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Rumor: PS3 Cross-Game Chat Restricted to Paid PSN Subscribers

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253w ago - Sony has previously confirmed that PS3 cross-game voice chat is coming, however, the question now is whether it will be offered only to paid PSN subscribers as part of their upcoming service in 2010.

Today GamesThirst.com (linked above) believes that is the case, based on an excerpt from the latest issue of PlayStation: The Official Magazine (PTOM).

To quote: "Aside from the 3D goodness, cross-game party chat is the obvious "next big feature," even though it might be restricted to paid [PSN] subscribers."

Earlier in the same thread speaking about motion controls, the writer said this:

"Sony's current service is one of the PS3's best features, so we'd begrudgingly welcome a revamped PSN with extra subscriber functionality, like cross-game-chat and exclusive PSN downloads."

So what do you make of all this? Would you pay for cross-game chat on Sony's online service?

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#25 - KakashiHatake18 - 253w ago
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Sony can't risk losing gamers they need all the gamers they can get the finally caught up to the gay box.

#24 - Mantagtj - 253w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by kenshin33 View Post
Sony microsoft / sony all the same, both are corporations ... anything that curtomers are ready to swallow they'll shoot.

Just like EA Kenshin33 I hear you dude, if no one pays what can they do?

#23 - kenshin33 - 253w ago
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Sony microsoft / sony all the same, both are corporations ... anything that curtomers are ready to swallow they'll shoot.

#22 - semitope - 253w ago
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They dont have to start charging, they just have to find a reasonable way to make revenue. How hard is it to match 50$ a year from each person using live gold? It's even hard to understand where the cost is when most everything uses p2p to game. They have to charge for a matchmaking server? I suspect its more about making more money that offsetting a biting cost.

#21 - ztpayne - 253w ago
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As someone mentioned before, Sony probably takes a hit offering free online service all the time, while xbox charges. All of my friends say that Xbox's service is way better than sony's...but if that's even true, it's only because they have a higher budget because of the paid subscriptions. If Sony wants to make their online experience better than Xbox live, they're probably going to have to start charging.

That being said, I think Sony's move as a whole is pretty smart. If they charged the whole populous, then there would be an uproar and they would probably lose a lot of gamers (even though Xbox has been doing the same thing for years). Instead, they're leaving the research and development up to those who want to invest in such.

I realize that the cross-game chat function may be important to a lot of people, and perhaps it's not the best perk to throw in with the paid amount, but maybe they're also doing that to boost the paid subscriptions when the other features come out.


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