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So I'm finally getting back into console gaming and really want the PS3 due to the Uncharted series (loved the first 2) haven't played the 3rd and ..the free online play/access. Well I was talking to my buddy about it and he says one of his sorta family members told him that since the hack on the PSN network to play online you need a access code..and the only way to get these is to buy the game NEW, if you buy it used you won't get this code and won't be able to play online? Supposedly when I called it bull**** he said the guy told him it was Sony's way of getting money back for upgrading their network after the attack.

I still don't believe it and if Sony wanted money wouldn't that be for what the PSN+ is for?

I'm trying to sell my GPU card in sig to buy a PS3 and all that jazz to get me going, but if this is the case I might just head to the Xbox 360 since I like the controller more and the UI is better.
    
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post #2 of 15
PSN+ gets you bonuses like discounted games, or free games while you pay subscription. PSN is still free, free online play etc.

and yes there introducing access codes for online play, to thwart used game sales.
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post #3 of 15
I don't know how reliable these guys are but it looks like what you say is true. Source but this is back from July, 2011.
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PSN is free. Online play will always be free. PSN+ is for the "extras". I've been a member for a couple of months on impulse but it's been worth it so far. Killzone 3 MP for 50% off, get betas and demos earlier, etc. It's not a bad service at all.
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Still free I play MW2 on Ps3
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Psn+ is a waste of money imo.

And all big ps3 games come with an online pass now except for Activision. Which is horrible, but there's no way around it. For online gaming it usually doesn't help buying used.
 
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post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by Hukkel View Post

Psn+ is a waste of money imo.
And all big ps3 games come with an online pass now except for Activision. Which is horrible, but there's no way around it. For online gaming it usually doesn't help buying used.

Okay a bit confused...people in this thread are saying online play is free for used games and your saying its not? Which is it here?
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Hukkel View Post

Psn+ is a waste of money imo.

No way, not in a million years.. unless you on like a very selective amount of games. It's amazing. So many free games, automatic updates, cloud save backups, discounts, ect.

PSN is completely free for everything except PSN plus which I listed the features of above it does not have.

What they mean about used games not being free is, certain games have online passes that are bundled inside the case with the game new. You use it, and the person after you who buys it used cannot use the same code. So he either has to live with out MP, or buy an online pass. This is not exclusive to the PS3, its the developers way of getting money from the used game market.
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OP, If you headed XBOX 360, so I warning you, MSFT doesn't believe any game demo downloads are free for public, but if you wanted to play some or all xbox 360 game demo downloads, then they force you to pay a gold Xbox LIVE subscription. *sucks*
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To summarize, you can play online for free 100%.

PSN+ is just an extra thing you don't need it to play online.

If you want to play online make sure you buy a brand new copy of said game. You DO NOT NEED TO PAY TO PLAY ONLINE. thumb.gif
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