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February 17, 2010 // 12:08 am - 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 (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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#15 - semitope - February 17, 2010 // 8:41 am
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Unfortunately this feature is something that would enhance the online gaming aspect of PSN. They really are being lamers if they make it subscription only. It would make PSN a bit easier to use.

#14 - GooeyFinger - February 17, 2010 // 8:22 am
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Quote Originally Posted by 991980 View Post
i would like the chat to be more user friendly like the 360 chat system,start a group or pick a friend and chat.I've only been using the ps3 for a few months but it does seem to be lacking in the communications department.

Xbox has been charging you since day one. They better have better options then ps3 in terms of online use.

Considering the advantages and disadvantages, I wouldn't mind it being for paid subscriptions only. As long as online play in general is free, I'll take the gaming over having a the option to conversation outside the game anytime.

#13 - jimmyo88 - February 17, 2010 // 7:20 am
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Personally, I would not be prepared to pay for chat and think that the whole idea of charging for something which has been free over the internet in various ways for years is ridiculous.

What I would be prepared to pay for, say at a cost of no more than £6 a mounth, would be better, faster servers. I use Newsgroups and downloading a 7gig file on my 20meg connection takes no longer than an hour and a half. It would be interesting to see Sony look at putting Demos and Videos on servers such as these to allow full speed downloads.

P.S. Big thanks and shouts to CJPC, Geohot, Boss, SKFU and all others involved in the scene. See far too many people doing this in hacking related articles and it just fills the article up with crap instead of useful information.

#12 - hoffmann277 - February 17, 2010 // 7:02 am
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If this turns out to be true, and the voice chat is peer to peer and not through any of their servers, I can honestly say my next system won't be a Sony. That's ridiculous.

#11 - 991980 - February 17, 2010 // 6:11 am
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I would like the chat to be more user friendly like the 360 chat system, start a group or pick a friend and chat. I've only been using the ps3 for a few months but it does seem to be lacking in the communications department.

#10 - cyberbob - February 17, 2010 // 5:57 am
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I hope it's not true because the cross game chat is a very good thing. If we had to paid, i'll will be like the xboxlive.

#9 - Rahimamir786 - February 17, 2010 // 5:46 am
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Guys stop whining... It's just a rumor damn it.

#8 - Kellog - February 17, 2010 // 4:38 am
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Hard to believe this could be true. I have been waiting cross game chat forever, but if it's gonna be charged service, it will be meaningless for me. Even if I would be ready to pay for the service, probably most of my friends would not and buying the service would not help me anyway.

The only way this could have any meaning, would be, if it would be enough that for example the connection maker would have paid for the service.

Not a big thing anyway, have been using messenger/skype/gsm for same purpose years now and not a good enough reason to begin pay for any extra service.

I don't doubt there will be some chargeable psn services, but I don't believe cross game chatting will be one of them.

#7 - kakarotoks - February 17, 2010 // 2:32 am
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Humm, I don't think this would work.. I don't think they would have a reason for charging people for such a feature.. I work on VoIP technologies, and I'm pretty sure that at least 95% of the users will be able to establish a peer to peer connection, so you'd only be paying for a few protocol messages? I don't think so... maybe they can make their relay servers (for the remaining 5% that are firewalled and behind symetric NATs) on the paid service.. something like "advanced connectivity success for cross game chat"...

But like Zoddi said, it all depends on how much you'd have to pay.. and obviously, this service would be one of many advantages coming with a paid subscription.. so it's not like the price only applies to that feature...

p.s: I really don't care about cross game chat, and I would never use it, even for free...

#6 - shummyr - February 17, 2010 // 1:29 am
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I honestly don't see this working out well, due to the fact that this has been promised since launch almost. Making people pay for something that should be free.