Sony has announced new features for the June update to SingStar, including the ability to instantly edit playlists remotely from a PSP.
Sony is justifiably proud of SingStar. It's sold over 17 million units. Over 4 million songs have been bought and downloaded. It's also almost universally adored by critics. Everyone at Eurogamer plays SingStar, for example, often to the exclusion of Guitar Hero and Rock Band. SingStar's brilliant, and it's a success. So it's slightly bizarre that the highest score it's ever had on Metacritic, across 26 individual disc releases, is 82, with the majority languishing in the mid-70s, if not lower.
Three Speech has just reported the news that all Singstar fans wanted to hear: full backwards compatibility for Singstar PS3 arrives tomorrow.
MTV Multiplayer has clarified that the SingStar disc-swapping feature announced by Sony Europe boss David Reeves last night won't allow you to rip songs to the hard disk.
Ah, the inevitable World Cup tie-in title. Sing along with the national anthems of each nation, hitting all the right notes to demonstrate your patriotic fervour! Test your vocal skills on tricky numbers like "La Marseillaise", "Das Lied der Deutschen" and "God Save the Queen", then finish with a flair by wrapping your vocal cords around the unlikely South Korean syllables of "Aegukga"!
Yes, I confess - I had to go to Wikipedia for help with that. I also confess that sadly, that's not actually what SingStar Anthems is about - a missed opportunity, if you ask me. Who could really have resisted a rousing chorus of Czech national pride with "Kde domov můj?" after a trip to the pub and the curry house? Not I, that's for sure.
Okay, sorry. I've shut Wikipedia. It won't raise its head again before the end of this review. I promise.
Women and gay people of the world rejoice - Sony is planning to release a new instalment in the SingStar series that's specially for you.
SingStar Anthems features 20 music videos from pop's most glittering stars - "think Priscilla Queen of the Desert meets Kylie Showgirls tour", apparently.
Track list highlights include Laura by the Scissor Sisters, Candi Staton's Young Hearts Run Free and I Feel Love by Donna Summer. Not to mention Girls Aloud's Biology - quite possibly the best pop song EVER. And topping it all off there's a track by Steps - most definitely the best band EVER. Shame they've chosen Deeper Shade of Blue though, it's not a patch on Better Best Forgotten.