New Poll: In-game Messaging


You’ve heard it blitzing across the net now for a couple of days, so I thought I’d get your opinion on the whole in-game messaging for the PS3 thing. In case you haven’t heard, SCE UK boss Ray Maguire had this to say about hitting the 1m sold mark in the UK:

Achieving one million PS3 sales faster than both PSOne and PlayStation 2 is even more gratifying considering PS3 is a premium product introduced at a premium price. Our momentum will continue with the introduction of in-game communication in the summer, firmware update 2.4 and the strongest line-up of games through our third party partners and our own studios. I’d personally like to thank our trade and business partners for helping us on the start of the PS3 journey. [Emphasis added.]

So what do you think? First of all, do you think that Mr. Maguire actually said this? Do you think that he was well informed enough to pass this information along, or was he simply mistaken? If he spoke the truth as he knew it, will circumstances change?

But the real question is: do you care? I know lots of people are making a big deal about this, and I think it’s quite important. But just because I do, that doesn’t mean you do. So what do you think of in-game messaging? Vote in the sidebar as always.

Note: in the poll I made a distinction between in-game voice and text communication. Text is obvious – you can go see any text messages you have received and reply to them. Voice might not be so obvious. What I mean is that you’d have the ability to talk to a friend via your headset, while in a game, no matter what game you or your friend are in. So if he’s playing MotorStorm and you’re playing CoD4, you can still chat. Personally, I think this is very important.

Sony hails retail as PS3 hits 1m

Previous poll results:

When will Home be released?

* 1Q 2008: 25% (48)
* 2Q 2008: 45% (85)
* 3Q 2008: 19% (35)
* 4Q 2008: 11% (21)

Total Votes : 189


Written by: Blackstaffer - News Contributor


  1. #1 by Gary on March 4th, 2008

    I agree, it would be great if you could chat to your friends while they are playing other games.

    Being able to send and read messages while in-game is very important but having the ability to chat to friends while you are playing different games would be pretty awesome.

  2. #2 by Paranoimia on March 4th, 2008

    Two friends of mine who have 360s are always talking to each other while playing different games. However, for me personally, it’s not important.

    Usually if I’m online, it’s with Gary and the rest of the clan. I wouldn’t want to be interrupted mid-game by someone else.

    On the rare occasion I’m online ‘alone’, I still don’t really want to be distracted by speaking to anyone while concentrating on a game.

    But I still think it’s an important feature for those who do want to make use of it.

  3. #3 by Solid_Nat on March 4th, 2008 [ 490 Points ]

    I read this as in-game messaging in the summer, and firmware 2.4. The net is assuming that this will be in firmware 2.4 but somehow i don’t think it will be, they could be two separate things. Not that you implied this Henning.

    For now i would be happy for in-game messaging like Burnout Paradise and other games have implemented. So when i get notification i have a message i can at least read it, even if i am online or offline in a game. (Burnout for example wont let you read messages if you are online, only offline)

    Voice chat would be really good, Xbox live you can leave a voice message like voicemail really and pick this up at any time, so something similar would be great, im not sure i could concentrate on a game whilst listening to a message so been able to do this whilst the game is paused or i am waiting for another round to start would be required.

  4. #4 by SL33PY on March 4th, 2008 [ 2371 Points ]

    Even tough in game messaging sounds really nice, it’s not really practical imo. In game voice chat is something else. I would definitly use those features. It would be like answering a phone call while gaming :)

    There are other features that would rock, like a chat lobby, but I think that such functionality is in the making with Home

  5. #5 by Trieloth on March 4th, 2008

    It seems extremly silly to chat while playing a different game than the person you are chating with. Whats the point?…I just want text messages, no photo sharing, no voice messages, and no more waiting.

  6. #6 by Jason on March 4th, 2008

    For me the point of cross game chatting isn’t to have an open chat like 13yr olds keeping the phone line tied up while they watch tv. I think it’s really the only practical way to organize a spontaneous game between your online friends.

    I want to be able to have a conversation like this:

    “Hey man, you feel like playing something?”

    “uh sure, how about burnout?”

    “Nah I’ve been playing that all morning. How about Army of Two?”

    “Great. I’ll setup the room.”

    Boom. 10 seconds have passed and you’re already loading the disc. Civilized.

  7. #7 by Henning on March 4th, 2008 [ 0 Points ]

    Exactly.

    As well, I often only want to talk to one friend while in the same game. That way, others don’t hear our personal conversation. Plus I don’t need to mute players.

    It also helps for the case where a game doesn’t support voice chat. That’s becoming less common, though. But it sure would have been nice to have this feature when I was playing CoD3.

  8. #8 by bunnyhero on March 5th, 2008 [ 1850 Points ]

    all I want is to be able to read messages in-game. I don’t even need to reply, necessarily.


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