Today is apparently “online pass” day. Sony’s newly released Resistance 3 launches their own PSN Pass system, new copies of the game including a one-time-use code that enables the title’s online multiplayer. Some good folks, wondering how deep this PSN Pass integration goes, decided to read the fine print and have brought to light a stunning realization: the PSN Pass is tied to a PSN account, not to a PlayStation 3 console.
While Xbox 360 gamers are familiar with this phenomenon, Xbox Live Gold being billed by Gamertag with purchases, again, tied specifically to that Gamertag, the PlayStation 3 has long allowed multiple accounts on one system to, free of charge, engage in online play together. The PSN Pass disables this functionality, unless the second player purchases a second pass for his or her account. In other words, buy one copy of the game to play on one system, but purchase two online passes to play together online with others.
By Shelby Reiches