Viacom says Xfire is PS3-bound

[UPDATE] Media giant is working on a version of its recently acquired PC utility for the new console--but Sony now claims the service will be limited to a single SOE game.

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When Sony first talked about the PlayStation Network Platform in March, it described a suite of communication features that included messaging, voice and video chat, matchmaking, ranking, and friends lists. Now, it appears that some of those functionalities will be handled by a PlayStation 3-specific version of the PC gaming utility Xfire--although it appears to be for only a single game.

Xfire was acquired by Viacom in April, and currently boasts more than 5 million registered users. Last month, a Viacom conference call reporting the company's second-quarter earnings included a brief mention of the service--and Sony's next platform.

"Importantly, Xfire just signed a deal with Sony to create a version of their platform for the new PS3, which will now enable Xfire to extend its reach further into the huge console gaming market," the company's then-president and CEO Tom Freston said in a transcript. Freston was removed from his position by the company's board of directors earlier this month.

While Xfire is primarily an in-game instant messaging program, it also offers some Xbox Live-like features, such as friends lists and chat options. However, the earnings call did not specify how many of these would be integrated into a PS3 version of Xfire, or how large a role Xfire might play in the system's PlayStation Network Platform.

[UPDATE] The plot thickened late on Tuesday, when Sony Computer Entertainment America gave 1up this statement. "We can confirm that Sony Online Entertainment is in talks with Viacom and Xfire for a single, specific PS3 game. However, there are no announcements at this time regarding any discussions between SCEA, Viacom and Xfire," a rep reportedly said.

Sony Online Entertainment's Chris Kramer went one step further, telling the site the name of the title in question. "SOE has been in talks with Xfire about potentially including some of their technology in Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom, our PlayStation 3 launch title," he said. "This proposed deal is completely separate and independent from the PlayStation Network Platform, and is something that SOE was examining specifically for Dark Kingdom. More information on Xfire and Dark Kingdom will be coming soon."

For his part, Xfire CEO Mike Cassidy flatly denied the service would be the backbone of Sony's answer to Xbox Live, as some had speculated. "Xfire is not part of the PlayStation Network Platform. We are in discussions with Sony Online Entertainment, but I cannot comment any further," he reportedly said.

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shynethabones

jonjon81, geez dude its just a console, like every other, ther is no need to get ur underpants in a twist, no offence u sound more of a loser than a fanboy.

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Mkeegs79

It doesnt matter. Those haters are not even getting a PS3. They just bash it because.. 1. They cant afford it. 2. They want to feel secure that their system is the best. 3. They are mental. I am leaning toward mental.

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yb125

Is it really all the same people Ragrdoll? I know some people are bashing on each side but unless it's the same people it's not really a conidction. besides you can Bash Sony for not making thier own thing but using a already made good product, and still be annoyed that they aren't even using the all ready made good product for all the games. More importantly why do they need xfire at all if they are sitll making their own? What is Xifre offering that they aren't

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ragrdoll21

WOW...first you guys bash Sony for useing Xfire...now that it's only one game,you bash it for only being for one game!:roll: You guys are really just haters and I see that now!

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GameAuthority

Gah! Ok, so devs seem to be on their own when it comes to online cpabilities. Isnt Untold Legends a first party title? Why the heck are they going to a third party for online play? Better yet, why bother if this isnt the "Live of PS3"? The online features are completely up in the air now. Lets hope their offline games come through just like the PS2 did.

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Charlie2688

demollyon: what part of D E T A C H A B L E HDD dont you understand? do you want me to draw it for you? you say your 21? you sound more like you have 12... and about "I am a gamer and a thinking consumer" try taking out the "thinking" part and try "retarded" instead ;)

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Yuck_Too

k1llwitch is a true fanboi the dought of 360 games...like the PS3 is going to ship 20 at launch all of which score a perfect 10 across the board. << LINK REMOVED >> flame on

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solidleader

Does Sony try to intentionally put out bad news? X-fire was a great idea, but now they say their just going to use it for a single game. Kinda like play online with FF XI on the 360.

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Seafury0000

What makes me wonder is why Sony would even need any of the features of xfire. Xfire is a great program, but won't the PS3 have all the stuff xfire does build into the OS? Why would you need xfire for a specific game if you already have the messaging, voice and video chat, matchmaking and friends lists build into the PS3 OS.

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megaunit

Well if sony reads this they really messed up big time for just makin it for one game, why do they do things sometimes half donky's butt around here.

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demollyon

@shozzi you have a PS3 as an avatar @PS2maniac2k4 you have a sony console in your nick.... and dare you talk to me about fanboyism??? My nick isnt XBOX360RULZ I am a gamer and a thinking consumer

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jaefrmbk2k

Sony you need to get it together. You need to do exactly what MS did with Xbox Live. You need to swallow your pride and offer the same features and functions if you really want to compete.

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Mkeegs79

astaroth1234 immature statement, pointless, and nobody cares. No, really. Who cares? Its a fanboy statement. It means nothing. Just like all the others.

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PS2Maniac2K4

Wow, demollyon, you really have no idea what you're talking about. Why don't you check out wikipedia's ps3 page? It has much better information than what you're claiming.

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Goombaloo

Wut's up with all the hatred here? And people wonder why there's war...

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shozzi

demollyon u do know that about everyone has argued with u so just give it up. You are a fanboy cuz u havent even considered the Ps3s advanages and if u dont know what a fanboy is then ill explain. It is sum1 who says sumthin is way better than sumthin else 4 reasons that every1 will argue about. Srry but if u just wrote a message just to say how much u liked the 360 and how much u hated the PS3 then u shouldn't have even posted in teh first place. This is on a SONY subject not a "360 is great" subject. U can say how much u like 360 on a "360 is great" topic but not here. Oh and don't try to argue with what im sayin cuz nothin else to argue about.

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demollyon

@kenshinhimura16 you are 20 and you aren't ashamed that you have that small brain? BTW I am 21, got a job at a hospital and could buy a PS3, but i don't want to. @K1LLSWITCH FYI yes, i DID cover E3 and i can prove it if you want to...PS3 HDD is NOT detachable, so get your facts straight... MS didint screw me... I CHOSE to pay for Xbox live... Sony says PNP will be free, but we know it wont.... Now, who's screwed? k bye! @Mkeegs79 720p and above is HD. Does Killzone support it? No... so you're wrong.... Oh, and have fun with all 3 consoles... I will buy a wii and will buy games for my 2 next-gen consoles with the $600...

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hbk3000

PS3 FTW!

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kenshinhimura16

delonlemon or whatever your name was, Do you have proof that Im insecure of my beloved PS3? you so shure? Well then your mommy has raised another ass joule for the world, now go and dance with your MS friends because you are more than alone here. And yes we are richer than you and thats why we are buying the ps3 and not the x-crappy-box. So if you are going to be narrow minded then so will we. And my mom as you so called her is happy to have raised me because Im 20 and I have more money than you would ever think of getting so go cry that you cant buy ps3 because of the 600 us, while we, the lucky ones who saved money working hard will rejoice in the fruits of our effort. You can now go back to the hole you came, because you are just being owned over and over again. Aint that right k1ll?

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astaroth1234

PS3 and SONY suck nough said!

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Mkeegs79

Ok fanboys im tired of whining with you whiners. I dont care. I am getting a PS3. Its all a part of opinion which is the best. Killzone supports HD at low HD resolution. If it doesnt I dont care. You all win. 360 is the best!!! haha! Fanboys, gotta love you. Nobody else can be so serious about which console is the best. haha! I will play my 360. I will play my PS3 AND my Wii. You all can continue to argue in fight which is better and why. Its so funny. I will never understand the people bashing the PS3. Maybe its so they can feel more comfortable with their ONLY 360. haha!

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K1LLSWITCH

demollyon have you covered E3 this year? It was already announced that the PS3's hard drive is detachable. Do your research. As for saying that Microsoft doens't screw you then you must be blind. With XBL alone they're draining you financially. Thats not including the drought of games that they have right now. The most popular games they have are coming out of XBLA.

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onlineps2player

Sony goes online ! yeah...

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PESon360

RyuRT// yea i know, every single Xbox 360 game has minimum specification of 720p and widescreen mayb he waz taking about luxury 1080p, where most people dont need one! not even experts can notice difference of 720p and 1080p under 40 inch

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demollyon

K1LLSWITCH demollyon "Well, gamespy could make all those services for the PS3..." First off the HDD for the PS3 is detachable and yes Gamespy can make those services for the PS3 but it hasn't been announced that they will. Fanboys like you just spread propaganda around to make your favorite paper weight look good. You make me laugh.... The PS3 HDD is not detacable, that's why sony fanboys whine for the lack of ugradeability.... and 2nd, the fact that sony haven's announced many things about PNP, is suspicious, isnt it? And about the fanboy thing....you fail.... I can say you are a fanboy because you have a ford and not a Fiat or a Hyundai... This logic isn;t right... It's choice... Sony screwed me, MS didn't.... so simple... Why should i buy a sony product, if sony screwes me? Does that make me a fanboy? no!

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trigun123

good move on sonys part, if they dont get a good interface set up for online, theyre done as far as im concerned

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bassam10

good

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demollyon

@Mkeegs79 well, Xbox 360 is better IMO and that's why i'm buying it, if i thought PS3 was better, i would buy it. Better yet, if i was rich i would buy the PS3. There is absolutely no game on the PS2 that support high definition. If there is, please name one. and about 1080p on PS3, i assure you that no 3D game will use that, unless it's pretty choppy...

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RyuRT

I just had to comment on this "360 doesnt highly support HD like PS3's does!" - Mkeegs79 You do know that every 360 game is in HD, right?

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K1LLSWITCH

demollyon "Well, gamespy could make all those services for the PS3..." First off the HDD for the PS3 is detachable and yes Gamespy can make those services for the PS3 but it hasn't been announced that they will. Fanboys like you just spread propaganda around to make your favorite paper weight look good.

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demollyon

kenshinhimura16 "demollyon, you sure are a big SOB, you think that your xbox has done so much? you are buying a wii, right? then dont you know of the wavebird control for GC. Now MS is copying that. Detachable HD. Sony announced theirs way before MS even had the xbos out. Why dont you go crawling back to the hole you came out from and go basdh ps3 in your 360 side of the world. Hope you die soon so we wont hear from you again" first of all thank you for your kind words... your mom will be happy! yes i'm buying a wii and yes i DO know of the wavebird control, but that didn't catch, now, did it? Now, about the detachable HDD, you mean the PS2 one, because PS3 has a built in HDD... FYI my friend, the HDD for PS2 was a gimmick, that even in Japan, failed... Now, you can wish i die, but the fact that your are insecure about the PS3 won't change! ;) @K1LLSWITCH Sony is looking for a service that will support video, text and voice chat, along with instant messaging for their PNP. Xfire has some of that technology, Gamespy doesn't. Well, gamespy could make all those services for the PS3...

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K1LLSWITCH

xatman911 "They should have asked Yahoo, they rule too + more users." Agreed. I use Yahoo as an example of why Xbox Live should be free because on one IM window a person can have video, text, and voice chat all the while transfering files amongst they're friends that they have online with them. It basically has the same features as XBL and it's free.

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Mkeegs79

Umm nobody is FORCING you. I am defending. I have a 360! I could care less if you get a PS3 but there is no reason to bash the PS3 or whine about how its better. If you want to get technical HD supports a few PS2 games so who "actually" started any kind of HD support. 360 doest support as many HD resolutions as PS3 does. You can like and love the 360. I like it but there is no reason to say its way better when its a matter of opinion. The thing I cant stand though is bashing or wishing a console to flop. I dont see how 360 wireless controllers are revolutionary when EVERYONE planned on it. Oh they came out first so they are revolutionary. Its still a standard controller unlike the Wii's! I know I will like the 360 controller more because of the vibration but I wont say its revolutinary because its wireless. Third-party developers BEEN coming out with wireless controllers!!!!!

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tek-9

nintendo fanboys are so desparate to find anything sony or ms to flame, troll, lie etc..

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saugh

That news was a tiny bit pointless, wasn't the most earth shaterring news i've heard, intresting though.

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xatman911

They should have asked Yahoo, they rule too + more users.

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Hokkie

kenshinhimura16- "you are buying a wii, right? then dont you know of the wavebird control for GC. Now MS is copying that." I don't believe MS copied the idea of a wireless controller from anyone. Wireless has been around for over a decade from television remotes to toy cars. And who gives a crap about features, its the actual performance that matters. 'OOooo, detachable hard drive...SONY +1!!!!' plus, they onyl announced it, its not copying until its done by both sides. Nintendo didn't use their own R&D to create the performance of the Wii-mote. They used a 3rd party in creating it, which then Sony went to and said "make me on too!" I truely believe that if Nintendo played hard ball and didnt show ANYTHING of how the Wii performs until a month or before its release, Sony would be using the Duel Shock 2 still

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K1LLSWITCH

demollyon @ Mkeegs79 "Excuse me, was i talking to you? please mind your own business.... @ K1LLSWITCH Sony has signed IGN/Gamespy for the PNP service, so not all games will use the XFIRE" Sony is looking for a service that will support video, text and voice chat, along with instant messaging for their PNP. Xfire has some of that technology, Gamespy doesn't.

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kenshinhimura16

demollyon, you sure are a big SOB, you think that your xbox has done so much? you are buying a wii, right? then dont you know of the wavebird control for GC. Now MS is copying that. Detachable HD. Sony announced theirs way before MS even had the xbos out. Why dont you go crawling back to the hole you came out from and go basdh ps3 in your 360 side of the world. Hope you die soon so we wont hear from you again

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demollyon

MKeegs 360 gamepads were voted the best piece of hardware last year. PS3 doesn't even have rumble feature. I mean WTF? 360 is the first console to feature wireless gamepads so yes, it is revolutionary. 360 is the first console to introduce HD. Sony just followed in their own right. I don;t understand what annoys you? I just stated my opinion and i named the reasons why i don't need a PS3. Why are you trying to force me to like the PS3? I have freedom of choice, you know...

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Quezakolt

it seems kind of late... to start on working on that.. dont you think..

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takashirose

Maybe they need XFire to buy them time in creating the PNP service. For now it's for one game so that they will have time to make their own for later use. Maybe Sony will use all of their partnerships to make the PNP service.

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oliverh

Sounds like an OK I DEA, SINCE I USE Xfire.

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Mkeegs79

demollyon, revolutinary gamepads? First of all Xbox came out with the worse gamepads!!! The 360 gamepads are all right but Sony's is MORE popular. I like their new one though but I dont see it "revolutionary in anyway. Everyone was planning on on wireless controllers and if any are revolutionary its Nintendo's. 360 doesnt highly support HD like PS3's does! I am sick of this crap. I dont even have a PS3 yet and it isnt out. I have a 360 but have to defend it because a bunch of one-sided people feel that they have to continue to bash the PS3.

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demollyon

@ Mkeegs79 Excuse me, was i talking to you? please mind your own business.... @ K1LLSWITCH Sony has signed IGN/Gamespy for the PNP service, so not all games will use the XFIRE

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K1LLSWITCH

demollyon "once again, sony shows it's inability to create a universal online gaming service... Xfire will only be used on untold legends, which means that every game will have it's own services and not a standard, like xbox live (video chat, custom soundtracks, messaging, voice chat, etc.) All this is reminding me of the PS2 online gaming service, and we all know how flop that was.... Well, PS3 just looks worse and worse.... a $600 useless piece of untested technology... No thanx, Xbox 360 and Wii for me..." You actually believe that Sony signed on Xfire to create communication technology for Untold Legends and not use it to their advantage with their online service? Also what Sony is doing is creating partnerships throughout various companies that they come in contact with. Not only will this create popularity from behind the scenes in the gaming industry but they can also use these companies again on another venture. This is how you make a buisness grow. What is Microsoft doing besides relying on one game to sell consoles? Exactly, and that is why they bombed in Japan.

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SteveMcD

They are only using xfire for untold legends game. Look for the PS3 to have its own online program.

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Mkeegs79

Oh my god. More whining! Why do you care? Everyone that is buying a PS3 doesnt have your view BECAUSE they are "buying" one. I am getting it for specific games the 360 will NEVER have! That to me is worth it! "Investment" The only "somewhat" logical reason I can see YOU PEOPLE saying how the PS3 should die or and be nailed in the coffin IS MAKING SURE YOUR MONEY ON THE 360 WAS WELL SPENT!