SingStar Hands-On

Sony shows off the latest build of its PS3 karaoke game at a party in Chicago.

Earlier this evening, while attending a Sony Computer Entertainment America party at Chicago's House of Blues, we had an opportunity to sing along with the latest work-in-progress version of SingStar. The PlayStation 3 game's most publicized improvement over its PlayStation 2 predecessors will be the ability to download songs from the "SingStore" for an as yet undisclosed sum. Tonight we were able to check out some of SingStar's other online features and, although the list of 30 songs that will be included with the game is still being finalized, we can tell you that the following 15 will definitely be among them:

Monster by The Automatic
Toxic by Britney Spears
Lets Dance by David Bowie
Do You Want To by Franz Ferdinand
Mr Brightside by The Killers
So Sick by Ne-Yo
Hey Ya by Outkast
Here Comes Your Man by Pixies
Go With The Flow by Queens of the Stone Age
No Surprises by Radiohead
Losing my Religion by REM
I Don't Feel Like Dancin by Scissor Sisters
Beautiful Day by U2
Buddy Holly by Weezer
Love Train by Wolfmother

We can also tell you that SingStar's support for the new PlayStation Eye camera (we're now told that the original EyeToy will be supported) is pretty slick. At this evening's event, players were invited to sing along to their favorite tracks while the new PlayStation Eye recorded their performances for posterity. In addition to decent quality video of the players, the camera also snapped a series of around 10 stills during the song, one of which you'll be able to set as the thumbnail image for the clip. Those clips can then be uploaded to your "My SingStar Online" profile which, if everything goes according to SCEA's plan, will be one of countless such profiles that form a giant online, and active community.

As a member of said community you'll be able to share your clips with friends, and check out other players' profiles in much the same way that you would on a social networking website. Another feature, which we understand is currently under consideration, will be the ability to rate other players' video performances so that the really good ones end up featuring more prominently on SingStar's equivalent of a homepage. Simple "quick polls" that ask the community to vote for their favorite songs and artists are in the works as well, and their results will presumably help Sony to pick and choose which songs to add to the SingStore. We were afforded a brief look at the SingStore, incidentally, and can tell you that the "hundreds of songs" promised for day one will almost certainly have a little something for everybody. Among the genres that are already represented on the work-in-progress version of the SingStore are pop, rap, RnB, indie/alternative, and soundtracks. Song packs from previous SingStar games will also be made available, of course.

There's really not a whole lot else to say about SingStar at this point. It does everything that its popular predecessors do, but it does it in HD, it does it online, and it does it with an ever-growing song selection that we're assured won't break the bank. As announced this evening, SingStar will be released in North America on November 13. We look forward to bringing you more information on the game as soon as it becomes available.

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quanito
quanito

It's pretty much a karaoke machine but much cheaper and better! My PS3 is now a blu-ray player, a karaoke machine, and media PC. Gaming is secondary.....

_Super_Indy_
_Super_Indy_

can u shave britneys head on the game? if so thats hot

Law_man
Law_man

who doesnt want to sing brittany spears?????? im not interested and i have a ps3.

Navick
Navick

@blueeyedboy21 don't you think that the online feature is a huge addition? compare 30 songs on a ps2 to hundreds available for download on the ps3... plus the addition of the Playstation eye...

residentchacho
residentchacho

tuneWON: bad songs on GH??? are you mad or something??,some of those songs are true classic and some of the best songs ever

alkaline_DnB
alkaline_DnB

I might rent this...ONLY if there's a chance to see Britney's lady parts and shave her head.

blueeyedboy21
blueeyedboy21

If you have the PS2 version of the game you can do basically everything the same except for the online features. so the Ps3 version really isint worth buying.

sephiroth_4
sephiroth_4

I'm not so sure about that song list....There's gonna be some HORRIBLE performances uploaded ;)

Wardenb
Wardenb

i may have to buy a playstation 3 sooner than i was going to :P

mcxps3
mcxps3

Im gonna buy it just so i have a ps3 game to play with my girlfreind instead of just playing my wii. this is a cool exclusive for the ps3. THey say they are going to follow itunes in the pricing so songs should only be in the $0.99 range.

gmrndlze
gmrndlze

I love a lot of the songs they choose. This makes me want a PS3. It shouldn't be hard getting one anyways.

TUNEwon
TUNEwon

I love the idea, and hate the music they choose. Its kind of like the GH series. Fun idea horrible music. I see two bands I like but they of course picked the worse songs they could possibly pick. So I guess that means Im not picking this up. bummer...

AceDonald
AceDonald

Why is it that they use songs i have never heard of or are old? I think it would be cool if they used "Underclass Hero" by Sum 41 in SingStar.

shady_825
shady_825

This game sounds awesome. I don't like singing but I'm very interested.

gaffs
gaffs

Full list...... The Automatic "Monster" Blink 182 "All the Small Things" Blur "Coffee & TV" Britney Spears "Toxic" The Cardigans "Lovefool" Coldplay "Fix You" The Fratellis "Chelsea Dagger" Gorillaz "Feel Good Inc." Gwen Stefani "Cool" Junior Senior "Move Your Feet" The Killers "Mr. Brightside" Macy Gray "I Try" Musical Youth "Pass the Dutchie" Ne-Yo "So Sick" Orson "No Tomorrow" OutKast "Hey Ya!" Primal Scream "Movin' On Up" Pussycat Dolls "Beep" Radiohead "No Surprises" Razorlight "America" REM "Losing My Religion" Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman "Somethin' Stupid" Scissor Sisters "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'" The Stone Roses "She Bangs The Drums" Supergrass "Alright" Twisted Sister "We're Not Gonna Take It" U2 "Beautiful Day" Weezer "Buddy Holly" Wolfmother "Love Train" The Zutons "Valerie"

HK-47-M4
HK-47-M4

I would get this if I could sing, but unfortunately I can't. Though it would be cool if we Sony made the Singstore available to everyone, and you could just download the songs, save it to your Hardrive, and listen to them and watch the music video. Then it would also be awesome if we could listen to our music saved on our memory things, or the music saved on our Hardrive while playing games. I never really liked the music in MotorStorm.

ski11buzz
ski11buzz

this is such a fun party game. i will be getting it

curua02
curua02

If you're the sort of person who would buy a kareoke machine anyways, this should be a good deal for you.

World0261
World0261

This is going to be cool as long as the price is right.

bihboy69
bihboy69

i think so has a winner if the downloadable songs are priced right

DJSMITH007
DJSMITH007

Atleast this has some good songs such as Hey Ya and So Sick.

rogue_zero_one
rogue_zero_one

cool, can't wait for SS for PS3... i hope the downloadable songs aren't too pricey

MindsEye13
MindsEye13

I'll be happy if they don't overload it with pop princess crap and rap. I'll favour the songs that actually have SINGING in them instead of baying at the moon like some skank in heat. I'm looking at you, Aguilera!! Not that I don't like skanks! LOL. Us older folks like singing, too! Give me some decent singer/songwriter choices and I will not be upset!

TripSkyWay
TripSkyWay

High hopes for this. Sing Star with DLC should be a winner.

lancerex6
lancerex6

not a fan of the singstar series, but i guess this is good news!