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Submitted by News Bot 3250d ago | interview

Interview with Xfire CEO Mike Cassidy

For the uninitiated, Xfire software in its current form is a free PC download that features friends lists, instant messaging and other convenient community features for PC gaming. Xfire officially announced today that it is taking its first steps into the console gaming world via Sony's PS3.

Xfire, which media giant Viacom acquired in April for $102 million, actually has two new PS3-related deals. One agreement is with Sony Online Entertainment, the developer of Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom, which will integrate Xfire into its game. The other is a tools and middleware development and license agreement with Sony Computer Entertainment, which will have Xfire creating an SDK for developers that will allow for Xfire implementation for future PS3 games (see PS3 interface mockup below, provided by Xfire). The technology will allow PS3 and PC Xfire users to chat across their respective platforms.

Hints of PS3 implementation of Xfire surfaced earlier this year, when Viacom mentioned in passing a deal between Xfire and Sony regarding the PS3.

So what other PS3 games will incorporate Xfire, and why is Sony opting to outsource the development of certain community features for its upcoming PlayStation Network Platform? Next-Gen asks Xfire CEO Mike Cassidy. (Industry, PS3)

daboosa  +   3250d ago
Godd news
We all think this is a god idear! Im a regullar user of X-Fire and it is great hope COD3 will be using tht! bet not tho
unleash bass  +   3250d ago
good news for gammers but...
They have pinched another idea from someone else. i.e. 'live anywhere'.
unleash bass  +   3250d ago
i'd like to smack his shinny bold head *SLAP!*
hehe. Sorry dude I've just got a stupid sence of humour.
DreDawgg06  +   3250d ago
Basically
Xfire has confirmed that its online community platform will be used in the upcoming PS3 title, Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom—the first of “multiple” PS3 games that will use the application. Full interview with Xfire CEO Mike Cassidy within…

There are multiple PS3 games that will have Xfire in them. Unfortunately, I can’t say which ones they are yet. … There are some other good titles that will have Xfire in them

Xfire is not replacing SCE’s PlayStation Network Platform at all. They have their own network platform that they will describe and roll out. What we’re doing is complementary.

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