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In-Game Soundtracks Off Limits To PS3?

Update: Just to clarify, while it is true that Microsoft owns the patent on this particular feature, Sony can still offer custom soundtracks...only in a slightly different way. You may notice that some PS3 and PSP games allow players to do this already, but not in a way that goes against Microsoft's patent.

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Sony has already added plenty in the way of enhancements and upgrades to the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Network, but one of the most popular features only available on the Xbox 360 may never arrive. As it turns out, Microsoft actually owns the patent on custom in-game soundtracks, which has been available in past Xbox and Xbox 360 titles.

According to Ripten, in-game soundtracks may forever stay with Microsoft consoles - despite what you may have heard about the upcoming Cross Media Bar for the PS3 - because MS holds the patent for soundtracks created by the player. Perhaps some of you remember titles like Dead or Alive: Xtreme Beach Volleyball, which allowed the user to burn songs from CDs onto the system, thereby letting you listen to your favorite tracks when playing the game. Evidently, Microsoft secured this feature for the new generation when they were awarded the patent in mid-2006. It's called the "Method and Apparatus for Creating and Playing Soundtracks in a Gaming System," and unfortunately for PS3 owners, MS has the exclusive rights to it. Sorry, guys.

We suppose Sony could find a way to produce a feature that's similar (but not the same) and implement it, but that would require finding a technical loophole of some kind. Maybe they can find it...maybe they can't. But the bottom line is, customizable in-game soundtracks may be out of the question for Sony platforms.

3/31/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (17 posts)

Zapix
Monday, March 31, 2008 @ 10:18:02 PM
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how can you patent the ability to simply play custom music on a game? That seems kinda rediculous really. I mean, look at Wipeout Pulse. The game has an ingame ability to add up to 30 of your own songs. Maybe the encoding software they own, but surely they can't own the rights to how people can listen to music. LOL

Secondly, the PS3 allows you to copy MP3 files directly, am I wrong? The XBOX360 requires you encode the MP3 on the 360 off the Audio CD. I can see them owning the rights to that maybe. Not the ability how people play them.

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TKB
Monday, March 31, 2008 @ 11:06:21 PM
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MS also owns the patent for "turning on a console through use of an ON button" and, suprisingly, MS also owns the patent for the Playstation 3 itself, little known fact. Among this list include:

"recycling carbon dioxide into a single oxygen molecule and carbon monoxide" (otherwise known as breathing) as well as multiple methods of sleeping, including "repose performed while one is on their right side, stomach, or back" (Nintendo beat them to the sleeping on your left side patent)

However, MS does hold the coveted patent to God.

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ThePoetRazel
Tuesday, April 01, 2008 @ 5:32:25 AM

Unfortunately for MS they never heard Nietzsche's warning about a dead product. lol

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K Phantom
Monday, March 31, 2008 @ 11:24:04 PM
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Wait I don't get it. They are MY soundtracks, so why can't SONY add a feature to my PS3 that uses a little RAM for me to listen to my tunes while playing GTAIV. I mean if one of the radio stations in GTA plays holla back girl i will just kill myself. just joking but i really like to listen to my music in video games and not the crap in Burnout paradise or the GTA soundtracks. P.S. why is SONY just so late all the time, first the Wiimote motion sensor and now this? They should seriously get some spies, cuz i think MS have some spies working in japan!

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PSN _HAITIAN_JB
Tuesday, April 01, 2008 @ 12:10:24 AM
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Yeah we'll call it ps spy..lol

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McWhoopin
Tuesday, April 01, 2008 @ 1:05:54 AM
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psst....you guys do realize that this is an April Fools Day Joke right??? There are already games out for the PS3 that have the ability to import music from your drive(MLB08 The Show) and several more to follow. Importing songs from the drive is part of the software from the game, it doesn't have much to do with the system.

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Gabriel013
Tuesday, April 01, 2008 @ 1:49:08 AM
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I was hoping this would be an Aprils Fools as this is the beggest feature I want to see.

the guys at PSXE are being very devious today :D

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NetheRealm
Tuesday, April 01, 2008 @ 1:50:27 AM
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I agree Burnout would be so much better with customized soundtracks or any game for that matter but this can't be true or microsoft would be suing Super Stardust HD right now.

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dillonthebunny
Tuesday, April 01, 2008 @ 5:06:15 AM
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i dont like custom soundtracks. takes all the effort and shine off a good game imo. what if GTA never had its music?

and if its april fools.. lol, i have no idea whats true and whats not true today, you have achieved your goal! lol

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ThePoetRazel
Tuesday, April 01, 2008 @ 5:34:19 AM
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Toca, GTA:LCS, GTA:VCS. I do beleive the PSP is a Sony product.
Nice try PSX guys. Better luck next year.

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Minishmaru
Tuesday, April 01, 2008 @ 7:49:28 AM
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Those are OUR songs that we bought or downloaded for free/fee. How the hell can MS patent having custom music...IN A GAME! thats the most retarded thing I've ever heard of...and I've heard of alot of retarded things in my lifetime...like 360 kicks PS3s ass :-P

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Thechin80
Tuesday, April 01, 2008 @ 8:44:53 AM
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Thats the dumbest thing i've ever heard.MLB 08: The Show for PS3 lets you do custom soundtrack with the PS3.So where's the dang Patent then?!

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bamf
Tuesday, April 01, 2008 @ 11:56:58 AM
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The PS3 has always had the ability to play custom sountracks, its been down to the devs to add this feature.
Whether Microsoft has the patent for in-game custom soundtracks or not, what we PS3 users are after is in-game xmb so we can also access our music folder and play any music in the background over any game just like the 360. So the PS3 is running the game and playing the music seperately, surely thats different to in-game custom soundtracks?

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AnonymousPoster
Tuesday, April 01, 2008 @ 1:39:48 PM
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You are all APRIL FOOLS!!

Can't wait to pick up my $150 PS3 and FFVII Remake too :-)

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Bugzbunny109
Tuesday, April 01, 2008 @ 4:59:33 PM
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MS is so gay, they are little faggets that like to kiss each other to try and make good games(which they never did) oh yea i have the best idea sony can use, why dont they make tabs or something like that, like on the web browser. So you can be playing a game, go to a music tab then play it and go back to your game tab, they could also do that for many things, like videos or pictures, thats different from MS idea.

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Gabriel013
Wednesday, April 02, 2008 @ 1:45:38 AM
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With my 360 I can add my own tracks to a game via XMB. I take it this is the patented part. We need to get on to PS3 developers to release patches so that within the games there are options to pull through our own music. The standard tracks on GT5p are mostly rubbish.

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SHADOW [Moderator]
Saturday, April 05, 2008 @ 6:57:42 PM
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@bugz: the xmb is one of the great ideas sony has come up with. your tab idea is essentially what the 360 uses and it is kinda crappy on the 360 so why would sony want it?

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