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.