181w ago - Update: According to both PSU.com and VG247.com, 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,...
195w 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,...
211w ago - Update: The official PlayStation Site was recently revamped, and now lists in-game chat for online games as a separate feature and states, to quote:
"Talking with friends or other players in the middle of a game is easy. Chat by text or use your headset to voice chat. You can also add new friends or check other player's profiles (including their Trophy collections) to know who you're up against while you're playing."
Although many are a bit disappointed that yesterday's PS3 Firmware 3.10 update announcement didn't include the cross-game voice chat functionality discussed recently by PSN Director Eric Lempel, it is in the works.
The European Blog's James Thorpe has revealed that cross-game voice chat is coming in response to the question "when is there going to be cross-game voice chat?" regarding the firmware update.
212w ago - During a recent interview with PlayStation: The Official Magazine (PTOM) in the Holiday '09 issue, PSN Director Eric Lempel discusses how Firmware update features are planned and released for the PlayStation 3 and PSP consoles and touches on cross-game voice chat.
To quote: "We go about doing that in a few different ways. We do consumer research in addition to following our roadmap.
We've had a very long roadmap that we've wanted to roll out, and clearly all of them couldn't be rolled out day one when the PS3 launched. So we've been implementing these features as we go along and some of them, and some of them take longer than others."
Lempel continued: "Of course time and manpower always factor in because there aren't limitless resources. And are sometimes key features that must go out in Firmware updates. For example, you saw on September 1, we released a 120GB PS3 and we did a Firmware update, and there were some enhancements in that specifically to bring on the new hardware."
The director of the PlayStation Network further explained: "We absolutely read all the feedback that we see on our blog when we do firmware updates. We have people who look across different forums and different sites. And we also do our own testing - some very extensive testing.."
216w ago - Many are now turning their Sony PSPgo consoles into a cell phones using the Skype VoIP service, which requires an upgrade in service and a small fee but is free to standard users.
If you're not familiar with Skype, it's a voice over IP service, which allows you to call other Skype users over the Internet.
This is done directly from any PC, or in this case any PSPgo (or PSP) connected to the Internet.
To quote: "Skype offers a number of services; the first is their service that provides unlimited calls to landlines, and mobile phone numbers. The second is a phone number plan, which allows you to have your own personal phone number and access to inbound calls.
To access these features, Skype charges a very small fee. To make unlimited calls to land lines, and mobile phones, there's a monthly fee of $1.95. To get your own personal phone number, the monthly fee is a whopping $7.50.
With these two services, you could send, and receive calls at any Wi-Fi Hotspot around town, and if your in one of the Wi-Fi Zones (states/city that have Wi-Fi everywhere), then that's all you need, and enjoy your monthly phone bill of only $10.25."