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272w 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?

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

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#25 - KakashiHatake18 - 272w 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 - 272w 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 - 272w 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 - 272w 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 - 272w 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.

#20 - hoffmann277 - 272w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by Zerotacg View Post
The ps3 has just 256 mb ram, I somewhere saw a list of what takes up how much. Each feature you use from the XMB uses some ram up you can't use for the game. Most games don't even run on full HD ressolution, some lag bad or have low FPS.

So I vote "less crap, more HD Games, good FPS ingame". No matter if the feature is useful or not, I'd rather have the games run smooth on high res then have some XMB stuff eat up all ressources.

Totally hear you. To address this limitation I'd hope one or some of the next-gen of systems has dedicated ram/power or whatever's necessary toward social functions, widgets, and the like.

#19 - Zerotacg - 272w ago
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The ps3 has just 256 mb ram, I somewhere saw a list of what takes up how much. Each feature you use from the XMB uses some ram up you can't use for the game. Most games don't even run on full HD ressolution, some lag bad or have low FPS.

So I vote "less crap, more HD Games, good FPS ingame". No matter if the feature is useful or not, I'd rather have the games run smooth on high res then have some XMB stuff eat up all ressources.

#18 - XiLE - 272w ago
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Could be a devious plan

Wait until people have almost given up on cross-game-chat, then release it but charge them for the privilege. Naughty Sony

Could just be a rumour though

#17 - Raze1988 - 272w ago
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No, I wouldn't pay for that. I want it, but I don't really need it. Lived without it for years now.

#16 - Tristan Young - 272w ago
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Hell no.

I plan to invest my money only in really good games, and perhaps the occasional add-on for a game. Why would I want to pay to chat? I can chat for free other ways.

As much as I love my PS3, I'm not tied to the platform. If Sony wants to make mistakes that will turn their target audience off the Sony brand, let them. They've already lost me with their crappy TV's and piss-poor sound systems.

So yeah, Sony can offer it for free if they are serious about competing with free telephony services available elsewhere. Just remember, most of us didn't buy a PS3 to talk to people. Those that actually do care about chat don't need to line Sony's pockets in order to do it. Free or forget it.