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Submitted by Cyrus365 2541d ago | news

Exciting news on SingStar backwards compatibility

Three Speech writes: "Exciting stuff just in from Sony…

It's the first anniversary of SingStar for PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3) and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe have a special celebration gift for loyal PlayStation®2 (PS2) SingStars: the ability to play our collection of PS2 discs through SingStar PS3! Arriving right in time for the holiday SingStar party season, a free online update to SingStar PS3 will allow PS2 SingStars to upgrade to PS3 safe in the knowledge that they can take their whole collection of discs with them – while PS3 SingStars can now dust off their PS2 discs and relive the SingStar parties of holidays gone by.

All you'll need to do is connect to PlayStation®Network when the online update goes live on December 16th – 10:00 AM GMT." ( SingStar Vol. 3 , PS2, PS3, SingStar , SingStar 80's, Singstar 90's, SingStar ABBA, SingStar Amped , Singstar Bollywood, Singstar Boy Bands vs Girl Bands, SingStar Country, Singstar Hottest Hits, Singstar Legends, Singstar Pop, SingStar Pop Vol. 2, SingStar Rock Ballads, SingStar Summer Party, Singstar: Disney, Singstar: Hits From the Musicals, Singstar: Singalong with Disney, SingStar: Vol. 2)

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Harry190  +   2541d ago
Great news. The Store is also much better now. But I still want to see 'Keane' and 'Depeche Mode' songs on there and bring those damn PSN cards to Canada PLEASE.
vhero  +   2541d ago
still would have been better though to let us dump the songs to hard drive to add to collection as swapping discs is rather annoying and you can only use 1 disc per session meaning you cant mix the songs from each disc limiting your songs.
shqype  +   2541d ago
Cool, this is good news. But does anyone know when Singstar Trophies are gonna be revealed?
Hot_tea  +   2541d ago
Europe only?
I'm in the states and I'm DYING to get queen songs. Is there any Queen on the Vol 3 disc? I think the reason the US singstore sucks so much balls, is because what is released in Europe, may be on a different record label here. LAME.
ninsass  +   2541d ago
It is for PAL as well as USA
I think
thereapersson  +   2541d ago
Wait, so what does this mean?
Does Singstar on the PS3 act as a PS2 emulator or something? Does this mean 80gb B/C-less people will be getting B/C?
PirateThom  +   2541d ago
This is what I thought when this first came up.

If the PS3, even without PS2 hardware, can read PS2 Singstar discs and run them in emulation through the Singstar PS3 software, is it possible to apply this to other games?
thereapersson  +   2541d ago
Yeah, it makes you wonder how they will do this
Although I have heard rumors that Sony is working on getting B/C enabled in systems that currently are without it. If this happened, of course there would be incompatibilities, but at least people could then play their games without the aid of a PS2.

I still say the PS2 has the best B/C out of both the PS2 and the PS3. It's the only one that actually "smooths" out textures, instead of applying a whole-screen "Vaseline" effect. Also, some of my PSone games don't work correctly on my PS3, even though I have an original 60gb that I bought in June 2007. For example, if I want to play the original Silent Hill, I have to keep my PS2 around because there's a glitch whenever I shoot something when played through the PS3's emulation.
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ninsass  +   2541d ago
You are having SW emulation here
would work on any PS3
Lumbo  +   2541d ago
no, this only means that the Singstar PS3 soft got the needed routines to read the songs from the PS2 disks and display them in PS3 Singstar style. This is certainly NOT PS2 emulator related at all.
ninsass  +   2541d ago
Now thats a good news
since this game is huge in Europe
ninsass  +   2541d ago
Singstar has sold over 20m copies in europe
or more?

can someone clarify
japwow  +   2541d ago
sinncross  +   2541d ago
Actually this could pave the wat for PS2 BC again.

The idea here is that Singstar PS3 will be acitivated, and when you slot in a PS2 Singstar the PS# app will pick up the song list to be used.

If it works that way, with some fine tuning it s definitely not impossible to think that Sony could release an Official PS2 emulator disc (which they'll obviously be a price tag onto) that, when acitivated and running, will allow users to swop the dic with a PS2 game and run it. However the game would need to run in the Emulator discs OS, so I can easily see many games not running correctly meaning the app would see some patches along the way.

Hopefully SCEE think of something. They're usually the ones gear heading all these new ideas for Sony like eyetoy, singstaar and buzz.
Lumbo  +   2541d ago
Sorry, but you are chasing shadows there. The PS2 SingStar is NOT run on the PS3 with this patch, only the PS2 specific filesystem is read for the PS3 SingStar to DISPLAY the songs. It has been stated already by SCEE that the patch does not rely on any PS2 code but includes reading compatibility for the PS2 SingStar song/video content only.
typikal82  +   2541d ago

Woohoo! Talk about making it easier to party. Man, I've had tons of singstar parties and this is going to help out a ton.

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