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Rumor: Cross-Title Voice Chat For PS3 Confirmed For October?

The PlayStation Network has made great strides over the past few years but there's one feature that many online aficionados continue to miss.

It seems that with every new firmware update, there comes along with it the rumor that Sony will finally be implementing cross-title voice chat. However, that rumor has always fallen through; some believed it'd arrive with the recent update 3.00, but once again, gamers everywhere were disappointed. Will we be disappointed again when firmware 3.10 drops next month? Because the rumor is back again; only this time, it comes from a supposedly reliable VG247 source that says cross-title voice chat will be available "by the end of October." They won't reveal the source but they say it's legitimate and if it is, it'll make plenty of people very happy. It's not a make-or-break feature but it's always a benefit, and in all honesty, it probably should've been available well before now. Now, if I could only find a way to make my headset sync up with the PS3 Slim, I'd be all set...it doesn't seem to be working, so perhaps this feature won't matter to me.

Anyway, this could very well be another set-up for disappointment, but we're hoping this source is indeed telling the truth. Now's the time.

9/24/2009 9:32:19 PM John Shepard

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Comments (68 posts)

souljah92
Thursday, September 24, 2009 @ 10:03:37 PM
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what does cross-title voice chat mean? =S

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kevinater321
Thursday, September 24, 2009 @ 10:06:58 PM

When your in one game you can talk to your friends whom is in another.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, September 24, 2009 @ 11:09:39 PM

only with a celly

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photo K
Friday, September 25, 2009 @ 9:52:49 AM

it sounds simple, but is it really hard to implement for Sony? I've seen this "want" come up so often that I would think it would have been implemented before most of the other firmware update features.

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Highlander
Friday, September 25, 2009 @ 10:04:03 AM

It means that people too lazy to use a telephone can talk crap to people regardless of which game they're using.

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kevinater321
Thursday, September 24, 2009 @ 10:06:28 PM
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I hope so, that would be so cool. Mainly because my friends only play CoD4 and i am really sick of that game so i never really talk to them.

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SerendipityDeus
Thursday, September 24, 2009 @ 10:07:13 PM
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Basically, u could be playing one game and ur friend could be playing another game, and you'd be able to talk to one another w/o the need of both of you having to be playing the same game at the same time, here's hoping its true, would be quite useful for me

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Culoslap
Thursday, September 24, 2009 @ 10:09:02 PM
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Nice that Sony will give us more options if in fact this rumor is legit. I'm totally fine without cross-title chat. I'm also fine with not being able to hear the players on the opposing team. I just want to talk to my friends/teammates.

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Oxvial
Thursday, September 24, 2009 @ 10:10:43 PM
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Hope it happens I really don't care but a lot people like the feature this only leaves Sony with one complaining point...The Backward Compatibility

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LowKey
Thursday, September 24, 2009 @ 10:46:32 PM

ummm... u forgot custom soundtracks, they can play music from the XMB, although they say its up to the game developers, it really doesn't have to be. Its not that hard to do.

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Oxvial
Friday, September 25, 2009 @ 12:21:27 AM

I take a lot of importance in the music department of the games I find like customize the soundtrack kinda kills the atmosphere the developers wanted to give us....but again there's always games with terribad's music.

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Kangasfwa
Friday, September 25, 2009 @ 12:40:09 AM

I think PS3 will get BC again once the PS2 is finally laid to rest.

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iGraves1
Friday, September 25, 2009 @ 2:12:39 AM

I liked the way Killzone did it by letting you play your music during multiplayer only.

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Oxvial
Friday, September 25, 2009 @ 9:59:49 AM

thump downs guy confront me or you are afraid of getting owned?

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inkme101
Thursday, September 24, 2009 @ 10:15:16 PM
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they could bring bc back and everyone would still find something to b**** about!

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Qubex
Thursday, September 24, 2009 @ 11:46:06 PM

Life is about bi*****g!

Q!

"i am home"

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Alienange
Friday, September 25, 2009 @ 12:23:37 PM

Exactly

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Juanalf
Thursday, September 24, 2009 @ 10:27:31 PM
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These rumors about cross-title voice chat have been around for a couple of years now,They pop up maybe once every 3 months or so.If I don't hear it from Sony than I don't hear anything.

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Victor321
Thursday, September 24, 2009 @ 10:37:25 PM
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Whichever way it goes, the PSN is the amazing network it is.

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Xra897
Thursday, September 24, 2009 @ 10:45:22 PM
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i bet after sony updates this people are going to find another thing to complain about psn

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NonProphet
Thursday, September 24, 2009 @ 11:06:05 PM
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Personally, the only thing that is really useful about cross-game voice chat is that it gives xbots a reason to say that Live is better than PSN, if you can call that useful. I'm sure there are some people for whom it would be nice but I won't ever use it, if it actually shows up. Just keep my PSN free and reliable and I'm happy.

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Scarecrow
Thursday, September 24, 2009 @ 11:08:09 PM
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Love the two ps3s image!

This would be interesting, but something I wouldn't actually use.

I don't like to be bothered when I'm playing non-online games.

Anyway, it's JUST a rumor

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Deathstriker
Thursday, September 24, 2009 @ 11:09:30 PM
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i agree with xra they will find another thing to complain about...

it be awesome to have...i mean if u got friends lol

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, September 24, 2009 @ 11:10:21 PM
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when it comes at least itll shut up those Livelovers

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Deathstriker
Thursday, September 24, 2009 @ 11:10:55 PM
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Amen...

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Jawknee
Thursday, September 24, 2009 @ 11:29:09 PM
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Is this the feature all the Xbots brag about? The same feature highlander likens to a telephone? Lol

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maxpontiac
Thursday, September 24, 2009 @ 11:42:28 PM

You are correct.

When I had a 360 and a Live account, I actually really liked having the private chat feature. I usually only play with one person at a time, so it worked really well.

It's the only thing I want on the PSN that Live has.

It's a rumor, so I am not even going to expect anything.

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Jawknee
Thursday, September 24, 2009 @ 11:49:23 PM

I don't even own a blue tooth head set and mic. So this feature won't serve a purpose for me. But at least those of you who want it may get it.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, September 25, 2009 @ 12:25:35 AM

I got a cheap one, but I hardly use it. I don't usually need the rest of the world to hear me say "Sh*t!" then someone gives me a headshot from afar.

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kreate
Friday, September 25, 2009 @ 3:05:54 AM

its good that ps3 have it cuz.. supposedly. xbox live is the best cuz they got this 1 feature.

i honestly think both psn and xbox live is great and are in equal terms offering different experiences. except.. i dont like the paying part.

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Alienange
Friday, September 25, 2009 @ 12:28:03 PM

@ maxpontiac - but if you're playing with one person at a time why not just use the in game voice chat and mute the other one or two that have a headset?

@ WorldEndsWithMe - Thanks for making me lol.

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dveisalive
Thursday, September 24, 2009 @ 11:52:03 PM
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I hope that this is true I have been waiting for this feature and GT5 for ever! I am tired of my friends ringing my cell phone like crazy even though we can text eachother but I get tired of typing you know cause your voice is faster than typing lol

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Highlander
Friday, September 25, 2009 @ 10:09:17 AM

Pick up your phone, answer the call and put it on speaker.

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Alienange
Friday, September 25, 2009 @ 12:29:30 PM

@ TheHighlander - That only works if you live alone. Usually someone at my house wants to use the phone between my three hour online gaming sessions.

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Splinky
Friday, September 25, 2009 @ 12:01:41 AM
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How am I supposed to coordinate an attack on MAG whilst I talk to my best buds who play SOCOM? Maybe a switch between ingame-chat and cross-chat? kewl.

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kreate
Friday, September 25, 2009 @ 12:09:26 AM
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well.. the ps3 has cross text chat, something the xbox doesnt have.

i hope the new cross chat is both voice and text put together.

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___________
Friday, September 25, 2009 @ 2:09:07 AM
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i dont have a headset because i would probably get banned from PSN with all the swearing i do.
and having to put up with those f***ing lebs and there f***ing RMB blasting through their stereo.
i would tell them off and start a huge argument.

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Diggity Dan
Friday, September 25, 2009 @ 8:01:50 AM

Seriously...that music blasting was SO ANNOYING before IW implemented a "mute" function in COD4. EVERY online game should be required to offer that option. Did they ever implement that in Motorstorm Pacific Rift?

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___________
Sunday, September 27, 2009 @ 8:21:58 AM

not sure, havent played that since release day.

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frylock25
Friday, September 25, 2009 @ 2:09:19 AM
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speculation of a rumor based on hear-say from someone that heard comfimation of the rumor

next article is the rumor of confirmation ;)

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Ivan_PSP
Friday, September 25, 2009 @ 2:16:49 AM
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I hope is true but we all know is just a rumor soon to be another lie.

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chucknasty
Friday, September 25, 2009 @ 2:40:38 AM
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So now I can have conversations with my friends while we are focused on the game we are palying instead of each other? Wow, that sounds really...dumb. A converstion that consists of the sound of each other breathing occasionally broken with an expletive or an "I wish you could have seen what I just did" just doesn't seem that appealing.

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SkantDragon
Friday, September 25, 2009 @ 3:47:23 AM

Some gamers just play by themselves. Some want to play with friends. It seems that the former don't really understand the latter.

Without cross game chat, it is very hard to organize games with friends. Don't just think about talking while in game... think about the whole thing.

You start talking to your friend. You talk about what game to play. You both launch that game. You probably have to do some coordination to get connected to each other. And you probably have to continue to do coordination as things move on... to get into the same squad, for instance. Or get to the same place on the map.

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Highlander
Friday, September 25, 2009 @ 10:07:48 AM

@dragon

Some gamers play with themselves?

Newsflash!!

;)

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SkantDragon
Friday, September 25, 2009 @ 3:36:59 AM
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I think you're underestimating the importance of this feature. If you have friends you're trying to play games with online (versus just playing with random people), it is currently nearly impossible to coordinate matters without resorting to some other medium such as a telephone.

The lack of cross game chat pretty much kills the whole point of even having a friends list.

I mean... if I have a friend that I would like to get together with online to play a particular game... how do I do that?

And how do we move on to the next game when we're tired of it?

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Diggity Dan
Friday, September 25, 2009 @ 7:52:30 AM

I don't have a group of ppl I play regualrly with online, but I can see your point here. The chat feature would make it easier to coordinate game launching.

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Alienange
Friday, September 25, 2009 @ 12:33:30 PM

For that to work on PS3 you would be doing voice chat in the XMB with any friends that are online. I think I'd like that.

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Fane1024
Sunday, September 27, 2009 @ 3:08:39 AM

@ Skant

While I agree cross-game voice chat would make it easier, there are plenty of mechanisms to help coordinate game launching:
Home
PSN messages
Text chat rooms
Video chat rooms (I suppose)
The "current game" indicators on the friends list

I think you're overestimating the importance of this feature.


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Ricochet
Friday, September 25, 2009 @ 5:21:53 AM
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Learned my lesson in FW 3.00. I'll wait a week or so and observe the feedback from the community. Any freezing/idiotic problems that stems from this update, at least I still retain the original firmware till all problems are cleared...

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Blaiyan
Friday, September 25, 2009 @ 5:43:24 AM
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I'll see. Hopefully EA are getting out of the way.

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Imagi
Friday, September 25, 2009 @ 6:35:10 AM
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good news, just some type of party system to go

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Douchebaguette
Friday, September 25, 2009 @ 7:00:17 AM
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Cross-Title coice chat is kinda silly anyway.

I mean, I use Skype with my friend, and when we're playing a different game, the fun in talking completely dies down due to the fact that he's concentrating on another thing. Then you talk about funny moments happening in your game, but your friend can't relate to it at all because he ain't there. Only good thing with this feature is if you want to hear about the drama and suspense in their daily problems.


The best thing that CTVC is good for is when it turns into an in-game private voice chat [when you talk to chosen players in same game] - No need to hear "BLAHDAGCKUGSDLCIG" from the sheer amount of people [especially when a game has finish in KZ2] and no need to hear and singly mute any asshats [Socom].

Let's not forget the music. There should be an ability to play music during EVERYTHING. Got my computer speakers for that though.

Also, see what I did there? Have your PS3 in the same room as your PC [or even next to it on the very same desk if your TV is small enough], then you can play music, Skype, browse, msn, and play online PS3 games without difficulty.

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SkantDragon
Friday, September 25, 2009 @ 6:00:40 PM

The point of cross game chat isn't to be able to play different games than your friends are while still talking to them per say. As you say, that would be a bit silly.

The point is to be able to call them up even if they're playing a different game and coordinate to get into the same game together.

Right now, you can only talk once you're both running the same game, connected to the same server, etc etc. How do you get there in the first place? You need a continuous voice line that isn't interrupted by anything including loading screens and game mode switches.

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Andysw
Friday, September 25, 2009 @ 7:38:10 AM
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If this is true, then psn > xbox live confirmed.

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Alienange
Friday, September 25, 2009 @ 12:35:13 PM

That was quite a while ago.

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G8GTdriver
Friday, September 25, 2009 @ 8:56:58 AM
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I hope it gets this feature for the pure fact it'll give people one less thing to complain about. I find myself muting most everyone in the room because thier constant talking to others at thier house and/or blasting whatever crap they are listening too. Maybe it's because I have 8 PSN friends but I don't see myself using this feature much.

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pavlovic
Friday, September 25, 2009 @ 9:10:28 AM
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I really wish that Cross-Title Voice Chat never make it to the PS3.

It's a feature that many people uses to cheat in multiplayer games. You always are with the mic open, it doesn't matter if you are alive or not, because you are not using the game's communications, you're using the system's.

That would really ruin games like Socom...

And I've seen this in the 360, so I really know what I'm taking about

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Highlander
Friday, September 25, 2009 @ 10:06:42 AM
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I don't honestly think I could care any less about this feature - cross game voice chat. I'm so sick of it being held up like it's some kind of talisman of goodness for a game console. Game consoles are about the games, they're not about making bloody phone calls. If Sony wants to invest some time in new features for their firmware, at least focus the features on games, like for example PS2 compatibility. Yeah, yeah, I know. Sony says no, not ever to this. They've said no, not ever about a lot of things, so excuse me if I disbelieve.

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Metallisnake
Friday, September 25, 2009 @ 10:40:48 AM

Highlander ur right this feature is kewl and all but bc would benefit so much better cause u could simply call ur buddy.........but u have more than like 50 to 100 ps2 games u want to play again

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SkantDragon
Friday, September 25, 2009 @ 5:47:53 PM

It doesn't matter to me whether the 360 has this feature. Yes, I know the xbots rant about these things. Just set that aside for a minute, please. I'm very much a hardcore PlayStation fan.

If you're trying to hang out with your friends online and play games with them, it's pretty hard to do without cross game chat.

I'm guessing that if you think the feature is useless, you aren't trying to game with your friends online. You're playing single player or content to play with random strangers online.

Personally, I want to be able to play with my friends online primarily. And the PS3 is still lacking in providing ways to really do that. And cross game chat is the glue that would make that work if it existed as a feature of the PS3.

A lot of gamers may not care about that if they don't care about gaming with their friends online. But a large portion of gamers do want that. Myself included.

I'm hoping that this feature has been built into the 3.0 release. Sony seems to release major updates with the features initially disabled so that they can get everything all stabilized before turning on these features one by one. So it's the 'minor updates' that actually turn on major new features that came with the big updates. I'm pretty sure we haven't seen what 3.0 is really capable of yet.

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Metallisnake
Friday, September 25, 2009 @ 10:38:22 AM
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Man I already heard this song before this rumor needs to kiss its ass good bye and just come.....and agree that I don't wanna be bother wen I'm playin certain games for example rpgs u need all ur concentration in rpgs to get that epic item of a startegy to beat the boss u know wat I mean n turn based games FTW!!!!!!!!

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sonic1899
Friday, September 25, 2009 @ 10:46:15 AM
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i wonder who requested the cross game chat. actual gamers or sony fanboys who wanted to have every feature the xbox has

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Highlander
Friday, September 25, 2009 @ 12:10:15 PM

Actually, I believe it was the Xbox community who ever tire of presenting cross game chat as if it was a mandatory feature. Quite why Sony feels the need to respond is beyond me.

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SkantDragon
Friday, September 25, 2009 @ 5:51:42 PM

It's requested by actual gamers. Gamers who like to play online with their friends want it very badly. More solitary gamers, of course, could care less.

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Alienange
Friday, September 25, 2009 @ 12:38:56 PM
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People pay money for this?

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HANZ64
Friday, September 25, 2009 @ 1:08:28 PM

Yeah, It's probably one of the few things Xbox-live has over the PSN, but is it worth the money? No.

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JackC8
Friday, September 25, 2009 @ 6:47:48 PM
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I hope they never implement it. I have no interest in it and I enjoy listening to people complain that they don't have it. If you can't keep your trap shut for long enough to play a video game, maybe you should look into getting some Attention Deficit Disorder medication. Or maybe, just maybe, go outside and actually do something more interesting!

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Snorge
Friday, September 25, 2009 @ 11:22:30 PM
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JackC8, are you really a gamer? You sound very much like you don't want that feature on the system, but I see no reason why not? If you don't like the feature don't use it, but having both system I totally agree with SkantDragon. It is very hard to get friends together on one game without some third party way or using the PS3 texting. Come on, this is 2009, and in my opinion the PS3 is far superior to the 360 in just about everyway except one: Communication. A true gamer would want to have every possible outlet available (within reason) to have a more enjoyable experience. And this is very much reasonable. If you or anyone else like to play alone, then fine by me, but for the people who are a little bit more open minded to this much awaited aspect (along with in game music) deserve to have it if its possible and within means. Understood this is possibly a rumor, but if it ever does materialize, I will be one Uber happy gamer.

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