Sony needs to do something to save the miserable introduction to PlayStation Plus, and according to some speculation, that something could be cross-game voice chat.
I have to admit that Sony's announcement of PlayStation Plus, the premium PS3 online service, really missed the mark. By offering people what it was supposed to give them with a subscription to Qore but barely ever did, I imagine most PS3 owners aren't on the fast-track to a PS Plus subscription.
Exclusive game demos, premium content, and the occasional free game. These were all promised features of Qore, a digital magazine on the PS3 that costs users $25 a year. But people have been disappointed with the lack of exclusive content. I bet there's a constituency of gamers out there that are still bitter with that and don't appreciate that Sony now wants to charge $50 for something they were supposed to get for $25.
There's nothing special in PlayStation Plus. However, Examiner has posted a screenshot of the official Dutch version of PlayStation.com explaining PlayStation Plus, with the feature "Cross-game Voice Chat: Invite your friends to chat online no matter what game you're all playing, even if they aren't members of PlayStation Plus." It appears in English, even though the rest of the site is in Dutch.
When asked about cross-game voice chat, Sony told Eurogamer that it was "not part of the press release." That's interesting language. He didn't say that it was not coming to PlayStation Plus. So this could be something that actually makes PS Plus a useful service.
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