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Sony Confirms PS3 Firmware 3.40 Arrives June 22 and More!

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241w ago - Update: According to both [Register or Login to view links] and [Register or Login to view links], Sony has confirmed that cross-game voice chat is currently not part of PlayStation Plus.

Today a sleuth from TheGamerAccess.com (linked above) has spotted as part of an E3 2010 press release confirmation by Sony that the rumored PS3 Firmware 3.40 update will arrive on June 22, 2010 and likely will include the long-awaited PS3 cross-game voice chat!

To quote from the Press Release: "PlayStation users can purchase PlayStation Plus membership through PlayStation Store on PS3 only.

Users need to install PS3 system software version 3.40, which will be released on June 22nd, to enjoy PlayStation Plus."

Finally, to further substantiate this news, on Sony's official Portugese Web site it states: "Cross-game Voice Chat: invite your friends to chat online no matter what game you're all playing,...
 

Video: PlayStation Eye Chat: Shatter PS3 Multiplayer

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252w ago - Sony's Social Media Senior Specialist Chris Morell has shared a PlayStation Eye Chat video today showcasing Shatter PS3 multiplayer.

To quote: [Register or Login to view links] is easily one of my favorite PSN games from last year. So when we heard rumblings of multiplayer and other modes/features coming to the game, we went to go straight to the source for all the details.

So I'd like to welcome back Mario Wynands, Managing Director and Co-Founder of [Register or Login to view links], whom you originally met here. If you still haven't downloaded Shatter on PSN/PS3, you'll get a nice intro to the game in this video.

But beyond that, Mario talks about some in-the-works stuff including Home integration, the inclusion of multiplayer modes and even the release of the game's soundtrack.

And if you make it to the end of the video, you'll get a close-up of the physical CD version of the soundtrack, which you can snag by paying close attention to our [Register or Login to view links] today.




 

Hustle Kings Adds PS3 Video Chat, Voice Chat & Game Launching

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255w ago - SCEA's Associate Producer Michael Pulst has announced that Hustle Kings added PS3 video chat, voice chat and game launching today.

To quote: Since the game launched, the Hustle Kings team has been watching with interest how the game has been received and where you guys think it can be made even better.

After weighing up a lot of commentary from the community and how we've seen the game played online, we're gearing up to release our first title update for the game. First out of the gate, we've added some amazing new features that will greatly enhance your experience with Hustle Kings, as well as some general updates to the game as listed below:

• General improvements to game stability
• In-game Voice Chat
• In-game Video Chat
• Game Launching from PlayStation Home
• More stats for the loading screens
• The sound effect for the chalk has been turned down
• Chalk can now be used by pressing the R3 button as well as shaking your SIXAXIS
• Free Play mode
• Blue chalk only online rooms
• Online: Opponents are now allowed to change view while watching the player at the table
• Online: The player that breaks is now randomly chosen
• A new, "minimal" aim line
• Dampening effect on the pockets,...
 

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

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258w 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?
 

Sony's PS3 Gets a New Invite System for Text Chatting

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259w ago - Today SCEE's Community Team Moderator Yaster has [Register or Login to view links] the PS3 entertainment system's new invite system for text chatting that is built into the PlayStation 3 XMB.

To use it, simply head to a Chat Room, load up a supported game and click the relevant option (for Bioshock 2, this is "Manage Invites". From there, select the empty box at the top as normal.

When you do this, though, in addition to inviting from your friends list or a new Online ID, you'll see Invite From Chat Room - click it, and the XMB will list your current Chat Rooms - pick one and it'll invite everyone in that lobby.

Currently supported games are limited to Bioshock 2, The Aliens vs Predator Demo and Call of Duty: Classic but hopefully the number of titles with this new feature will grow.

From the guide, to quote: How to invite chat room players into a (supported) game

Hot on the heels of my previous guide to "that" invite system in MW2 I now bring you something which I think a few of may not be aware of.

The PlayStation 3 firmware has a feature which allows you to invite players in your active text chat room straight into...
 
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