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