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.
Yes SingStar is going free-to-play: Sony has confirmed it and I've interviewed the senior producer.
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?
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.
Being a woman, a terrific show-off and a part-time alcoholic, I love SingStar. So do lots of other people, judging by the fact Sony's still churning out new releases nearly five years on, by the fact that there are so many embarrassing videos on the internet, by the fact there are four hundred million songs on the SingStore, and by the fact Big Phil recently raided Sony for SingStar's mum, Paulina Bozek.
The latest batch includes SingStar Disney and SingStar Boy Bands vs. Girl Bands for PlayStation 2. There's also SingStar Vol. 3 for PlayStation 3, and SingStar Abba for both platforms (we reviewed the PS3 one because we're so next-gen).
Still no SingStar Yodelling, SingStar Bedingfield or SingStar NWA, but we live in hope.
Sony plans to pop out a Festive Fun SongPack for SingStar this Thursday, 27th November.
Sony has revealed a bundle of tracks that will feature on the SingStar Vol. 3 disc for PS3.
Sony will be kicking off a new initiative for SingStar tomorrow with the arrival of two Queen-themed SongPacks.
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.
Sony has or at least is updating the SingStar SingStore with a bunch of new downloadable songs today, according to Three Speech.
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.
Sony has announced SingStar Volume 3 for PS3, SingStar Disney and SingStar Queen for PS2, and downloadable SingStar PS3 song packs during its Games Convention press conference.