Hackers, pirates and punk kids (which, incidentally, make up the latter two categories) are all things Sony, and any console manufacturer, want to keep off their shiny consoles once they’re connected to the internet. And while there is no real circumvention method that will achieve that goal, Sony have come up with a way to make online gaming just a little more annoying.
From the release of Resistance 3 in September this year, first-party titles appearing on the PlayStation 3 that will allow access to online features will require players to input an enclosed unique code. No code, no online. The system will fall under the “PSN Pass” moniker.
“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.” Sony confirmed.
“This is an important initiative as it allows us to accelerate our commitment to enhancing premium online services across our first party game portfolio.”
Players who prefer to buy used games will be able to purchase a code from the PlayStation Store – how much and how often are details that will presumably be revealed later.
Of course, those who don’t wish to play their game online, or access online features, will likely not have to worry about the code – the system seems to be for registering and unlocking the online mode, rather than registering the game before it’s playable.
EA Games and THQ are using similar systems already in various games.