Free-to-play SingStar reboot to be revealed this year

Sony to discuss how singing series has been reimagined "from the ground up for the digital age" during F2P Summit in October.

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Sony will discuss an all-new free-to-play SingStar reboot reimagined "from the ground up for the digital age" during October's F2P Summit, it was announced today.

London Studio director Dave Ranyard's talk will touch on what the company has learned since releasing SingStar as a free-to-play app on PlayStation 3 last year, and how the company is applying these lessons to its new product in the future.

"Phase 1 was to launch SingStar as an app pinned to the PS3’s cross media bar last October," Ranyard said. "Phase 2 is a complete redesign and overhaul of the whole game structure and UI for the digital and F2P age, which is due for release later this year.”

Sony launched a free download for SingStar on PS3 last October, allowing users to try out several short demo songs at no cost. Beyond that, however, players need to pay. The game's catalog of songs, numbering nearly 3,000, must be purchased. Additionally, players will need to supply their own microphone or PlayStation Eye camera for vocal detection.

Discussion

41 comments
blackace
blackace

I think my wife downloaded this demo accidentally. I couldn't even get the game to play a song. It kept asking me to download a song, which cost money to do. lol!! What a joke.

Kr0w1Nc4rNa73
Kr0w1Nc4rNa73

So we're at the age where we're rebooting PS2 games. Yay.

kik4444
kik4444

Singstar sucks, just let me delete from my XMB already!

ZOD777
ZOD777

Oh no.  There are already too many people that think they can sing.  This only exacerbates it further!

ejay_kain
ejay_kain

well i lost all my downloaded song songs when my ps3 YLOD on me. screw this game

randomkidlol
randomkidlol

@ all the EU guys. buy US ps3 from amazon or ebay or something. save you from this piece of shit eyesore on your XMB

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

I'm actually in favor of this kind of game for free to play.  My biggest problem with games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band is that once you get good enough, the next game in the series only offers a handful of songs that are any kind of challenge... thus you're essentially paying $60 on release for a dozen songs or less on the disc that you'll actually play more than once.

It's why I stopped buying the games after Guitar Hero 3 and the original Rock Band(which was an absolute snoozefest if you're able to beat stuff like Through the Fire and Flames).  I write my own note charts on a free PC equivalent.  The challenge is there, musically I enjoy it(because after all, why would I chart a song that I hate?) and it costs me nothing.  You'd NEVER be able to sell me on a Guitar Hero/Rock Band game with a setup like that.  I would on the other hand consider "free to play" and buying songs a la carte because it's a whole lot more convenient than writing charts yourself.

Bangerman15
Bangerman15

I haven't even seen any singstar thing on my PS3 before so Idk what people are talking about.  If this annoys you guys though then you better stay away from the ad infested xbox dashboard lol

Fursnake
Fursnake

How fake, that dude is clearly lip synching...his mouth isn't even open. :P

Tielo1
Tielo1

This is not at all free to play. It's a demo at it's best and not one you can download from the store but is forced on you. I read somewhere they sold an extra 1 million songs after they forced the icon on us so it's paying off but it's time to have an option in there to turn it off. And if you call it free to play you should at least add some complete free songs on there.

westsiderz28
westsiderz28

i dont use singstar a whole lot only for partys and drunken get togethers and its pretty fun, i would like to see a comment function of the vids and possible a playlist of vids id like to see again without having to search endlessly for,

and what about an online battle mode where you upload your vid and it gets voted against other vids of the same song

id also like to be able to completely turn off the singers voice a sort of kariokee mode

Franzkill
Franzkill

Err why is it bothering so many people? Its one freakin icon that GUESS WHAT you can just scroll right through, grow up guys..

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

I'm looking forward to this update, it could make it great! All they have to do, is add an uninstall/remove option, then it will be the best Singstar ever.

AmnesiaHaze
AmnesiaHaze

i hate singstar since im forced to look at it everyday

nickpeck36
nickpeck36

Man, sony has the F2P market locked up.... love them some microtransactions!

Keivz_basic
Keivz_basic

Correct me if I'm wrong but the Singstar cross media bar app isn't available for the US PS3.

StonerDemon
StonerDemon

I'll pass. I prefer a Friday night at the karaoke with some friends and drinks.

theKSMM
theKSMM

I never even noticed that this thing was in my Xross Media Bar, so I'd say that their attempt at marketing this title failed on me at least.

t3ero2zero
t3ero2zero

how will pay to win work in this game?

Zoza24
Zoza24

I can't sing for shit and yet i can't remove SingStar from my XMB :P

dudeldudee
dudeldudee

How about removing this shit from my XMB.

Hurvl
Hurvl

That dude in the picture looks like a 25-year old Justin Bieber, which as we all know, says everything about this new product that we have no real info on.

AmnesiaHaze
AmnesiaHaze

@Bangerman15 xbox dashboard doesnt have a "start console" and "eject disk" static full screen advertisment for a year now

AmnesiaHaze
AmnesiaHaze

@Franzkill 

1.) you start ps3 - instead of the paid dynamic theme you see that ugly wallapaper

2.) you eject a disk - instead of the paid dynamic theme you see that ugly wallapaper

3.) its sits always above your games you paid for and like

4.) sony ignores countless complaints for a year now 

5.) you cant get rid of it

is that enough ? a simple delete option would solve it but sony is on a dictatorship trip , telling us what we have to see on pur ps3s

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

@Franzkill Replace "can" with "have to" there's a difference... The small things are what count the most.

ggregd
ggregd

@t3ero2zero It says "allowing users to try out several short demo songs at no cost. Beyond that, however, players need to pay"

AmnesiaHaze
AmnesiaHaze

6.) it wasnt even mentioned in teh firmware notes on the said update

Simsyas
Simsyas

@Franzkill Do you even realize what the problem is? Everytime you boot up the system, it goes to the Singstar icon by default. Literally the first thing you see. Not system settings like it used to, but fucking Singstar. You can't remove it, period. Installing and removing doesn't help, either. 


Of course you don't think it's a big deal, you don't have that trash on your XMB.

Franzkill
Franzkill

@AmnesiaHaze Still doesn't really explain everyones hatred for it, its just one icon, granted I ain't a fan of Singstar either but its never really distrupted my gaming/Netflix time in any way.

I'd understand if there were advertisements littered round the XMB and other stuff but it just seems like you guys are whining over something that 'frankly' isn't really a big deal....ok that guy does remind me of Beiber a bit :(