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Sony Online Pass for PS3 – Bad News for Pre-Owned Games

At E3 2010 Sony Officially revealed PlayStation Plus, a premium PlayStation Network subscription service, now we are hearing that Sony is supportive of an online pass which developers and publishers may implement to battle the pre-owned market.

At the moment if you buy a pre-owned PlayStation 3 title you can access all of the game’s offerings, however EA Sports want to lock down online content and multiplayer functionality.

From what we can see Sony and EA will allow access to the game’s entire offerings if you buy it brand new, however if you buy it second hand you will have to buy an online pass (for around $10) to gain access to aspects such as multiplayer gaming and other online content.

A lot of people are annoyed at this news as it seems as if consumers have to pay for more and more for content, I can understand Sony’s thinking, however I feel as if developers and publishers etc seem to be getting greedy, let’s face it its not as if there is a huge piracy problem like there was with the PS2.

If Sony do implement this I think it will have a huge impact on the online gaming world, what do you think?

Source: Engadget

Written by Jamie Pert

Jamie has a background in computer repairs and maintenance along with network administration, he now enjoys utilizing the benefits of new technologies and enjoys writing about anything that brings new technology to the world.

He began writing for Product Reviews in mid 2009 and has since expanded his knowledge across a wide-base of devices, he is looking to get more hands-on experience with new devices to gain a better understanding of the latest and greatest technologies.

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I will wait for games to be $10 before i buy them new , Then lets see them cry how the gaming industry has died and piracy has killed it , when in fact they are pushing the lances fatal blow themself , They will never take responsibility for their own ignorance. This should be illegal beings video games are considered intelectual property


They will never get me to run out and buy all this crap they release at $60.00. I will just wait for the USED game to go down another $10 cheaper then before I buy it. $29.99 is about my limit when I buy used, $19.99 will be my new limit.

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