Cross-game chat – a rumour that’ll never die, especially when Sony themselves confirm it’s coming. Remember when SCEE’s James Thorpe said that he wished he “could just give you a date” when pushed on the matter? “Trust me when I say that as soon as I hear from ‘up top’ I will be shouting about it and making myself the most popular person on the blog,” he said on the EU Blog.
Well, it appears the Official PlayStation Magazine (US) is getting in on the act too – in a feature in the latest issue centred on the PS3’s upcoming technology. “Aside from the 3D goodness,” states the magazine, “cross-game party chat is the obvious ‘next big feature,’ even though it might be restricted to paid [PSN] subscribers.”
Ah, that old chestnut again. “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,” the magazine repeats. Either they know something the rest of us don’t, or they’re reporting on the same “PSN Premium” questionnaire we’ve all seen a dozen times.
For what it’s worth, we’ll fire SCEE a quick email. I’m sure they’ll be delighted.