PSN Pass | What is it? **UPDATE**

An image that has appeared on German gaming forum Konsolentreff of the Resistance 3 Edition PS3 box has a reference to a ‘PSN Pass’.  A what?  Well it appears no-one is really sure, but Eurogamer is speculating that it may launch this September and might be similar to the Online Pass that EA, THQ and others currently use.

**UPDATE**

Sony has officially confirmed the PSN Pass to be released this September.  See below for more details.

If so, new copies of Resistance 3 may come with a code that enables access to some or all of its online features, and second-hand copies may not, forcing pre-owned customers to pay extra for access.

In August last year Sony said it was considering charging to unlock online portions of its games.

“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,” Sony Computer Entertainment Europe boss Andrew House said.

“And we’re exploring actively the same option for our own content.”

Eurogamer has contacted Sony for comment.

**UPDATE**

From Eurogamer:

Sony has made the PSN Pass, first spotted this morning, official.

It launches this September with PlayStation 3 exclusive Resistance 3.

In a statement issued to Eurogamer this evening, Sony said PSN Pass will grant “full online access” to participating games.

“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,” Sony said.

“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.”

The implication is that second-hand copies of Resistance 3 will not include PSN Pass, forcing pre-owned buyers to pay for full online access.

With PSN Pass Sony is following the lead of EA, THQ, Codemasters and Warner, all of which have implemented an Online Pass scheme.

Will other upcoming PS3 exclusives, such as Uncharted 3, use PSN Pass?

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