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Sony To Abandon Online Pass Program For PlayStation 4 Games

Electronic Arts has ditched their Online Pass program, THQ (which had one as well) is gone, and now Sony has decided to drop the unpopular program.

In a statement to GameSpot, Sony confirmed that its Online Pass initiative will not continue with first-party PS4 titles, and that "no gating restrictions" will be implemented for disc-based games. The way it should be.

"The Online Pass program for PlayStation first-party games will not continue on PlayStation 4. Similar to PS3, we will not dictate the online used game strategy (the ability to play used games online) of its publishing partners.

As announced last night, PS4 will not have any gating restrictions for used disc-based games. When a gamer buys a PS4 disc they have right to use that copy of the game, so they can trade-in the game at retail, sell it to another person, lend it to a friend, or keep it forever."

For the record, Microsoft's Xbox One leaves the decision as to whether or not pre-owned games can be resold up to the publishers. Furthermore, used Xbox One games will only be available "at participating retailers." That's just one of the many differences between the two new gaming consoles and right now, Sony is enjoying quite the windfall of appreciation, while Microsoft, well...isn't. Does anyone want the new Xbox?

Tags: ps4, playstation 4, sony, sony online pass, ps4 online pass

6/11/2013 10:07:15 PM John Shepard

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Comments (27 posts)

Kryten1029a
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 @ 10:20:34 PM
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Good news keeps on coming.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 @ 11:25:15 PM

Proud Mary keep on burnin'

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Kryten1029a
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 @ 2:13:20 AM

She'd better! :P

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Keyser Soze
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 @ 10:25:39 PM
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PlayStation Won.

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shadowscorpio
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 @ 10:35:20 PM

Clearly. Even some of my co-workers are talking about how badly microsoft is failing.
You know you're winning when members of the other side start siding with you.

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shadowscorpio
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 @ 10:31:56 PM
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Sony is taking advantage of things and they're doing it fast. I'm actually having heart murmurs discovering how many Xbox gamers are royally pissed off at Microsoft right now. Some are even going with Playstation this time around, stating that its the better quality , deal, system , etc.

When Sony was being arrogant , they turned a new leaf to make it better. Microsoft has a chance to do the same but aren't at the moment. Are Xbox fans starting to see MS for what they truly are?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 @ 11:26:35 PM

I think everyone who embraces MS eventually finds out what they are really like, some of us just happened to do it long before MS got into gaming.

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shadowscorpio
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 @ 2:22:48 PM

Very true.

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Knightzane
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 @ 10:37:43 PM
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This is reminding me of the final Sega console. I've heard it started off like this, people being completely unhappy with it. Then them not treating it like an issue.

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Temjin001
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 @ 10:49:42 PM

If you're referring to the Sega Saturn that was true but not the Dreamcast. The DC was a loved system by fans. It did everything right. The Saturn on the other hand was rushed to launch several months earlier than expected with buggy unfinished games. It was also OVER PRICED, and difficult to program for. It was an early console example of hardware parallelism so devs took a long time to come to terms with it's eccentric design. Eventually some devs did harness it but by then it was too late. In contrast the PSX was arguably the easiest console to code on the market and at a lower cost with more and better games.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 @ 11:24:30 PM

Dreamcast had free online at least :)

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Temjin001
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 @ 12:22:03 AM

and it had Shenmue. It essentially pioneered the FREE genre. That's right. Free Reactive Eyes Entertainment. Okay, well actually FREE was born and dead with the same franchise within the space of like a year, maybe two. But still Heavy Rain and Beyond might qualify as being spiritual successors of the FREE genre Shenmue started =p

Where the CRAP is my Shenmue HD collection? I have shelf space for it. Sega even hinted at it's completion. After all of this time I would hope Shenmue 3 gets announced along side the HD collection.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 @ 2:04:22 AM

I was just thinking about that today while playing Deadly Premonition, there really are more games kinda like Heavy Rain out there. As far as interactive drama goes there's the Shenmues as well, and D2 was along those lines. Of course Indigo Prophecy/Fahrenheit.

I'd like an HD Shenmue collection, though it'd be weird to not be playing on Dreamcast.

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MeXiCaNFiGhTe12
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 @ 10:55:23 PM
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Well we are paying for online gameplay now, so big news here.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 @ 11:23:11 PM
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TED is right, since we pay for online there is no point in the online pass. That will make up the money lost in used game sales, which isn't a bad deal considering how much Xbox people have always had to pay and then pay extra on top of that for passes.

All I fear now is the publishers who put DRM into their games, guess I just won't buy those ever.

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JackDillinger89
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 @ 11:37:11 PM
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The obvious reason probably because nobody even buy the online passes.

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Beamboom
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 @ 1:26:56 AM
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So consumer reactions have an effect after all. I am... Surprised, actually. This is very motivating.
And it is just so wonderful that all this is coming from the same place: Sony. It's never been easier to chose console.

It's noteworthy how the two platforms now are more different from each other than they've ever been - despite for the first time being built around the same architecture.
There's a lesson to be learnt here somewhere, folks. :)

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Gabriel013
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 @ 9:25:04 AM

In a way. They just made it so that those who buy the game brand new (formerly with a free pass inside) will have to pay anyway to use the game online which they didn't need to before.

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PC_Max
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 @ 1:43:45 AM
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If its something that MS can change readily, they will. Questions will be WIll they change their policy, when will they change it, is it possible to change it. I am not sure Devs have that much influence on them.

If they can change it they may wait to see if sales of the Xbox meets their expectations or not and then respond to it, whatever it is.

Fortunately for Sony... they have no worries there.

Keep Playing!

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Jed
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 @ 3:47:37 AM
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So Sony didnt have the best e3 conference ever. But they really didn't need to. Microsoft basically let them know what they had to do to win e3, and Sony did just that. Maybe Sony knew they could leave some stuff out and save it for later to keep consumers on the edge of their seats.

Microsoft did mess up, but Sony did what they needed to. So I say Sony won.

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___________
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 @ 5:52:22 AM
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you already need to pay for plus to play online, so it would be stupid to charge twice for the same service.
$ony may be greedy and stupid, but there not THAT greedy and stupid!


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Akuma07
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 @ 6:57:41 AM

After the recent announcements, I have no idea how you could possibly call Sony greedy and stupid.

Or have you not been watching E3?

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Ludicrous_Liam
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 @ 7:55:48 AM

But what exactly would you be paying for with the online pass? Since you're already paying to play online, it'd be nothing more than paying for the authentication code.

By the way, since no-one's said it, it really f****** sucks that you can't play online for free. Sony are alienating a lot of people who are used to how they've handled things with the PS3, including me.

Everybody is lauding sony & slating Microsoft for their respective buisness practises regarding DRM (used games, 24 hour check-up). That when you buy a game for Xbox One you are, essentially, buying something with a used by date, because they can't keep the servers going for the 24 hour check-up forever.

But guess what? That's EXACTLY what Sony do with PS+; the moment you aren't able to renew your subscription e.g. when they turn off the servers, you can't access your bought games. Sure, Sony COULD do a goodwill gesture & let you keep your games when that happens, but they've said nothing of the sort. This is the one reason I don't get PS+ now - but it's a pretty big one. And a lot of people overlook it, while slating Microsoft for only letting you buy the 'license' to play the game.

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MeXiCaNFiGhTe12
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 @ 9:15:08 AM

I love Sony but he is actually kind of right. If it wasn't for Microsoft f-ing up that bad Sony would have probably came up with different rules. I mean come on if you are receiving $50 dollars a month then why charge another $10 when instead you can remove that and look like a hero.

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MeXiCaNFiGhTe12
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 @ 10:15:56 AM

I meant a year.

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___________
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 @ 11:53:12 AM

charging us 150 bucks more for the PS4 than the US for one.
charging for multiplayer another.
cant see how they can jusatify keeping it free on ps3 and vita, yet charge for ps4.
shu said on twitter its because of the share feature, and all new features added to the ps4.
but what does that have to do with multiplayer?
hey, in that case with my ps4 remove the share feature because i wont be using it so i can play MP for free!
most pathetic stupid nonsensical excuse i have EVER heard!

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wackazoa
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 @ 9:54:47 AM
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Prediction: Sony is wanting to get rid of physical copies in the next 2 years. They are gonna strongly push thier digital marketplace to devs, and try to phase out disc based games.

Might as well build good faith now with the removal of online passes. In 2 years it wont matter. This is just like the frog and the pot of water.

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