MLB: The Show May Get “Online Pass”

Posted August 23rd, 2010 at 11:17 am

News today that Sony is investigating putting together its own “online pass” like system for all first party titles, and that would include the MLB: The Show franchise. EA Sports and THQ now provide one-time-use codes in all sports titles that provide access to online functionality. However for those who pick up the game used it costs $10 to access online play. Presumably Sony is considering something similar that would go into affect in the near future.

No word yet on the specifics of how Sony’s version of the “online pass” would be crafted. Other companies are considering doing something similar or even possibly going the subscription route. So this sure appears as though it is going to be the standard in the industry, however one question that remains considers how some of the sports titles affected have had weak online performance and options. MLB: The Show has consistently been one of the worst online sports games so it begs the question of how seriously consumers will believe online play for it to be a value add-on worth paying more to get into.