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Video Unlimited Preview Arrives For PlayStation Store

Hey look, another incentive to be a PlayStation Plus subscriber. But then again, maybe you're just willing to wait.

Today, Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) and Sony Network Entertainment (SNEI) have announced that the new Video Unlimited preview application is now available on the PlayStation Store in the US and Canada.

Plus users will be able to download the feature and "experience a new, intuitive way to navigate and discover video content on PS3." Not only does the application have the same content found in the existing Store video delivery service, the app also boasts "endless related search results via a whole new way to discover content for purchase or rent." While Plus members have access now, all PSN users will be able to sample the Video Unlimited preview app on October 11. It's free to download for everyone, so why not give it a try?

Now, about that cross-game chat feature we've been talking about for oh, let's see, years...?

Tags: psn, playstation network, ps plus, video unlimited preview

9/27/2011 9:10:47 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (18 posts)

maxpontiac
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 @ 9:29:15 AM
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Truth be told, Playstation Plus is looking better by the month. Cross game chat would seal the deal for millions.

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Stabs88
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 @ 1:22:56 PM

I didnt use it that much when i had a 360, but ive heard so many people talk about how they want cross game chat. It would make a world of difference, least 50% or more would go Plus.

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kevinater321
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 @ 9:34:19 AM
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Sony said that cross game chat is physically impossible. When the ps3 came out it wasn't a though, so they gave all the RAM to the devs. So the ps3 just isn't powerful enough for cgc. The only reason why the xbox is able to is because they set aside RAM when the console came out to be used for menus and such. Probably the smartest thing Microsoft did with the 360...

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jaybiv
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 @ 3:09:58 PM

Sony also once said the Sixaxis could not have rumble due to a technical issue. It is possible, but at what cost and what's the return on the investment?

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Highlander
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 @ 10:04:31 PM

Well you get a cigar for trying, but I'll take it back because you wen't wrong.

The PS3 doesn;t have cross game chat because it was not implemented in the beginning. Had Cross game chat been one of the priorities earlier in the life of the PS3 it could have been added. However, it was not. Over time Sony has reduced the memory footprint of the OS and given more features at the same time. However Cross game chat is a significant function and would require sufficient memory to implement that either the amount of memory the resident OS uses would increase, or other functionality would have to be dropped. Since you can't take back the memory you've given to devs to use and you can't yank functionality that's already in the OS and used in games, you can't add cross game chat.

That's got nothing to do with the PS3 being powerful enough, and everything to do with Cross game chat not being a huge priority (rightly so) for Sony. This insistence on Cross game chat is largely a North American market phenomenon, and in reality a really small feature in any case.

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firesoul453
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 @ 8:41:27 AM

They did give up about 6 mbs or ram in an update quite a while ago but nothing is impossible, and I bet if they optimize one part of their menu or another they can get enough ram back.

Or they could just get all their francises to implement a global chat, but then it would only work on new games.


Either way its a feature I never used once on the 360 and would probably never use if it came to the ps3

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 @ 10:04:21 AM
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So it's just a search engine for more stuff I have to pay for to waste hard drive space on? Lame. Just have a subscription service for unlimited video content now that Netflix is on its knees getting beaten like a redheaded stepchild.

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karneli lll
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 @ 2:20:59 PM

Lets not forget its Sony and Stars who are pulling the content from Netflix, maybe Sony has plans for unlimited streaming?!!

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tlpn99
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 @ 2:04:10 PM
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Surely though the PS Vita is having Cross game chat surely this could happen on the PS3 ? If not they may screw up, do they not realise cross game chat would make possibly loads of people buy more PS3's. I know loads of people that say oh I dont want it you can't talk to your mates playing different games like you can on the Xbox.

Sort it out Sony come on we know you can :)

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wiley_kyotee
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 @ 2:55:54 PM

As kevinater321 posted above, Sony cannot implement cgc. They origianlly let game developers use the memory that would be required for cgc to work. Sony did not plan/account for cgc when the PS3 was released. If they did implement it now, this would cause memory conflicts on any games that utilize all the available memory and would cause the games to crash.

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Highlander
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 @ 10:06:35 PM

Sony specifically addressed this recently.

Still all that said, I'm not sure why people are so set on this feature. If the game you are playing let's you chat with your friends in game, I don't see why anything else is required. As many people have commented before, it's incredibly distracting to have someone yammering in your ear about the game they are playing if you are playing something else.

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karneli lll
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 @ 2:15:55 PM
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I wonder how the ps store is making money when they rent out shows that are available on Hulu?

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Clamedeus
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 @ 2:53:42 PM

They do have other means of getting revenue. Movies, Music, TV's, Video Games.

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FatherSun
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 @ 3:43:06 PM
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I understand the limitations in ram that make cross game chat difficult to implement in the PS3 but I think it is still possible through other means. I seriously thought Sony was going to go beyond just CGC and introduce CGVC. Cross Game Video Chat.

Take the game Hustle Kings. You can be playing a game and have a small window open up and Video Chat with a friend as you play pool. I wonder if the program used to enable this feature can be tweaked to connect to other games. Essentially giving many users what they have been screaming for all these years. Add that program script to other games and allow them to connect and viola! I know, it sounds good in theory but oh.. If it were only that simple.

I do not need this feature myself but I do understand that this is a big part of why Xboxers have a hard time transitioning to PS3. It is essentially a phone and social connection. It gives the Xbox a pulse. Some call the PS3 the silent system. It would not hurt to include it but I expect this to happen on PS4. It had already begun with VITA.

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Highlander
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 @ 10:12:49 PM

What you're forgetting is that Hustle Kings implements that feature within it's own memory space, so the game has to reduce the memory it is using to make room for the video chat.

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playSTATION
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 @ 7:57:41 PM
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for guys wanting cross chat, it aint gonna happen on ps3 cause of hardware limitations. only the plus side, it will happen on vita cuz its more powerful than the ps3.

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Highlander
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 @ 10:11:51 PM

Yeah, whatever there dude. Cross game chat isn't gonna happen because we're 5+ years into the system, and it wasn't a priority earlier. Implementing it now would require memory to be magically summoned from thin air, which isn't going to happen. It's happening in Vita because it's being baked in from the start. Had it been baked into the PS3 from the start, there wouldn't even be a discussion. However since it wasn't a priority, it wasn't. The fact that a generation of Xbox gamers think that they can't live without the ability to bug their friends in the middle of a game is no excuse for the rest of us to lose our minds elevating this feature beyond it's tertiary presence.

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___________
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 @ 3:38:59 AM
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sigh.
ANOTHER US/CA exclusive!
why does this not surprise me?
why does SCEE even exist?

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