A father who undertook a 24-hour solo SingStar record to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital has successfully completed his marathon session, notching up nearly £3000 in donations.
How many extra SingStar songs have you bought and downloaded? 10, 20?
SingStar Guitar's intro video gives you an idea of how Sony intends it to be played. The camera arcs around a pair of blue and red virtual fretboards as the instantly recognisable chiming riff from The Cult's She Sells Sanctuary kicks in. As we swoop past floating notes and giant volume dials a short, soundless video clip appears, showing a slightly nerdy-looking chap playing his Generic Third-Party Guitar Controller (TM) while a woman – his girlfriend, perhaps – cosies up to him, crooning into her wireless SingStar microphone. They're your archetypal SingStar couple, and the perfect audience for this guitar-based spin-off.
Zoom out from the telly into my living room and you have a prime example of How It's Not Meant To Be Played (coming soon on BBC3). I'm sitting down on my settee, hunched over my coffee table, clutching the Warriors Of Rock guitar I just bought from Toys 'R' Us for the purposes of this review and leaning forward into a scuffed Rock Band mic propped up inside a coffee cup that's resting on a collection of books and magazines I've piled up so I can actually see the screen. I really should have picked up that mic stand from Maplin while I was out.
So yes, the single and the friendless need not apply unless they have the appropriate accoutrements. SingStar Guitar is essentially aimed at people who like to play videogame karaoke but don't want to leave their partners out. To whom the obvious recommendation would be to buy Rock Band or Guitar Hero, but for the purposes of this review, let's pretend for a minute they don't exist. After all, that's essentially what Sony's done here.
Ellie and Johnny throw shapes.
Sony has announced two new SingStar spin-offs that introduce guitar playing and dancing gameplay for people to do in the background.
SingStar Guitar will work with any existing PS3 guitar peripheral - Activision and MTV make about 48 of them if you're after one - but has no release date.
SingStar Dance will use PlayStation Move - out 15th September in Europe - and PlayStation Eye to measure your shape-throwing skills. A Sony America game list claims it's out in November.