SingStar now a free download

PS3 competitive singing game now available through XMB as a free install; demo songs available for free, all else via paid download.

Sony's PlayStation-exclusive SingStar series has gone free-to-play, so long as a loose definition of the term is employed. Sony announced today that PlayStation 3 owners can download the game from the XMB and try out several short demo songs at no cost.

Beyond that, players will 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.

Speaking to Gamasutra, SingStar franchise senior producer Chris Bruce explained that due to previously established licensing agreements, the game cannot become an entirely free-to-play experience.

"Obviously you need to buy the songs, and we have a license to pay to the licensors," he said. "But we obviously want to get as many people trying it as we possibly can."

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Gazdakka
Gazdakka

PSN Pro:

 

[strike] - PSN has no advertisements [/strike]

 

What a stupid move, Sony. Your fanbase enjoyed no advertisements up until this point. And you had to break that with a trashy party game that has no good application outside silly karaoke. Was it worth upsetting your users for this?

AmnesiaHaze
AmnesiaHaze

i hate it , this is like the worst update ever , f... singstar

03469186617
03469186617

how to remove this stupid icon from mu XMB.....................

Lawdog1521
Lawdog1521

After doing more research I've found this doesn't include NA and there's no statement when NA will get it. 

 

Great reporting Gamespot.

-Jonce-
-Jonce-

I hate it that they've stuck a massive Singstar icon on the XMB just above all the games with no options to move or delete it. A game I have zero interest in and have a borderline hatred too and I have to look and scroll past the damn thing everytime I play a game.

paandaah
paandaah

It's pretty great, if you have singstar already. I even got to download over my songs from my ps2singstardiscs, which was very cool. Also convenient because you never ahve to switch discs:) but I got like 3 trophies when I started to play it now, but they don't show on my PSN, they just popped up in my right corner and I can't find them. Anyone have a clue what's up with that? ._.

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

SingStar FREE

Only have to PAY for EVERY SONG u want to download and sing

lol misleading headings to reel u in and then pay pay pay

Scorchstar
Scorchstar

Still need to buy Microphones ans Songs. Just another gimmick.

Lawdog1521
Lawdog1521

Also, by "now available", they mean not available at all. 

 

After reading the original sourced article, it says "by the end of October". We still have another week.

Barrakas21
Barrakas21

SingStar now a free download

 

Beyond that, players will need to pay

 

misleading as always gamespot.

Vatusus
Vatusus

so... it isnt "F2P", just a demo...

Nowadays gaming jornalists use the term "free" way too loosely

UnwantedSpam
UnwantedSpam

I guess nobody wanted to pay actual money for it.

 

And I'll bet that nobody would want to waste their hard drive space installing it.

SolidTy
SolidTy

I've had tons of great times with this series when I've had a BBQ and at parties. It truly is a fun series, gets all the GFs at the party to play along.

Lawdog1521
Lawdog1521

Sweet. I love music game and the concept of "free".

Jshaw71
Jshaw71

Sounds kinda cool, i will have to check it out, thanks for the news 

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

I'll definitely give it a try. Not as much for myself as for my daughter. She has always enjoyed the singing part of Rock Band, but doesn't really like to sing the songs on Rock Band. This gives me a cheap option to try out to see if it has songs she is more likely to enjoy.

A microphone is also much easier to keep around than a drum kit and a couple guitars.

alkaline_DnB
alkaline_DnB

I still won't download due to the fact that I'm not a woman

pcty
pcty

My problem with singstar is that almost 90% of the songs are horrible.

COPMAN221ISBACK
COPMAN221ISBACK

Well that is better than Microcraps version of "FREE"..

Raeldor
Raeldor

 @alkaline_DnB If you won't download because you think singing will make you seem less of a man then I would say you're not very confident in your masculinity.