Sony Confirms 8-Player Cross-Game Chat for PS4

Sony Confirms 8-Player Cross-Game Chat for PS4

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Sony says the PS4's much-desired cross-chat service will support up to an octet of gamers.

With the PS4's launch day drawing ever closer, Sony is just about done keeping secrets. We've heard talk of a Party system to let you use voice chat with friends over PSN, regardless of what game or app you're using, but a few details were missing. But as of now, we can all sleep easier knowing exactly how many users can use cross-chat together at once - Sony says the magic number is eight. One more mystery solved, folks.

Sid Shuman, Social Media Manager at Sony, confirmed the detail during a Killzone: Shadow Fall Q&A session on the PlayStation Blog. The feature has been a long time coming, since it was a major gap in PSN's social components last generation. While the PS3 did get cross-game text chat via lobbies for up to 15 users, voice chat was never in the cards (meanwhile, the 360 had cross-game voice chat but never did add text lobbies). The PS Vita was the first Sony product to achieve this much-wanted feature, and now Sony consoles will catch up at last.

Expect the service to be live along with the rest of the PlayStation 4's social features when the console launches on Sony's "perfect day," November 15. I'm sure it'll quickly be put to good use discussing game tactics and delivering positive feedback on your friends' playstyles - that's what you use voice chat for, right?

Source: PlayStation Blog

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While it's nice and all, is it really necessary?

I've played a bunch of coop games on 360 so far, real-time voice chat is really pretty handy. But one time we had someone in the party who was playing a different game than the rest of us, and we all became unfocused.

Chaosritter:
While it's nice and all, is it really necessary?

I've played a bunch of coop games on 360 so far, real-time voice chat is really pretty handy. But one time we had someone in the party who was playing a different game than the rest of us, and we all became unfocused.

actually given the PC MMOs that are moving into the console space via PS4 it doesn't seem like quite enough...although there is probably some angle i'm missing.

Awesome!

Having to pause a game and type a response gets really tedious after a while, and not to mention a massive pain in the ass. It's a mystery to me why they never had it for the PS3, but it's nice to see that it's coming to their newest console.

Chaosritter:
While it's nice and all, is it really necessary?

Believe me, it'll be handy. The PS3 has many single player games and since you could only chat in game if the people were playing the same game it was a hassle. This is a feature that many PS3 owners, myself included, where hoping was gonna come to us in an update in the past.

Sleekit:
actually given the PC MMOs that are moving into the console space via PS4 it doesn't seem like quite enough...although there is probably some angle i'm missing.

This is about cross game chat, say people being able to voice chat while playing different games. Pretty much Sony's equivalent to Microsoft's XBL Party Chat.

Neronium:

Chaosritter:
While it's nice and all, is it really necessary?

Believe me, it'll be handy. The PS3 has many single player games and since you could only chat in game if the people were playing the same game it was a hassle. This is a feature that many PS3 owners, myself included, where hoping was gonna come to us in an update in the past.

Eh, always been a 360 guy. Thought party chats are standard these days.

Neronium:

Chaosritter:
While it's nice and all, is it really necessary?

Believe me, it'll be handy. The PS3 has many single player games and since you could only chat in game if the people were playing the same game it was a hassle. This is a feature that many PS3 owners, myself included, where hoping was gonna come to us in an update in the past.

Seriously.

Some small part of me knew it would never come in an update, but still, it would've been nice to have since typing on the PS3 just plain sucks. :/

 

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