Sony confirms network pass program

Japanese game giant officially announces game-specific initiative that begins with Resistance 3 this September; single-use code unlocks full online capabilities.

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Yesterday, the rumor mill churned out speculation that Sony would debut something called the PSN Pass with Resistance 3 this September. Today, Sony has confirmed that rumor, officially noting that the network pass program will make its debut with Insomniac's sci-fi shooter later this year.

Sony is bringing new Chimera…and a new network pass program to Resistance 3.

Sony today confirmed the new online initiative, which was first spoken of in August of last year.

"Starting with Resistance 3 this September, we will be instituting a network pass program for PS3 games with online capabilities," reads a statement on the program provided to GameSpot.

Titles that are part of the program will come bundled with a single-use code that grants users "full online access for that title." According to Sony, this move "allows us to accelerate our commitment to enhancing premium online services across our first party game portfolio."

The online passes bundled with new copies of EA Sports titles, as well as Homefront, Mortal Kombat, and others are seen as an effort to make buying games new more attractive than buying them used (a sale that puts no money in the publisher's pocket). Typically, secondhand users must pay a nominal fee ($10) to access all the features new purchasers receive with online pass-enabled games. However, Sony did not say what it plans to charge secondhand gamers for its online program.

Resistance 3 ships exclusively for the PlayStation 3 on September 6. For more on the sci-fi first-person shooter, check out GameSpot's most recent preview of the game.

Discussion

657 comments
Majero88
Majero88

I hate the fact that Sony are now practically forcing us to buy games brand new just for some extras and online play, which will probably be crap anyway! It'll be even worse if more games start coming out with online specific modes/trophies, as I can imagine they are going to start doing. Don't get me wrong I'd love to buy more games brand new but being a student I just can't afford it and I know I'm not the only one. While I kind of understand why they feel they need to do this its us that are paying for it and I fear this is just the beginning.....

lithus
lithus

@Wula_ lol why would anyone waste soo much time on an MMO? World of Warcraft? Are you sure you're a gamer?? :roll: Well, people do and have been since 2005 for WoW. Even casual gamers (let alone the hardcore ones). And just because it's free, doesn't mean its better. Sony's network proved that. And if PC gaming is cheaper, why do you have to drop $1,500+ on a gaming rig every few years? (not even counting upgrades).................................................................... Maybe you're not paying monthly/yearly subscriptions like other gamers, but you're definitly paying for it in hardware. It all balances it self out in the end. Just need to take that head out of the sand to see it. I'm happy paying a single yearly subscription and a one time console price for 5-6 years, at the fraction of the cost for you're "cheaper" alternative.

firedragons5253
firedragons5253

It doesn`t really seem like its going to change the gaming experience though.

firedragons5253
firedragons5253

Ooh, so if I buy a new version of a game I will get all the extra maps, skins, etc., but if I get a used version, then I will only have the game and need to buy the extra things from PS store. Correct/Confirm me if I`m right or wrong.

varunvikram1
varunvikram1

This is how we are rewarded after the psn blackout phase. What happened to our "policy dictates that online playing should always be free". If only i could sue u for this.

KaizerJinn
KaizerJinn

interesting move....o.O...look forward to seeing how this plays out.

dylan35
dylan35

ok my free month of playstation + some discounts and dumb old ps1 titles for free what a joke !!!!! this helps to make up for used sales ,last year i picked up BFBC2 used misspriced @ blockbuster for 6.99 a month after it came out i had no problem paying for vip!!!! will not pay 40 for used copy just to pay later for pass so its kinda of a win win for them ...problem downloadable content = tiny games at release then make money of those willing to pay for more content !!!!! shame shame i can blame xbox for this micro points nightmare but still 360 over ps3 for sure !!!

jasonzilla11
jasonzilla11

My god, they need to stop this. I'm going to boycott any game that has this stupid pass thing. Who's with me?

Wula_
Wula_

@lithus why would you waste so much time on a MMO? I refuse paying monthly fees for any game to play online. There are other games then WoW and better ones at that as well I must add. So yea PC gaming for me is cheaper. Even more so when steam has its sales and I can get most titles for 50-90% off during those sales.

Harrymanhunter1
Harrymanhunter1

I swear to God if Uncharted 3 has this online pass too...RAGE!!! >:/

Kahuna8o8
Kahuna8o8

Some people have this all mixed up. The only way you'll pay online fee is if you try to play online for a USED game. Consumers that buy the games while NEW on the shelves or UNTOUCHED don't pay additional fees for online play. I think the only reason Sony is making this move is because of all the cheaters, hackers, etc. are around in PSN. It's good to see that they're at least trying. Kids need to appreciate PSN while they can. *Looks at Xbox Live*

servb0ts
servb0ts

If this is what PS3 Future is turning into PS4 can KISS MY ASS!

AiGeeEn1
AiGeeEn1

Soon enough Sony Network users will be "paying to play" just like XBOX LIVE... we're already seeing the evolution.

lithus
lithus

@Wula_ lol you make it sound like PC gamers are roaming free-of-cost in the "land of multiplayer". PC gamers pay like everyone else man. Ever plunk down $12.95 a month for WoW? That's over a $150 a year for ONE GAME...so yeah, we already considered PC gaming. Consoles passed that benchmark a long time ago.

Wula_
Wula_

Also forgot to mention guys. If there are people that complain about paying to play online so much. Consider PC gaming. And keep your consoles for exclusive games. Like many pc gamers do.

Wula_
Wula_

If I knew devs weren't dissecting their games and releasing them as DLC on day one or shortly after. I probably might consider buying new more often. I rather pay half price for a used game then pay $10-15 for a multiplayer mode. If it is actually good.

acer7x
acer7x

You know what if I'm going to pay 10 bucks to play online then make the payment separate because I do not want to pay 10 dollars for multiplayer most games MP are just horrible. Oh wait, there is a way buy games used. Thanks I just went from buying new games to used games. Great job Sony you just accomplished the opposite of what you intended.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

@KevinnButlerNPK: lol I'm not a Sony fanboy and I've hated em for a long time. (they'll mod ANY comment as long as someone files the complaint)

KevinnButlerNPK
KevinnButlerNPK

This is the reason why all Sony fanboys suddenly hate Gamestop, because they have to justify paying for online MP on a game AFTER complaining about XBL. Why not just admit the double standard and move along? EDIT: I meant the STOP (the store) not the SPOT (this site). I ten to get both confused...

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

Slowly and slowly this becoming a paid service like XBL. You know they're inching that way when they use words like "premium online service". Funny how they disguise the fees. Shouldn't online multiplayer come with the game anyway?? lol I remember when my friend used to gloat about how I have to pay to play onine with my Xbox 360 and he didn't with his PS3. lol what goes around man... ;)

ZoTrAcK
ZoTrAcK

It looks like Sony want to keep losing everything... They'll get what they deserve...

zidan4000
zidan4000

wait wait , so it is gonna be like this you pay 60$ for a brand new game 50$ for single player 10$ for multiplayer , 10 friggin dollars for a feature that should have been there from the beginning , what is next? paying for air that we breath?

DarknessMageX
DarknessMageX

I didn't play games online before, and I'm certainly not going to start once this is in effect. Hell, I might just buy MORE used games if I'm going to wind up paying more for the online stuff. I can always pay them my $5-10 later if I change my mind, right? Well done, Sony. Used games have never looked so attractive to me.

Raykuza
Raykuza

I already buy all my games new, and I don't pirate. This does not affect me. However, I do support this. I'm glad that game companies have finally found a way to make money off of used game purchases. I hope this slows down Gamestop's horrendous profit gouging.

Skarper_301
Skarper_301

Someday we will be paying each time we press a button on the controller to play...

Chaos_Stryker
Chaos_Stryker

I really, really, REALLY, hate that this Online Pass crap has caught on. It is, without a doubt, the WORST thing to come out of this generation of gaming.

daschectron
daschectron

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OurSin-360
OurSin-360

Wow, another reason to avoid PSN? Just when i thought i had enough reasons already. Still glad i never gave them any credit info

JOKER677
JOKER677

They should also know that I am not buying any games at 60$ from them anymore.

fownage1
fownage1

What next?Call of duty elite as compulsory...

servb0ts
servb0ts

Sony shouldn't have us pay for online until all games online have mic support lol.

SuplexKirby
SuplexKirby

How can online go from free 2 fee nowadays?

Brakua
Brakua

I read a lot of these post, and it seems people forgot that this will put a lot of little game stores out of business. Their greed will make people lose their jobs, like Sony and game companies don't have enough money as is; cough cough Activision. This is a very stupid idea like DLC, and will cause me to not buy games with that stupid patch like how I don't buy DLC games. They believe they make money in the end, but they fail to see a lot of people don't buy their game. People have to smarten up and open their eyes to what game companies are doing, because the way it's going nothing will change I'm talking about you suck ups.

BlackSquare
BlackSquare

This is because of all the third world countries that pirate games. No one in South America and South East Asia and China end up buying games. They all pirate them. They only buy the console because they have to. This should be able to stop it. Although it will cost used game gamers some cash in AU, NA and EU. But it still will be cheaper than buying a new game.

BlackSquare
BlackSquare

I would only pay if they give me free TV like how MS is planning on doing.

blackace
blackace

@littleboomer @blackace free online is one of the PS3's main selling points so i don't think they will get rid of that for the PS4. ********************************************************** We'll see, but I know Sony is envious of M$ making all that money from XBox Live fees. Sony lost billions on PS3 and I doubt they want to go through the same scenario again with the PS4. By having a fee for online will put extra profits in their account immediately after the PS4 launches. They probably wouldn't charge as much as Microsoft does though. Maybe $29.99 a year or something like that. I think it'll happen eventually.

digi-demon
digi-demon

I think i'll 'Pass' on this idea :lol: Seriously though - I'm with what Ultramarinus said - value for money because if not buying cheap 2nd hand is an option then its a case of playing the 'waiting game' - waiting to see how soon the bargain bin will fill up :lol:

Shinobi120
Shinobi120

@campbell153 & @littleboomer: Trust me, Sony by offering online play for free. That's why PSN+ was born last June, & is the first step. What they're doing with right now, is step 2.

Shinobi120
Shinobi120

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theslimdavylp
theslimdavylp

So much for free online gaming, nothing is free! War, war never changes

Buck_Swaggler
Buck_Swaggler

I can already foresee the avalanche that this snowball will become.

Migitman45
Migitman45

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Migitman45
Migitman45

Not Surprised at all by this. Especially when you have online for free

dstv
dstv

I don't buy used games, i support the developers, no problems here ...

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

It may hurt us right now if we buy games used, but this helps the industry a lot. Used game sales hurt gamers a lot and it means more safe crap games like call of duty and less innovative unique games like Heavy Rain or other great games.

Ultramarinus
Ultramarinus

So, they won't charge 60 bucks for a 5-hour game now? No? Then those games will wait till they're in the bargain bin.

megakick
megakick

HA. Sony joins the anti-used game caolition.

RitterXplode
RitterXplode

tachsniper said: "Someone please hack Sony again, obviously they didn't learn not to **** with us the first time." EPIC POST