SingStar PS3

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VideoGirls just wanna have Tom

Sony's official video of EG's editor.

VideoBrammers vs. SingStar at Bestival

Eurogamer's editor does his falsetto.

VideoNew SingStar PS3 features

Online battles! Vibrato! Community!

VideoSingStar Summer update

Your neighbours are going to love you.

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Wham! Sony announces a new SingStar PS4 game

Sony has announced a modest new SingStar game for PS4, called SingStar Celebration. It's due Wednesday, 25th October, a day after my birthday in case you're wondering, and is part of Sony's PlayLink push. There's no word on price but I'm checking.

PlayLink is Sony trying to broaden the PlayStation audience a bit, much like how Sony broadened the PS2 audience with games like SingStar and Buzz! in the first place. But these days there's no need for an additional microphone or buzzer peripheral because we have smartphones.

SingStar Celebration, then, uses your - and your friends and family's - phone as the microphone via a free app. Otherwise it's SingStar as normal: sing along to a load of music videos while trying to match the pitch indicated by the blobby bars on screen.

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Sony cancels games across UK studios

Sony cancels games across UK studios

Sony London, Liverpool and Evolution hit.

Sony has cancelled a number of games in development at its UK first-party developers and made an undisclosed number of people redundant.

Projects at Sony London, Sony Liverpool and Evolution Studios have been axed.

"It has been decided that production on a small number of projects within London Studio, Studio Liverpool, and Evolution Studios will be streamlined or closed due to a portfolio review and project prioritisation," Sony said in a statement issued this afternoon.

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SingStar site lets you browse catalogue

Plus view performances from players.

Sony has relaunched the SingStar website with all sorts of new features that let you browse the series' back catalogue of songs and view performances from other players.

Sony reveals the SingStar Viewer

Browse SingStore/community without disc.

Sony's unveiled a new SingStar Viewer application that lets anyone browse the SingStore and MySingStarOnline community, the point being that you will not need a SingStar disc to do so.

Four more SongPacks due for SingStar

Jackson 5! Eddy Grant! Meatloaf! IL DIVO!!!

SingStar's not just for Christmas: save some for New Year's Eve. Sony knows this and so has prepared four new SongPacks, plus a load of individual tracks, for the festive season.

SingStar hits 20m sold, gets big patch

SingStar hits 20m sold, gets big patch

4.3 fixes bugs, introduces new features.

Sony has announced that the SingStar series has reached more than 20 million sales, five and a half years after London Studio's singing game first launched on PS2.

Coincidentally, today also marks the release of the big old 4.3 patch, which fixes a lot of the calamitous bugs from last time out and introduces new features to the SingStore, MySingStarOnline and even the game itself.

When you're viewing somebody's media clips - i.e. Ellie wearing a wig - you can now click a "Quick Buy" button if you decide you want to buy the song, and this transfers you directly to its SingStore listing.

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SingStar dev sorry for catastrophe patch

SingStar dev sorry for catastrophe patch

Deletes songs, crashes game, corrupts files.

SingStar game director Dave Ranyard has apologised to fans of Sony's multi-million-selling karaoke series who have had to put up with the fallout of a disastrous patch.

Writing on the European PlayStation blog, Ranyard revealed that "several serious bugs" slipped through the "normally rigorous" testing procedure before update 4.2 was released.

These included "SingStore songs being deleted from the hard drive", "Game crashing in the middle of a song" and "Media file corruption". Whoops! Not what you want after eight pints.

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SingStar update delayed till next week

SingStar update delayed till next week

No voice control or Trophies just yet.

So much for the SingStar update that was supposed to go live yesterday - it won't be available for a little while yet.

"There's been a slight delay to the online update which is due to bring you lots of great new features," Sony told Eurogamer this morning.

"We promise it will be worth the wait and it will be with you early next week!"

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SingStar Extras to offer new game modes

Paid-for or free download additions likely.

Sony plans to launch a new section of the SingStore called "SingStar Extras" soon and use it to distribute paid-for or free gameplay updates for its monstrously popular music game series.

SingStar: Past, Present and Future

Sony's karaoke revolution.

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.

SingStar wireless mics "next year"

With USB receiver, 2xAA batteries each.

Sony has said that the long-awaited SingStar wireless microphones will be released "next year" in a post on its SingStar MySpace page.

SingStar backwards compatibility arrives

SingStar PS3 to work with PS2 discs Tues.

Three Speech has just reported the news that all Singstar fans wanted to hear: full backwards compatibility for Singstar PS3 arrives tomorrow.

SingStar boss leaves Sony for Atari

Bozek to realise the Harrison vision.

SingStar boss Paulina Bozek has joined Atari to head a new London-based creative studio that will focus on mass-market games and online services for PC and consoles.

26 new songs for SingStore

Chumbawamba, Starship, Flaming Lips, etc.

Sony has or at least is updating the SingStar SingStore with a bunch of new downloadable songs today, according to Three Speech.

PS2 songs in PS3 SingStar clarified

Won't involve ripping to hard disk.

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.

SingStore update this Friday

SingStore update this Friday

Proclaimers! Braxton! New Kids! Foreigner!

Sony is adding another meaty update to the PS3's SingStore this Friday.

Leading the 33-song influx has to be Toni Braxton with her ballad "Un-Break My Heart". [Rob is clearly too young to appreciate it is in fact Foreigner who top the list. Now this mountain I must climb feels like a world upon my shoulders. - Dep Ed]

Also on the list is "Step by Step" by New Kids on the Block, who were all ridiculous but we watched the cartoon about the band anyway. [In this order: Jordan, Joe, Jon, Donnie, Danny - Dep Ed] There's some Shakin' Stevens, Foreigner and Leonard Cohen too.

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Next-gen SingStar at Leipzig

Reeves reacts to Lips announcement.

Sony Europe boss David Reeves has told Eurogamer to expect "the next generation of SingStar" at Games Convention.

33 new songs for SingStore tomorrow

That's Friday night sorted.

Sony's SingStar wizards are preparing to conjure another 18 English language songs and 15 for other European gamers as part of tomorrow's SingStore update.

Sony tots up SingStar sales

Sony tots up SingStar sales

Over 12 million copies now sold.

Sony is bragging that karaoke series SingStar has shifted more than 12 million copies around the world.

Apparently five million were sold between April 2007 and March 2008, while its online SingStore flogged more than one million tracks in the first four months.

Sony has also seen more than 140,000 or you share around 20,000 videos of yourselves singing along to your favourite tracks. Our rendition of "I Try" by Macy Gray is hard to beat.

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Recycled SingStar song delay explained

Have to be re-cleared for use.

The SingStar team has revealed that each back catalogue song has to be re-cleared before it can be offered as a download on the PS3 SingStore, hence the slight delay.

SingStore to get meaty update

SingStore to get meaty update

Bit of recycling going on.

Sony plans to release a healthy batch of tracks to refresh the SingStore on 7th March.

Those of us singing in English will get 46 in total. Highlights are "I Want To Dance With Somebody" by Whitney Houston, "Deeper Shade of Blue" by Steps, and "Wannabe" by the Spice Girls [Is there something you want to tell me? - Ed].

Germans and Italians will both get eight new songs, Norwegians will get three, and Spanish will get two.

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Sony promises SingStore improvements

Reacts to complaints from fans.

Sony has issued a statement to Eurogamer regarding the current lack of songs on the SingStar PS3 SingStore, promising new content on 18th January and more to follow in early February.

Singstar PS3

Singstar PS3

Turn on, tune in and cough up.

Karaoke can turn the bleakest of evenings around. Such as the stag-do we recall which, due to an email-related error, was attended only by the groom, the best man, a homosexual gentleman and a woman. Or that New Year's Eve party where the host nearly kicked out one guest who refused to observe a two minute silence, opting to pay his respects by repeatedly shouting "Is there any more cava?" from the bottom of the garden.

Both evenings could have gone horribly wrong but were saved by the healing, unifying power of karaoke. And drink, obviously. Something magical happens when you combine pop records, shouting, showing off and public humiliation. And drink.

Sony recognised this several years ago and created the SingStar series for PS2. More than 10 million copies have since been shipped around the globe and, we'd wager, more than 10 million evenings have ended in hilarity rather than disaster.

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SingStore PS3 pricing unveiled

A quid a track. Loads at launch.

Sony says that songs bought through SingStar PS3's online "SingStore" will cost GBP 0.99 / EUR 1.49 each when the service launches alongside the game on 7th December.

SingStar PS3 finally dated

In time for Christmas parties.

Sony has overcome whatever issues were holding it up and stamped a 7th December release date on SingStar for PS3 in the UK, with European versions arriving on 12th December.

PS3: 12 Games of Christmas

Tumbling down the chimney.

Another good thing about Christmas is that you can kiss people by holding a twig with leaves above their heads, made all the more likely by the enormous vat of incredibly pungent mulled wine stewing in the kitchen. Similarly smile-worthy is that yes there are games on PS3 to buy this year, despite what James with his rival console says in the comments section while picking his nose and flicking it at his equally spotty friend.

SingStar PS3 in December

Sony gets calendar out.

Sony has finally decided that SingStar PS3 will be out in December, after making us fear the worst recently by saying the game was stuck in "release limbo".

SingStar PS3 release in limbo

Still in testing, says Sony.

A release date for SingStar on the PlayStation 3 is currently up in the air as Sony continues to test downloadable content and community features for the next-gen version of one of its most popular social gaming franchises, GamesIndustry.biz reports.

PlayStation 3: 2007's Most Wanted

The PS3 comes of age?

Of all PlayStation 3's forthcoming releases, the most interesting and significant is neither a game nor for sale. Home, Sony's more structured, sanitised and solid attempt at a Second Life world might seem innocuous enough but with the screenshots of its cinema space and the implied possibility of fully downloadable movies, there's the chance it might eventually outgrow even its host platform in significance.

SingStar PS3

Karaoke goes next-gen.

Who could fail to be outraged by the poor score awarded to Scooch at the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday? All right, they may a bit Steps Lite, or perhaps even Steps Lidl, but their entry had it all - stupid dancing, stupid outfits and stupid lyrics about flying flags and fellatio. And yet they were ignored by almost all the judges across Europe, rendering this year's contest even more of an absolute travesty than usual.

Speaking in her keynote at this morning's Nordic Game conference, Sony's Paulina Bozek focused on "mass customisation" and how current trends have influenced the development of the PS3 instalment in the SingStar series, GamesIndustry.biz is reporting.

Sony hints at SingStore prices

No more expensive than iTunes.

Sony has revealed a few more snippets of info regarding SingStar PS3 - including news of how much we'll have to pay to download tracks via the new SingStore service.

PS3 SingStar details

PS3 SingStar details

We chat to the devs. It's a launch title, and PS2 support will continue.

SingStar on PS3 will have an all-new track listing, new microphones, and a download service that allows you to access every single track in the PS2 series' back catalogue - with high definition videos where possible. Plus, it'll be a launch title for PS3.

That's what we've had coming out of Sony's conference in LA today - and speaking to the development team afterward and having a quick go on the revised version, it's looking like the service is pretty much what SingStar fans have been crying out for.

Through a "My SingStar" profile section you'll be able to share recorded footage of your singing and download it to PSP to take away with you, we were told. The more sophisticated PS3 video compression means the 30-second-or-so segments are easily handled over the net. These videos will probably still work on the basis of snapping "key moments", according to the team, but equally it's possible there may be a manual-record mode.

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New PS3 screens

Motorstorm, F1, Singstar PS3.

While the crowds are still queuing up to get out of the sunshine and into the hugely crowded, probably already sweaty conference halls, Sony has treated everyone back home to a bunch of new screens for some of the PS3 launch titles.