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Sony Confirms Pass System, Implementation with Resistance 3 Launch

Sony Corp. has confirmed a new pass system for PlayStation games in order to curb sale of second hand games and maintain the content online.

According to Computer and Videogames (opens in new tab), Sony Corp. has incorporated a Pass code for its Play Station with gaming title Resistance 3, which is scheduled to release in September this year. The pass is required to access the complete content or higher levels of the game online.

“This is an important initiative as it allows us to accelerate our commitment to enhancing premium online services across our first party game portfolio", Sony stated.

The PSN Pass is similar to that offered by Electronic Arts (EA) and THQ who have started to charge an extra fee to access the content of a game on web.

The pass system started by Sony is an attempt to keep the first party gaming titles from second hand gamers and publishers from losing money.

Executives at Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) including Rob Dyer, Senior Vice President of publisher relations along with Andrew House, chief of PlayStation business have approved the step, clarifying that the company is frustrated with the second hand gaming industry prevalent in the market causing publishers huge loss in revenue every year.

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