I bought a used copy of "Medal of Honor" for my PS3 the last days. As I opened the case there was a paper with a used online pass on it. Because I never owned a game which needed an online pass I started the multiplayer directly to check if I can play without buying a new one. After skipping the purchase of a new online pass (10€ btw) I could play online just like a normal game without such mechanics.
Due to this EA-article I assumed that the online pass is no longer needed, but I can't find much more information.
Do I still need an Online Pass to play multiplayer games online?
For new EA titles, Online Pass will no longer be needed or included. Additionally, we are in the process of eliminating Online Pass requirements from existing EA games. This process will take several weeks. For some games, the prompt to enter an Online Pass code will no longer appear; for others, you will still need to download and install an Online Pass, but they will be available free of charge from the Xbox LIVE Marketplace or PlayStation Store.
So my question is: Does Medal of Honor still need an online pass - the prompt to enter one is still there - and if so, what are the benefits of it? I could play without entering an online pass perfectly.