while listening to sonys representative Scott Rohde interview with Patric, his comment on online passes got me thinking.
so Scott Rohde said in the interview "with ps+ being required to play online games it doesn't make sense to have a online pass in conjunction with that, that is why it is going away"
as my understanding with the current psn is that publishers currently run there own servers for there games and sony has little involvement for 3rd party titles. with ps+ the way i understand it works is by them offering you a free game, sony will pay a fee to the publisher to compensate for you "purchasing" it.
with ps+ being mandatory now to play games online, could sony be using this money to pay publishers when you buy used games. sony patented a method of checking games using a rf tag to see if they are a pirated copy or used even when offline, the theory i am putting out there is that when you put in a used game into a ps4 could it check to see if the game is used and report it to sony and then they pay whatever fee is being given to Microsoft.
if this is true then it is a very clever way of doing the exact same thing. the patented technology will stop them needing to check online but will still check if it is used.the publisher still get there persentage from used games and you never see it happening and to top it all off they give you some free games every month. they get the positive pr the publishers are happy and your a few games better off