SingStar PlayStation 3 Updated Hands-On

We check out the SingStore and figure out how to upload our out-of-tune croonings in our final play-through of SingStar for the PS3 before its December release.

Sony's popular SingStar franchise is about to hit the PlayStation 3 for the first time, with wannabe crooners in Australia and the UK able to get the game in the first week of December (and perhaps early next year for gamers in the US). While our previous coverage of the game has focused mainly on the updated interface, we managed to spend some more quality time with SingStar PS3 at the eGames Expo in Melbourne to check out the much-vaunted SingStore.

In terms of gameplay (or is that singplay?), SingStar for the PS3 is much the same as previous games in the series. You basically use a USB-attached microphone to sing along to songs, with the game measuring both pitch and timing to gauge how well you're doing. The retail disc of SingStar will come packed with 36 songs, but one of Sony's key additions is the online SingStore, where you'll be able to buy and download new songs to add to your karaoke collection.

Sony says more than 40 songs will be available for purchase through the SingStore on launch day, with plans to regularly add more in the coming months. The SingStore is accessed via the online section of the main menu of SingStar, with songs available for purchase organised by genre, such as pop, rock, indie/alternative, R&B, duets, rap, and more. From the preview build we saw at eGames, it looks like previous SingStar titles--such as SingStar Pop, Rock, and Anthems--will also be available for download. Individual songs will cost from A$2.49 in Australia or 99p in the UK. Download sizes seem to be between the 50MB and 65MB mark--this includes the standard-definition video clip of the song. Sadly, we couldn't track down any HD clips in the SingStore in our brief time with the preview build.

But the online traffic doesn't just flow one way in SingStar. This latest version of the game also lets you upload pictures and even short video clips of yourself on the microphone (using an attached EyeToy camera, of course) onto SingStar Online, a community-focused site for SingStar PS3 owners around the world. In SingStar Online, you can view other people's pictures and videos and even vote via a five-star scale on each person's performance.

Uploading your rendition of hit songs seems to be a fairly easy process. The recording of both snapshots and 30- to 60-second clips is handled automatically once you have an EyeToy camera plugged into the PS3. In every song you sing, the PS3 will randomly take shots. A few times during each song, the camera will also take short snippets of video, warning you when you have to put in those extra high notes, via a blinking camera indicator in the corner of the screen. Once the song is finished, you can choose to either save or thrash the recording, with the added option of uploading the saved section to SingStar Online. Of course, if you're not the exhibitionist type, you can choose never to upload any of your virtuoso performances.

SingStar for the PS3 looks to be a welcome addition for fans of the series. Look out for the game on Aussie and UK store shelves soon.

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Randolph is the managing editor of GameSpot, and needs more time to play games.

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22 comments
drunknmunky3
drunknmunky3

I think that instead of having the songs downloadable individually, they should have them in packs of say 10.. and make them CHEAPER. A$2.50 for just ONE SONG is HEAPS!!

gacmyver
gacmyver

damn, the performance thing will be the next online idol man... snaps... edit: oh yeah, 80% of the clips would probably be really fun (ridicolous) to watch i bet!!

mAttthhheaLy
mAttthhheaLy

prices seem fine to me now my only problem is getting a credit card haha

triad79
triad79

Cant wait ...please hurry and release :) ...hoope it comes out without the Mic's cause already have two from the PS2 versions

R-Force
R-Force

Looking forward to it! THis game should have been since June, it's been a long wait but hopefully a worthwhile one.

sancezz
sancezz

The price really isn't that bad, but I do agree that the 40 extra songs should have been on the disc to begin with.

Arath_1
Arath_1

Songs cost 79p on iTunes with DRM songs costing 99p. Music videos cost £1.79. How does 99p for an interactive song + music video (albeit in SD) seem like a bad price? I think people need to understand that the prices are AU Dollar and Sterling. No USD price has been mentioned. This game will do insanely well in europe at least...

Darkiewonder
Darkiewonder

2.50 AU Dollars. Song plus HD Video along with it. Fair price. I see why people are complaining about this more than they should be with other DLC That gives out "Packs" rather than picking what you want individually.

Maersyndel
Maersyndel

$2.50 per song is great. At least i can pick and choose songs worth having....

vampiredust99
vampiredust99

wtf is up with those prices?! Apple ought to partner up with a major games publisher and create a similar concept with iTunes connectivity. That would kick this heap of junk in the water.

MadDog1250
MadDog1250

well jesus we have the potential for something to really get the ps3 community going , the first real 2 way download /upload user community game thats going to be a horrendous amount of fun. And all people can do is **** about the prices.........

osirisomeomi
osirisomeomi

Hate DLC on launch day. If you could have it on store on launch day, you could have it on disc on launch day. DLC is for expansions, not content that should have been on disc.

AnFangs_Endes
AnFangs_Endes

Randolph! We must have videos of you guys performing on singstar! Please??!? :shock:

ratcliffe25
ratcliffe25

$2.50 for a song is garbage. What a ridiculous price but then again should be used to being in Australia and getting screwed on prices.

IJ15
IJ15

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Dreadblades24
Dreadblades24

This game looks like a great title. I know that it will be a hit in the UK and Europe. I hope it gains a bigger fanbase hear in the US. It can with music games such as Rock Band and Guitar Hero being so big.