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SingStar PS3 – Date and details

Aaron Orsak's Avatar + Posted by Aaron Orsak on May 02, 2008 // US Producer

Hello everyone, I’m Aaron Orsak, US Producer of SingStar, and I’ve just arrived back
from a hugely successful Coachella SingStar PlayStation 3 event. I just wanted to confirm what some of you may have read on 1UP, and recap a bit for you guys what we announced while at Coachella last week.

Soundstage

Yes, SingStar PS3 is finally coming to the US and Canada on May 20 and includes full access to the SingStore and, most importantly, My SingStar Online.

In addition to the 30 songs on the disc, the US SingStore will have approximately 200 downloadable songs priced each at $1.49. When you think that you’re getting the song PLUS the video by the original artist PLUS it’s all fully playable via SingStar, it’s a great value. And, the cool thing is, our goal is to add 25 to 50 new songs to the SingStore every month. Initial feedback on the songlist has been pretty positive, and we’re definitely interested in hearing from you guys on what you’d like to see on the SingStore.

And then there’s My SingStar Online for those that aren’t camera shy…My SingStar Online houses your global SingStar identity, and by using the PlayStation Eye you can view, rate, and even post favorite videos, audio recordings, and snapshots to the global SingStar community. Believe me, you can have a lot of fun checking out videos from all over the globe and coming up with your own creative ideas. Over 20,000 videos already have been uploaded to the community since the European launch this past December.

Danny MastersonBijou Phillips

One last bit of news I wanted to share is that we’ll be adding new features day 1 of launch via a free patch for the US, Canada, and Europe. Cool new features include enhanced harmony duets, separate Battle mode difficulty selections, a lag calibration feature for different TV types, and even PSP remote play.

You may be thinking, “what’s the deal with remote play?” Well, with remote play you can browse, stream and remotely launch downloads from the SingStore so you’ve got your party list ready to go by the time you arrive home. You also can check out your profile on My SingStar Online and view other performances shared in the online community.

Look forward to seeing you all online come May 20 and check out the pics from our weekend at Coachella. More to come shortly, guys…so stay tuned…

DJ Steve AokiStacy Keibler

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46 Comments

1

+ StalkingSilence on May 2nd, 2008 at 5:28 am said:

Getting it for my fiancee.


2

+ Mana Knight on May 2nd, 2008 at 5:38 am said:

I’m very excited about this. Day one buy for sure.


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+ darkiewonder on May 2nd, 2008 at 5:55 am said:

awesome. can I ask a question? Do you have or will have Online Versus Mode or Online Duet? at least the online versus so we can go against others? that’s one mode that if isn’t there that should ;3 seeing as I like how Rock Band had it. and i heard the mic for Rock Band doesn’t work?


4

+ zookey on May 2nd, 2008 at 5:58 am said:

Awesome hehe can’t wait!


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+ chasegamez on May 2nd, 2008 at 6:00 am said:

im getting it for my girl


6

+ Stoffinator on May 2nd, 2008 at 6:09 am said:

Singstar looks like fun. But I can’t sing worth a beans. :-p


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+ terribledeli on May 2nd, 2008 at 6:11 am said:

the missus can’t wait. She hounded me for the original games, but I had retired the PS2 by that time.


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+ Arion87 on May 2nd, 2008 at 6:24 am said:

When are the wireless mics coming???

Please let us know we havent heard anything about them in ages


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+ The Souljourner on May 2nd, 2008 at 6:27 am said:

“you’re getting the song PLUS the video by the original artist PLUS it’s all fully playable via SingStar”

Uhh… does that mean there’s an MP3 song file and an MP4 movie file that I can copy onto my PSP and watch/listen to on the subway? No? Then you’re not getting “the song” and you’re not getting “the video”. You’re getting “a SingStar playable song”…. which in and of itself may be worth 1.49, but don’t try to make it sound like you’re actually giving the music and the video to the customer. You’re not.

If you *were* that would be freakin’ sweet.


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+ Broken Haiku on May 2nd, 2008 at 6:31 am said:

You know, with 50 songs a month you might soon reach the promised 350 songs at launch. Aside that lie, I am actually going to get the game.


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+ darkiewonder on May 2nd, 2008 at 6:50 am said:

#The Souljourner

well it did say at he end “via SingStar” which just means oh yeah, you get everything of course as long as you view it from SingStar ;3


12

+ peltz on May 2nd, 2008 at 7:00 am said:

songs should be cheaper and people will purchase more of them.


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+ curtis_bland on May 2nd, 2008 at 7:22 am said:

Are we able to listen/watch these songs/video’s without “playing” the game, but using the software to play the song/video’s of course?

Just a view only mode is what I’m getting at I suppose. Will that be included out of box?


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+ SpartanDavie on May 2nd, 2008 at 7:25 am said:

Come on Sony $1.49!? and we pay £1 in UK?

How come you can settle the exchange rate for Canada Store but not ours? we are paying the equivalent to $2 a song here.

And in the store our exchange rate is far from right!


15

+ kassatsu on May 2nd, 2008 at 7:32 am said:

Will I just be able to buy the game by itself if I already have mics from PS2 SingStar?


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+ Joe on May 2nd, 2008 at 7:44 am said:

I have a few questions and was wondering if you could answer them.

Will the PS3 versions mics be wireless or not? I have the PS2 ones and if not I will stick with the ones I have.

Can SingStar now allow four people to play or is it still two people? The reason I ask is because on the PS2 there was only two spots four mics and now with the PS3 there is four. So if there is four people are they back up singers?

Is there any chance of whole albums to download of your favorite songs from your favorite band?

Will there be any chance of having kids songs on the Store like Hannah Montana?
Because I know my little sister would love that.

Also movie songs will they some day come out on the SingStore?

How easy is online play with SingStar?

Are uploading videos a pain or are they easy?

Sorry I have so many questions I just wanted to ask you about them and find out the answers.


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+ SpartanDavie on May 2nd, 2008 at 7:53 am said:

@ Joe, the PS3 Singstar allows two singers, Singstar PS3 vol.2 (June 2008 release in EU) has a ‘harmony’ mode which is not yet known whether it will be one singing and one backing or two singing two backing etc.

You CAN use PS2 mics. Although i believe they are slightly different.

Songs like that are likely to come on the Singstore at some point in the future.

Uploading videos is simple, just select the ones ou want to share and they upload.

Hope this helps.


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+ TouchyEd on May 2nd, 2008 at 7:55 am said:

25 to 50 songs a month?!

Yah, sure Sony.

If we get more than 1 or 2 a week I’ll be flippin surprised.

We’ve all heard your promises of monthly content before. Like the PS1 games.

Those have been coming fast and furious, haven’t they?

25 to 50 a month. Man, that’s great one! I’ll be giggling all day.


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+ Dr. Strangepork on May 2nd, 2008 at 8:10 am said:

What about using traditional USB mics like those from Logitech? I remember that the Karaoke Revolution mics (which were Logitech) were *not* compatible with the PS2 versions of SingStar. So I never tried SingStar.

What about this time around? I mean, c’mon, I have four USB ports on the front. Let me use them for something. :)

If I can’t I might as well stick with KR.


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+ bnz on May 2nd, 2008 at 8:13 am said:

Will we have mixed US/Europe My Singstar Online communities or will the communities be separated?


21

+ reson8er on May 2nd, 2008 at 8:20 am said:

My wife and I are really looking forward to this.

Thanks for coming forth with the deets.


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+ sholmes1019 on May 2nd, 2008 at 8:40 am said:

Am I the only one who is freaking out over the giant in the first picture? He’s just to the right of the center of the picture and standing to the right of the girl in shorts.


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+ sholmes1019 on May 2nd, 2008 at 8:43 am said:

Also, to the developers:

Will you consider releasing the LocoRoco song? I don’t care what the words are, what language it is, or if the words are even real. Just do your best and make them up so we can sing along.

I’m serious about this. I think it would be cool. Thanks.


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+ SpyroLuver88 on May 2nd, 2008 at 8:54 am said:

@ 23 sholmes 1019

LocoRoco Karaoke here:)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWQHgIJEk2s

@15 Kassatsu
I read that there will be a stand-alone for $39.99 so you could use your existing mics. (I think it was Kotaku)

@13 curtis_bland
I would like to add my vote to his. I would love to just watch High-Def music videos when no one is singing:)


25

+ peltz on May 2nd, 2008 at 8:56 am said:

Will it have the “disk-switch” feature (that works) with previous PS2 versions… or do I have to purchase all those songs again??


26

+ madtyger on May 2nd, 2008 at 8:58 am said:

I so wish I could have been there. Looks like SingStar is going to be a big hit here Stateside though. Can’t wait to try it out.


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+ TT-2k on May 2nd, 2008 at 9:01 am said:

Singstar is a great game and my wife absolutely loves it. But it makes me a bit upset seeing that “across the pond” each song costs $1.49 when us Europeans have to pay €1.49. That’s about $2.30 (!) with current exchange rate.

Please Sony, adjust the European Singstore prices (and bring in more Finnish songs).


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+ Wey-Pooh on May 2nd, 2008 at 9:03 am said:

You can only play the song on SingStar?
That sucks. It should be much cheaper. It’s basically Streaming music since no one can take that song and copy it. I know those artists and you have to get paid but a dollar a song (and video) ,that you can’t play anywhere else, is MUCH more reasonable.
Plus, you’d get more people buying that way. I know I would, not with those prices, though.


29

+ gardea on May 2nd, 2008 at 9:16 am said:

Finally!


30

+ cjethomas on May 2nd, 2008 at 9:47 am said:

I agree with #23! That would be awesome.

JET


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+ mywhitenoise on May 2nd, 2008 at 10:06 am said:

Can you play just the music video (without the sing-a-long words on screen)? If so, I’d buy it.


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+ AckeheceKoheo on May 2nd, 2008 at 10:14 am said:

Hey aaron – can you comment about what is right and wrong about Singstar PS3 in the Singstar PS3 thread here on the us.playstation site?

http://boardsus.playstation.com/playstation/board/message?board.id=singstar&thread.id=6

you might want to read the 1st page and the last page….


33

+ tielo on May 2nd, 2008 at 10:42 am said:

The promis was wireless microfoons. Are you going to keep your promis?


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+ Darkside_Ghost1986 on May 2nd, 2008 at 11:17 am said:

day one for me


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+ SpyroLuver88 on May 2nd, 2008 at 11:18 am said:

@ 23 and 29

There are LocoRoco karaoke vids on YouTube. Not quite the same I know but still cool. This one is my favorite;)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWQHgIJEk2s


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+ tielo on May 2nd, 2008 at 12:10 pm said:

I’m with TT-2k. In the European Singstore prices are more expensive. That sucks!!!!


37

+ nmc75 on May 2nd, 2008 at 12:44 pm said:

Thanks for utilizing both the Remote Play and Sony Eye for SingStar. Makes my PSP and Sony Eye investments more useful.


38

+ APaz on May 2nd, 2008 at 12:59 pm said:

Cool. I’m getting this for my girlfriend since she likes to sing in Rockband. It should be fun.


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+ scorpio on May 2nd, 2008 at 1:40 pm said:

Question: Do you have the option now to lower the vocals of the singer when singing? I found that not having that option really killed the experince for me and the wife who was use to changing it during certain songs.

I think that will be what holds me back from getting SS.


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+ SupremeKai on May 2nd, 2008 at 4:10 pm said:

Would there be Japanese songs at least for download? Sony Music Japan does have Japanese artists…


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+ TheApprentice on May 3rd, 2008 at 7:51 am said:

Song recommendations:
Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus – Singstar sales will explode!!! + my sister wants those songs

Hilary Duff – songs from thealbum dignity and some of herolder stuff as well

Evanescence – lithium etc… From the albums fallen and the open door

Aussie twin sisters “the veronicas” – great songs for duets

That’s all for now…


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+ linebeginstoblur on May 3rd, 2008 at 9:35 am said:

I have a question. I thought I heard somewhere that you could post full song playbacks on My SingStar Online, yet I heard on PS3 Fanboy recently that you can only post 30-second video clips on there. Can anyone confirm which one it is?


43

+ erico316 on May 3rd, 2008 at 5:24 pm said:

i want some linkin park songs,breaking bejamin,three day grace and nickel back if u get at least 1 song from each of them on it im sold


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+ ps3singer on May 4th, 2008 at 12:08 am said:

Aaron,
I bought Singstar Bollywood(PS2) PAL and doohh realized i couldnt play it on my NTSC PS3.
Will these international songs be available on the singstore? Its driving me nuts that this is not available for NTSC


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+ scorpio on May 5th, 2008 at 8:20 am said:

Question: Do you have the option now to lower the vocals of the singer when singing? I found that not having that option really killed the experince for me and the wife who is use to changing it in Karaoke Rev. Series.


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+ Arezou on May 27th, 2008 at 7:05 pm said:

OMG! I luv Singstar and I can’t wait to sing on it! It looks so cool! Thank you for creating such an awsome game for singers!


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