Think buying a pre-owned copy of a game could save you a few extra bucks? This may no longer be the case in the future, with Sony possibly looking to implement the 'online pass' scheme.
The online pass scheme works like this: upon trying to access an online mode in a pre-owned game, the player will be told that he or she is required to pay a fee in order to play. Of course, people who buy these games brand new can still access all the online modes for free. GameIndustry.biz has reported Sony's Andrew House as saying the following:
"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," says SCEE's Andrew House. "And we're exploring actively the same option for our own content."
There are already a few publishers who have started implementing the online pass scheme, namely EA Sports and THQ. Publishing giant Ubisoft are reportedly jumping on the bandwagon as well.
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