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Finally!!! Cross-game chat is here but….. |

Finally! Cross-game chat is coming to the PlayStation Network! After what seems like years of demand, Sony has announced cross-game chat, which allows PSN members to talk to each other, even while playing different games. However, the oft-demanded feature does come with one large caveat: chats can only be initiated by PlayStation Plus members.

PlayStation Plus members will be able to send invites to any member of the PlayStation Network, free or paid. Up to four PSN members can be in a party chat, however at least one participant must be a member of PSN+. The chat will discontinue if all paying members disconnect.

While some may be disappointed that such a hotly demanded feature is closed behind a pay wall, the service is still technically available to free members. So long as you’re popular and have friends that pay for PlayStation Plus, you should be able cross-game chat and keep your free ride, too.

This came hot out of the oven from Joystiq and I must say this is the big thing that makes me throw money at Sony. I don’t mind 50 bucks a year for all of these fancy features. And I love the idea you only need one PSN+ member in the chat to have it working. Anyways guys I’m in love with Sony at the moment, and I believe this update is coming June 22nd along with FW update 3.40. Thoughts? Concerns?

  • Jay

    Cross game chat is a ‘meh’ feature for me

  • Ace

    “WHAT” after all these many many months of teasing us with us its a MEH!?!?! I take this big i see sony doing a lot in the future with PSN plus and i can’t wait. But thats just Ace for ya.

  • Eddie

    its been meh for me. If you are not playing a game with me…leave me alone..

  • Ace

    LOL, hahahahahaha Eddie. Your gonna love it watch.

  • Eddie

    I have a 360 and don’t use it lol. If you are not playing a game with me…I don’t need you bothering me lol.

  • Ace

    True but say i was on Mw2 and you where on say RDR and i needed to same something fast and its to long to type BOOM there you go.

  • Eddie

    it could wait until I was done…or if we were that close…you have my number and can text me.

  • Not interested at all.

  • Darrin

    I don’t like the plus/premium restriction and, of course, I will personally subscribe to that. Even if it doesn’t affect me personally, I think the mainstream platform features shouldn’t require a subscription.

  • I want cross game chat because I assume it works. Playing in most games these days, the chat doesn’t work properly. I hope that if it’s a system-level thing instead of a game-level thing, I can finally talk to the friends I’m playing with. For example, my chat in MW2 and Borderlands are both terrible. Some other games are fine.

  • Sylvrfonic

    @Blackstaffer: Hopefully this brings a unified chat system. It seems that chat features must be left of to the devs to some degree currently because I get mixed results from chats based on the game I am playing.

  • tom

    When did Playsation announce this? It wasn’t on their stage show. They didn’t even mention cross game chat..Where’d this article come from?

  • Cross game chat does not only imply talking to people playing other games. It also implies you will be able to chat with your friend, and your friend only in the multiplayer game you are playing (e.g. killzone 2) etc etc..

  • Also:

    It’s an important aspect of the social gaming phenomenon, it does not necessarily mean you *have* to be playing other games just because it says cross-game..

    You can meet with your friends on the XMB, talk about what game to play, and then jump to that game in full coordination. It is much more intuitive then trying to message each other, I hope you’ll agree. You will be game agnostic when chatting.. I think this was a much needed feature.

  • Lan

    Saying that this is available to all members in this state is a joke.