Might Cross-Game Chat Be A Premium PSN Feature?
Cross-game chat is a major feature for online functionality that hasn't yet been added to the PS3's repertoire. We keep hearing that it's coming, but it may come with a bit of a twist...
According to Games Thirst citing an article in the latest PTOM issue, cross-game chat may be a feature for which you have to pay. In the article, there are a couple of quotes that might indicate a paid subscription will be necessary to access the feature in question, and the first reads:
"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."
The second reads:
"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."
We know a paid subscription option is coming to the PSN, but this is the first we're hearing that cross-game chat may be one of the "premium" features. The question is, what do you think about this? For the record, Sony has no intention of charging to play online; the premium subscription service will simply give you access to other things, like early demos, extra add-on content and other bonuses. But shouldn't cross-game chat be free for all because it relates to online gaming? Granted, Xbox Live is a paid service so we can't say 360 owners get this feature for free but even so, we're willing to bet that most PS3 owners believe cross-game chat should come free of charge.
2/16/2010 8:58:30 PM Ben Dutka