SingStar details emerge

SCEE releases new information on its karaoke-style singing game for the PlayStation 2. First screens inside.

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Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) has today released new information on SingStar for the PlayStation 2, which was previously known simply as Sing. SCEE had originally planned to release three versions of the game that covered the pop, urban, and classic music genres, but it has now decided that it will initially release only a single title.

Speaking with an SCEE representative today, we were told that SingStar will be bundled with two USB microphones (one red and one blue) and marketed in a similar way to the EyeToy camera. It's also been revealed today that SingStar will be EyeToy-compatible, thus allowing players to see themselves singing within the game.

The track listings for SingStar will differ for each territory, and discs covering other genres of music will be released in the future if the original title proves to be popular. The track listing for the UK version of the game is as follows:

Liberty X - Just a Little
Mis-Teeq - Scandalous
The Darkness - I Believe in a Thing Called Love
A-Ha - Take on Me
Pink - Get the Party Started
Jamelia - Superstar
Motorhead - Ace of Spades
George Michael - Careless Whisper
Avril Lavigne - Complicated
Petula Clark - Downtown
Sophie Ellis Bexter - Murder on the Dancefloor
Daniel Bedingfield - If You're Not the One
Carl Douglas - Kung Fu Fighting
Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up
Westlife - World of Our Own
Ricky Martin - Livin' La Vida Loca
Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine
Madonna - Like a Virgin
Roy Orbison - Pretty Woman
S Club - Don't Stop Movin'
Deee-Lite - Groove Is In the Heart
Sugababes - Round Round
Elvis - Suspicious Minds
Busted - Crashed the Wedding
Village People - YMCA
Good Charlotte - Girls and Boys
Blondie - Heart of Glass
Dido - Thank You
Atomic Kitten - Eternal Flame
Blue - One Love

SingStar uses new technology to score players, according to their vocal skills, by taking into account their pitch, tone, and timing. The game will feature a total of three gameplay modes designed for up to eight players. Sing mode is for players who simply wish to sing along to their favorite tracks, while pass-the-mic mode is a party game for duets and teams. Finally, star-maker mode will allow players to progress from singing in a bedroom to sell-out concerts.

We'll bring you more information on SingStar as soon as it becomes available.

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