Sony has confirmed the existence of the PSN Pass scheme, after a picture of the Resistance 3 box sporting its moniker circulated online.

The PSN Pass will be game specific and will allow people who have brought original copies of PS3 games, such as Resistance 3 in this case, access to exclusive online content.

"We are always evaluating new programs for our online offering, and starting with Resistance 3 this September, we will be instituting a network pass program for PS3 games with online capabilities," Sony said in a statement.

"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.

"This is an important initiative as it allows us to accelerate our commitment to enhancing premium online services across our first party game portfolio."

The move is similar to schemes offered by EA, THQ, Codemasters and Warner and makes buying games second hand a less attractive prospect.