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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?