Sony has been dabbling with online content codes for its recent shooters, with a single-use code in SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs giving North American players access to the SOCOM "Pro" club. Without the code, entry to the club costs $14.99, but at least there's still online play. Now Sony is ready to change things up again with its new initiative, the PSN Pass, starting with upcoming Move showcase Resistance 3.
The one-use only code included with new copies of the game will give "full access" to PlayStation Network and online functions, says Sony. As with online codes from EA, THQ and Activision, a consumer picking the game up second-hand would have to purchase a code from Sony, granting the platform holder revenue from the pre-owned sale.
Here's Sony's statement to Eurogamer. How do you feel about this development?
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.
This program will be game-specific. Games that are a part of this program will include a single-use registration code that grants the account holder redeeming the code full online access for that title.
This is an important initiative as it allows us to accelerate our commitment to enhancing premium online services across our first party game portfolio.