Sony Considering Charging for Second-Hand Online Games

Sony Considering Online Fee For Second Hand GamesSony is considering to follow the actions of game developer Electronic Arts to charge users who buy games second hand an online fee, which means that owners of second hand titles will not be able to participate in an online multiplayer game until they pay. THQ and Ubisoft also followed Electronic Arts’ actions afterwards, and now it seems that Sony is considering going through with it.

It seems that the developers do not like the fact that they do not benefit from the “second-hand market”, where players trade games, or sell their old ones for a cheap price. It is sure that many of the publishers and developer believe that this hurts their future and the gaming industry in general.

Sony told Gamesindustry.biz that it supports these plans for a second-hand game online fee, and also that it is thinking to charge for its own first-party titles.

“On the principle of making online portions of the game available or unlocked from the disc-based release for a fee, we’re broadly supportive of that.” Andrew House, Sony’s European president said.

The CEO of Activision Publishing, Bobby Kotick has also suggested a subscription service for the Call of Duty franchise, which sounds ridiculous, because many of the companies, including Sony, wouldn’t go that far.

Source: Digitaltrends and Gamesindustry.biz

Related posts

Plastic Logic Announced QUE proReader

Plastic Logic revealed today its plans to unveil QUE™ (pronounced “Q”), the first proReader designed for business professionals. Premiering January 7, 2010 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas (Central Hall of Las Vegas Convention Center at Booth 11840 anchoring the e-Book Techzone)...

Sony announces Cyber-shot HX1

The Cyber-shot HX1 by Sony, teams stunning picture quality, lightning-fast shooting and powerful creative features in a stylish, supremely easy to use camera. High-zoom Cyber-shot HX1 debuts ‘Exmor’ CMOS sensor Extraordinary image quality plus high-speed shooting • 9.1...

NVIDIA Announced GeForce GT 540M for notebooks

Nvidia has announced in China the first 500M series discrete graphics card which is available first in Acer notebooks and worldwide next month. The new GPU is based on a 40nm manufacturing process and features 96 CUDA cores, GPU clock at 672MHz and  up to 1.5GB GDDR5 or SDDR3 memory at 900MHz...

Leave a comment