House: Cross-Game Chat is a “side issue”

Thursday, 17th June 2010 12:59 GMT By Joe Anderson


Sony Computer Entertainment Europe boss Andrew House has said that Cross-Game Chat is a “side issue”.

We revealed earlier this week that Sony’s official site listed Cross-Game Chat as a feature of PlayStation Plus, before being told in a statement from Sony that it wasn’t.

“I think that’s a separate, side-issue from PlayStation Plus right now,” said House, speaking to Eurogamer. “I don’t think we’ve talked about that for that reason.”

Asked if it was something Sony was considering, all House would say is:

“That’s not really something we’re talking about at this show, before adding that Sony would talk to fans about this. ” But not right now? “No.”

PlayStation Plus launches worldwide on June 29, and costs £39.99 for a year’s subscription, while a 90-day sub costs £11.99.



  1. Mike


    #1 5 years ago
  2. daytripper

    They really should not have scrapped the “playstation world” idea that was revealed in PSM before ps3 was launched, it looked very good and way better than what PSN is. That was a real Xbox Live rival and the only reason I can see them scrapping it was money.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Superfrog

    @ News headline: “a separate, side-issue from PlayStation Plus right now” does not equal “side-issue”.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Mike

    “side issue” = PSN won’t allow it without a major overhaul.


    *spastic face*

    #4 5 years ago
  5. cookiejar

    Yep. Maybe its coming with that ‘new XMB’ we heard about. I’d say that was more of a firmware 4.0 thing rather than a 3.40, though.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. akrillic

    Cross-game Chat or “private chat” is the single most talked about feature with every promise of a firmware update. What is it that’s proving so difficult to implement?

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Blerk

    I’m still sort of confused about why people even want it.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Gekidami

    Because it is a useful feature.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Amored

    @Blerk – Because it would make PSN a community. When I play on my PS3, it’s like I’m not even online, because there’s no real chat feature. When I’m on my 360, I’m usually in party chat with somebody.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Blerk

    But does it really have to be cross-game? That’s what I’m getting at. Allowing people in parties who are playing together to chat is one thing, but is the cross-game thing really so important?

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Kerplunk

    To some extent, people always want what they haven’t got. Whatever is lacking, you can bet that people will crawl out of the woodwork (or from under their bridges) and claim it’s a deal-breaker or makes something utterly unusable.

    People tend to be drama queens.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Blerk

    It’s like the custom soundtracks thing. People always bang on about that like it’s absolutely essential and yet I’ve never used it. Not even once.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. DaMan

    seriously, custom soundtracks are as useful as the cross game chat?


    #13 5 years ago
  14. Amored

    @Blerk – Yes, because that would require you to play the same game as your friends just to be able to chat with them. If it was cross-game, you could play whatever you wanted, and he could play whatever he wanted. What if you didn’t wanna play anything? What if you just wanted to browse the PS Store for a little while or check out PS Home, and he wanted to play EyePet. Then you wouldn’t be able to chat. But if PS3 featured cross-game-chat, you would! :D

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Mike

    Basically, if I’m playing Gears and you and Psychotext want me to join in playing Barbie Horse Adventures, whilst I’m just finishing off my mission and you two are choosing your costumes we can all chat and have a laugh.

    Then, when the two of you are finished playing dress-up and me teabagging Locust, I can join you with no breaks in conversation etc.

    To me, that’s what being “connected” to a network is about.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Amored

    @Mike – Well said.

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Gadzooks!

    I suspect they will wait to see what the uptake of PSN+ is before commiting to cross-game chat.

    Basically they will need a new server infrastructure to support it, so if they make enough money from PSN+ then they can fund it.

    Whether the feature goes in PSN+ or regular PSN is anyones guess.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. reask

    The younger ones use it quite a lot.
    My one might be playing in one party whilst chatting to her m8s playing a different game.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Alakratt

    PSN+ is really not appealing to me at all. If they want people to jump aboard they should add more stuff to it. idk, like the extended warranty that was rumored, and…idk But it’s good that they’re keeping cross-game chat separate, it’ll expand the PSN community way more.

    QUESTION: What was that about the first 3 months free? Can anybody elaborate more? Do we like, get 3 months free when we update to 3.40?

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Amored

    You get 3 additional months for free the first time you subscribe for 1 year.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. theevilaires

    I could care less really but I would like to have custom soundtracks whenever I want.

    People bitch about cross game chat in games, but love to text their stupid friends all the time on a damn cell when a call is much easier and faster. Society is fucking stupid!

    #21 5 years ago
  22. ivycrew707

    Did anyone see anything about cloud storage?

    #22 5 years ago

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