Sony Looking at Online Pass-like Solution for First-Party Titles

August 24, 2010 -

It's bad enough when companies like THQ and EA implement programs to combat used games, but it's even worse when platform holders like Sony consider it. Speaking to GI.biz, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe CEO Andrew House said that Sony is taking "a serious look" at implementing something similar to EA's Online Pass for its first-party games.

"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," House said. "And we're exploring actively the same option for our own content."

House admits that implementing such a program would be seen as contradictory to the free precedent set with PlayStation Network.

"In terms of just a charge for basic online play, that's something that we have to talk about a lot more," he said. "We struggle with [that] a little bit because we feel very vindicated and base a lot of the success of PSN today -- a 70 percent connection rate across consoles -- on the fact that we've removed that major initial barrier to entry."

While this news is a bit disheartening, there's no data available to tell how these extra charges for used games are affecting the actual sales of used games. This is probably because - at least according to what GameStop says - only 25 percent of used game buyers are interested in playing online.

Source: GI.biz, image credit


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I respect everyone else's opinion but in this case I just don't agree with them.  I personally have absolutely no problem with Online Pass-type programs for used games.

 

Andrew Eisen

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This is an attempt to get around First Sale. Once the first person sells it, they can no longer use it, ergo, the new owner should have FULL access WITHOUT having to pay more for it.

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This isn't an attempt to get around first sale, it's an attempt to make buying new a more attractive prospect than buying used.  The publishers, for obvious reasons, want players of their games to be their customers rather than someone else's.

 

Andrew Eisen

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Great, Sony just made me NOT want a PS3 anymore.

They're way ahead with good free online play. Leave it at that.

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Thankfuly I'm not looking forward to any of the ps3's 1st party exclusives, but still this is a low move.

 

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Re: Sony Looking at Online Pass-like Solution for ...

Actually I don't think you haven't tried MAG, the 256 player online shooter game. 

 


 

Re: Sony Looking at Online Pass-like Solution for ...

MAG wasn't all that great. 255 other people in a server will make sure of that. It fell victim to its own ambitions.

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The online pass is a joke that only hurts the games that you want to sell a lot of. Just look at the quickly discounted Madden 11 or the lower then expected sells of Thq's UFC 2010.

http://www.magicinkgaming.com/

 
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