Yesterday, photos came out of an upcoming PS3 bundle which advertised a new feature called “PSN Pass”. Today, Sony Computer Entertainment of America clarified to IGN what exactly PSN Pass will be.
“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.”
So, indeed, this is a new effort from Sony which required you to enter in a pass code in order to play the game online – the first game of which will use PSN Pass being Resistance 3. Anybody buying the game new will of course get the pass for free; however, if you buy the game used, or take it to a friend’s house, you’ll either be playing offline to paying up.
IGN notes, however, that Sony has not yet said how much it will cost you to purchase a new PSN Pass for any games which require it. The current “standard” rate for other companies is $10, but only time will tell.