PS4 Will Support Cross Game Chat

In a press release that accompanied Sony’s Playstation Meeting on February 20th, Sony confirmed the Playstation 4 will support cross-game chat. The feature has been long demanded by Playstation 3 owners, and is one of the few tangible advantages that Xbox Live still has over Playstation Network.

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StrongMan1851d ago

We already knew this. It's on the Vita for free so we already knew it was coming to the PS4 for free too.

PockyKing1851d ago

I didn't even know that was available on the Vita haha.

egidem1851d ago

It is almost like a slap in the face of Xbox Live if cross-game chat is free on the PS4.

blackbeld1851d ago

Xbox fanboys go cry baby!

They have no more excuses for paying to play online.
Live should be for free.

deadpoole1851d ago

I'm really happy for what is revealed so far about PS4. It seems like they have really gone an extra mile this time around by listening to the needs and wants of both developers and gamerbase.

I'm still not quite sure about how Gaikai will help deliver the PS3/PS2/PSOne titles over PS4. Would someone care to explain what this service is and what/how it is designed to deliver.

HyperBear1851d ago (Edited 1851d ago )


The basic way of how I can describe it is think of Gaikai's Cloud Network as an integrated 2nd PlayStation Network and Server (PS Cloud) think of the PS Cloud as a game streaming/data compression system where data that is available in the cloud can be streamed or downloaded to any compatible hardware device.

ex. Gaikai launches their PS Cloud Network in your area and has uploaded the entire PlayStation 1 library of games. With the PS4, PS Vita and any other smartphones/tablets with the "PlayStation Certified" logo, you'll be to purchase and/or stream any PS1 game to any of those devices and play those games anywhere where the network is live, and the cloud automatically decompresses the data for the game to be playable on your device(s).

It's more complex than that, but that's basically how it works. It is the future, because imagine in about 4-5yrs, when the technology gets better, you'll be able to stream PS3 games to your Vita or other portable device and play it anywhere the PS Cloud's network is up and running.

leogets1851d ago

aswell as cross game gameing.taking controll of ya friends game via internet is sick. cross game chat is a no brainer. this console is bringing new heights to gameing. prepare to be blown at e3

GribbleGrunger1851d ago (Edited 1851d ago )

Great post Hyperbear. That IS the dream and whether the gamer wants it or not, that is exactly what we will eventually end up with. As long as they throw us a bone or two like Ps+, I won't be too upset. Times change.

HappyGaming1851d ago

I thought we saw them in the presentation having cross game video chat :S

badz1491851d ago should be obvious that the PS4 with (GB of RAM can do it, right? the Vita has it and it's just logical that the PS4 will have it too!

SilentNegotiator1851d ago (Edited 1851d ago )

And now Playstation haters have one less ridiculous reason to pretend like the Playstation brand isn't as good as the service that they pay for.

Anon19741851d ago (Edited 1851d ago )

What a relief. Not that I'll ever use it, I won't, but just so we don't have to spend another 7 years of hearing people who don't own the console whining about it.

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FACTUAL evidence1851d ago

Now can we get a psn ID change feature?'s one of the top most wanted features on ps blog. Please sony make your online even more of an experience.

MYSTERIO3601851d ago

Sony did mention something about the PS4's ability to link your facebook profile to the system. Therefore your supposed facebook pic and real name while be visible on the main menu along with your friends who are on PS4. Im sure Sony will also integrate the feature of changing your ID name if you so choose or if you want to remove this feature and have a standard username too.

LtFaku1851d ago

I just want to let me change my location, it's really annoying that if a move from my country, i got to create a new account...

ThatKanadianKid1851d ago

Just cause a feature is on the Vita doesn't mean it'll be on the PS4, maybe in this circumstance it was a given, but I'm glad Sony confirmed it.

supersonicjerry1851d ago

If its on vita and is something that everybody wants because it will make a lot of things easier and more fun why wouldn't they add it to the ps4? That is like the only feature that the xbox live has over PSN.

PockyKing1851d ago

Reading the comments below, apparently not everybody does want it.

neoMAXMLC1851d ago

Uhhh... Why wouldn't it be on the PS4 if the Vita has it? The PS3 was basically a carbon copy of the PSP's OS when that launched...

showtimefolks1851d ago

so now cross game chat will be free too on psn so why is ms still trying to charge for this and other features available for free on psn?

can't wait to get ps4 day one

Blackdeath_6631851d ago

they are still charging because there are enough fools in this world who are willing to pay. if you have a game,a console to run it on and an internet connection you have every right to play that game online as it is a feature that comes with the game you just bought yet microsoft still charges you for nothing. if they have extra features they can charge you for that no problem but making people pay to play the game they just bought is unacceptable

PS4isKing_821851d ago

Can't believe this was ever a bragging right for Xbox fanboys. Who the hell wants to talk to someone when ur in the middle of playing a game? That's annoying as watching a movie in a theater with someone sitting behind or next to you talking thru the whole movie and you can't enjoy it or know what's going on.

But I digress. Yet another quote un quote "advantage" Xbox fans no longer have.

MysticStrummer1851d ago

"Can't believe this was ever a bragging right for Xbox fanboys."

Kids gossip about who likes who and whatnot.

When I play a single player game, I don't want someone bothering me at all. When I play online, I want to talk to people on my team in the game.

DivineAssault 1851d ago

why would 9 ppl disagree with u? damn xbot trolls mustve been thru here

Gamer19821851d ago

Erm would be a huge silly mistake if it didnt considering you now watch them play the game while talking.. It was kinda obvious from the press release.

MariaHelFutura1851d ago

Thanks, it's not like I care, I'm just glad I dont need to hear about it from the knuckleheads around here.

stage881851d ago

This is great!

1. It will give everyone a feature they have wanted
2. It will shut up the xbox fanboys

However, I couldn't give a crap about this feature even though the xbox fanboys keep pandering on about it the whole of this generation.

Bigpappy1851d ago

Anyone saying they would not use this feature, either does not have and internet connection, or have no idea what this is. You don't have to want to use it. If you have it, you WILL use it. Don't expect to get that phone call when your friend can just click on your name and talk. It WILL be you best new feature if you have any friends.

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rl_pearson1851d ago (Edited 1851d ago )


It is hilarious how desperate Xbox fans were to hype this silly feature to try to justify being forced to pay Microsoft for the 'privilege' of playing laggy P2P based online games.

Rejoice Playstation owners! Now when you listen while you game the annoying sounds of a completely different game in the background along with other people's horrible music blasting, babies screaming, spouses and parents screaming at the people you are talking to, and bathroom trips.

Even better, now players of My Pretty Pony can argue online with players of Barbies Horse Adventures about which is the better game!

joel_c171851d ago

i agree with you rl - the feature is much overhyped

T21851d ago

I dont necessarily agree. Chatting w only your friends while still being in say a squad in bf3 is a good feature thats lacking on ps3 ... Many ppl would use it if it was there ... However I do believe that this is the last vestige of pay per use value that xbl had , blowing away in the wind ...

talisker1851d ago (Edited 1851d ago )

In BF you can chat with the whole team, that is 12 people (on consoles). Works fine but creates another problem - so many people speaking at the same time usually means chaos. If you're be able to chat with anybody, people will cheat, switching teams and giving away your position in the game. Of course they can do it right now with, say, Skype but if the feature is there, there will be more abusers.

I don't say cross chat is bad but there are two sides of the coin. I'm not really waiting for this feature. I prefer to write people messages (not only on PSN) than call them. A message can be read and reread as many times as you can, at the time you want and it doesn't disturb your privacy and in terms of games, your immersion.

DOMination-1851d ago

On XBL its up to the developer whether they lock the feature out. I don't play a lot of mp so can't give many examples but i know in cod, if you play searchad destroy ir a hardcore playlist then it cuts you off from party chat.

I imagine psn will work the same.

yess1851d ago

They will just find a new excuse, like BC or something...

AngelicIceDiamond1851d ago (Edited 1851d ago )

Glad Sony will finally have it and its a feature to block out annoying online gamers, as you mention.

I'm not trying to offend anyone but people know just as well as I do that MS will introduce something that goes above and beyond X Game Chat. What can it be? What can be bigger than X Game Chat? No clue but MS is one of the biggest software engineering companies in the world so who knows.
Its a wait and see.

EDIT: What if Sony decides to package it with the social features on PS4?

- Online free as the current Playstation Network
- Voice chat between all PlayStation certified devices, ie consoles and smartphones

Payment (annual cost of about $ 89.)
- Playstation Plus (included with these services previously have) enhanced new proposals, users PS4
- Access to Gaikai for cloud-gaming with the option to play for free to list some of the titles in a month, while others pay
- Share photos and / or videos directly to YouTube
- More space for saved games in the cloud

Sony could charge for it who know what you all think?

MysticStrummer1851d ago

"What can be bigger than X Game Chat?"


SheenuTheLegend1851d ago

"What can be bigger than X Game chat"
Chargeable batteries in the controller lolz

madpuppy1851d ago (Edited 1851d ago )

magic chat, where you don't even need hardware to use it, it's so crazy that it's like your listening to voices in your head!

after all, this is Microsoft, they know how to buy other peoples programs and renam....I mean they will just use their arcane programming skills to create a program that renders hardware in realtime....kinda like Automan (it's an old tv show from the 80's)

da_2pacalypse1851d ago (Edited 1851d ago )

It's a very difficult thing to try and explain to a PS3 player (who has never used the feature) how awesome cross game chat is. I fully agree with you, it is not worth the subscription fee that xbox players pay, but cross game chat is a fantastic feature that the PSN would definitely benefit from. You'll see when you get your hands on it!

PS. background music from other games? What kind of a mic are you using that has that kind of range? :P

kreate1851d ago (Edited 1851d ago )

The funny thing is, ps3 does have cross game chat.

They also use this feature on smartphones/tablets and pc and the ps vita.

So u don't have to try to explain it to ps3 gamers cuz they already know how great/useless/overhyped this feature is.

xPhearR3dx1851d ago


The PS3 does not have cross game chat using voice, only text. Which is completely pointless unless everyone has a keyboard. Even then, it's very inconvenient.

kreate1851d ago


Ok. And? Whats ur point?

Point of my comment is that ps3 gamers have access to cross game chat cuz we all have smatphones or pc or maybe they have a ps vita.

I thought ps3 having a text based cross game chat was standard knowledge. Didnt know I had to point that out specifically.

isa_scout1851d ago (Edited 1851d ago )

I completely agree. I own a PS3 and a Xbox 360, and I never use cross game chat while playing singleplayer. I do however use the party chat feature extensively. It's nice to be able to talk with a group of say 3 or 4 of your friends while playing Halo 4 together while another friend is playing COD, and we make fun of him until he sticks Halo 4 in. It's an amzing feature that I can't wait have on my PS4 as I have many more friends on my Playstation 3.
@ Kreate
The feature is actually called "Cross game Voice Chat" so no the PS3 doesn't have it. Let's not be fanboys here people and make shit up because we want it to exist. I love my PS3 too. I love my PS Vita, and I'll be picking up my PS4 at a midnight launch event, but I'm not going to set here and say, "Bla, blah, you can text while playing so it cross game chat."
You cant text while playing thta's the point, when you go to the XMB while playing a game it effectively pauses the game you're playing. Be real for a minute dude.

kreate1851d ago

Wow.. u guys are amazing.


Hard to explain cross game chat to ps3 gamers

My point:

No explanation needed cuz they already know

*u guys are dancing around the main topic stating the obvious*

I have cross game voice chat on my xbox360. Add me right now and we can chat. I know what it is. Everyone knows what it is, but xbox live paying fanboys tries to over-justify it. My gamertag on my profile. Bring it!

madpuppy1845d ago

I owned an Xbox360 day one and I know what cross game chat is like, I'm playing Bioshock by myself at night getting real into it and someone breaks the mood to start chatting to me, asking me if I have a copy of Gears because he wants me to join him in annoying, I would rather have gotten a pop up bubble with the request, than killing the moment I was having in Bioshock. it's just lame.

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Statix1851d ago (Edited 1851d ago )

To this day, I still don't understand why Xbox fans hype the hell out of Cross-game chat. I didn't care before, I don't care now.

If I wanted to talk to my friends while playing a different game, I could EASILY use Skype, or Xfire, etc.

nosferatuzodd1851d ago

lol well said bubble 4you man , and you're right i never use this crap on my xbox this is 4ppl who have no real friends plus you of to put up with the racist jerks
on xbox live that's why now i only game on ps3

Mottsy1851d ago

Ya cos my real friends don't like talking to real friends via cross game chat. What was Sony thinking?! And your complaining about racist jerks? Better get off the internet ASAP!

Bottom line this is a welcome service and Sony was smart on finally adding it.

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cloud4951851d ago

The PSVita does it so this wasn't much of a surprise but I'm glad it's been confirmed.

joel_c171851d ago

still dont care about cross game chat :p

Temporary1851d ago

Neither do I. Only thing i'd use it for is watching netflix with a conference chat going. So we can watch the same stuff and chat. but even that would get boring after a while. Extra features never hurt at all though.

Soldierone1851d ago

Never understood the big deal about it. If I'm playing COD, why do I want to talk to someone playing Assassins Creed? Or on a different map in COD?

Now I'll just be annoyed by my friends more often. "join my chat" No, Im in a game! "so? talk while you play!" no.

itz_zombies1851d ago (Edited 1851d ago )

How very antisocial of you.

EDIT: Im just joking.

DarkBlood1851d ago

exactly, making it out to be like we are casually playing our games or something lol

i Don't think i plan to use this feature much if not at all, its a distraction hearing some other game or another voice while trying to focus on your game

WitWolfy1851d ago

What a douche, just bucuase you dont doesnt mean others feel the same way.

Mottsy1851d ago

Then your on the wrong news link.

lawks_land1851d ago

Congratulations, Playstation, you're finally including a feature that's been on PC for decades!

talisker1851d ago

Actually you are wrong. PC doesn't have any centered infrastructure for gaming. Even Steam is just an option. And speaking of Steam, I was completely astonished not so long ago when I wanted to send a text message (just TEXT) to somebody who was offline and I couldn't! I'm not sure about Origin. Using Teamspeak or similar isn't part of the gaming experience, it's just another program you use.

lawks_land1851d ago

Yes, but tools that allow VOIP have existed for a long time. It doesn't necessarily have to be a centralised gaming infrastructure to equate, since it's available on the platform. Using TS or Vent can be part of the gaming experience, and many consider it to be an essential part.

By the way, both Steam and Origin allow you to send text messages to offline friends.

talisker1851d ago

Could you tell me how? Because my Steam interface says otherwise, so does the official forum http://forums.steampowered.... I can message online people but not offline. Pretty useless for me then.

For me, if something is not integrated, it's not there. So Steam has no chat support, even as text.

Drekken1851d ago

Download ventrilo, Steam, teamspeak, mumble, skype, google chat - You are right there isn't an infrastructure. There are multiple ways to communicate.