automatically be included.

  20. #20 by CHEETO on July 11th, 2011

    Eddie: Now that I’ve had time to think about this some…I much prefer the idea of a pass that gives you access to several games rather then one that gives you access to just one game. I still think PSN + members should automatically be included.  

    I am not sure thats the case Eddie, but I hope so! I think the Pass will only cover Sony’s Exclusive titles ..


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