Sony Thinking About Online Pass

By Colin Tan on August 24, 2010, 1:54PM EDT

Much like EA, Sony is thinking about charging to unlock the online bits of their games for those that purchase them second hand, all in an effort to take on the used games market, of which no publisher has yet to get a cut out of it.

Currently, EA charges ten dollars to customers that purchase second hand games and wish to partake of the online fun. This is only limited to second hand buyers, those that buy new still get access to the online portion of their games for free.

"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," SCEE president Andrew House said while speaking to

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

With that said, while charging second hand buyers is an option worth exploring, Sony seems reluctant in actually charging "for basic online play," which is probably one of PSN's core values.

"That's something we have to talk about a lot more and we struggle with 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 we've removed that major initial barrier to entry," said House.

So don't grab those torches and pitch forks just yet, the only ones that'll have to pay for online - and most likely a one time fee - are those used games customers.

Source: Eurogamer

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