Singstar Viewer discontinued. Long live Singstar?


Music games have all but come and gone but one of the most steady and prolific outside of the perennial Rock Band has been SingStar, which actually predates the first Guitar Hero from 2005 by a year. Studio London has maintained SingStar almost continuously (since 2004 in the PS2 era they released numerous discs and with the current generation of consoles they’ve released biweekly if not more frequently handfuls of downloadable tracks), and they’ve even made all PS2 releases backwards compatible. Every SingStar disc (PS3 or PS2) can be hot swapped into a live Singstar game, making those old collections still useful.

And yet it now seems that there will be an end of an era. The SingStar Viewer, which was first announced in December 2009 is to be no more. The application allowed users to access the SingStar community without having to load a disc into their systems. This let the thousands of players around the globe rate, and upload, each other’s video clips as well as actually purchase new songs without having to get up. It was a wonderful application and, apparently, its time has come.

The Singstar Viewer is dead. Soon we'll have a whole new SingStar

The picture above hints that the Viewer has become obsolete in light of a new application version of SingStar. This does jive with their message that the next change planned with SingStar was to transform it from a franchise dependent on disc releases to a business model more akin to a service. As a loyal and current fan of the franchise the only thing missing is the extremely unlikely import option. Much (often unappreciated) effort has been put into getting the entire library available digitally but many tracks remain disc only, thus forcing those of us who can and would spend money, to use a minimal number of discs, to either lose songs by abandoning all but one launch disc or keep legacy discs just in case someone wants to sing “Only Wanna Be With You” by Hootie and the Blowfish … and anyone having a SingStar Party knows how important it is to have the widest selection of songs available (in order to coax those wallflowers into taking center stage). For those who may question this lack of import feature it has to be recognized that the licensing rights of music have changed dramatically since the PS2 era and it may simply not be possible or worth the hassle for their publisher to acquire the rights, nor feasible to implement a solution. SingStar discs never came with registration codes like the band games have, which presents a new hurdle.

SingStar updates can be tracked by following the official twitter account @SingStarHQ or by checking periodically on the website from which you can see the entire track catalogue, or the latest community videos. Sign in using your PSN credentials and you can rate videos even if you don’t own any SingStar games.

Officially we only know that news will be coming next week. Until then, if you have never played a SingStar game I highly encourage you to do so. The discs are VERY cheap at this point and, unlike the band music games, it’s a lot easier to store two mics (EU players have the option of wireless mics) than it is to store your drum kit. Songs are usually $1.50 vs $2 and Song Packs will a) Save you $0.50 and b)give you more medleys. Singing requires almost no skill and with such a low barrier to entry it’s bound to be fun for any audience.

Source: PSNation via Twitter


Written by: wolfkin - News Contributor


  1. #1 by Ajescent on October 12th, 2012 [ 3425 Points ]

    Hands up, how many people actually used this?

  2. #2 by hobbes on October 12th, 2012 [ 30466 Points ]

    always wanted to, never ever ever played this, but maybe something my lady would be interested in at some point.

  3. #3 by wolfkin on October 12th, 2012 [ 6633 Points ]

    well true Singstar wasn’t that popular in the US vs EU as evidenced by the numerous numerous more disc you got then we did but among people who do play SingStar I’d estimate that the Viewer app actually has wide acceptance. It’s just really that useful.

    Especially if you’re among the few trying to get a few trophies for things like uploading videos or maybe if you want to edit videos. It literally does everything the disc does except singing.

  4. #4 by Darklurkr23 on October 14th, 2012 [ 23156 Points ]

    SingSUCK is more like it XD!

  5. #5 by pedrolabate on October 15th, 2012 [ 39949 Points ]

    I feel sorry for F2P games…

  6. #6 by wolfkin on October 15th, 2012 [ 6633 Points ]

    well the game wouldn’t be free to play. I see it sort of like a Rock Band for PSP which I think went free as an engine that you had to buy songs for. In theory it could be a perfectly functional model and because of the nature of the game. I think it could be a good deal. I think a guitar hero game where you could download the game free and just pay for songs would be compelling. Honestly the major complaint about Singstar games from people who play them are about the song distribution. Which i always found odd because of how much of a savings the disc were


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