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Cross-game Chat: Forever The Unattainable Dream

Cross-game Chat: Forever The Unattainable Dream

The dream is over, or so it seems. We begged, we pleaded, we even went so far as to ask nicely, but it seems it will never happen: cross-game chat is not possible on PS3. Apparently.

It’s all down to RAM issues, with the internal architecture of the console being such that… yeah, we don’t know what we’re talking about. It’s probably better to quote Shuhei Yoshida, Sony Worldwide Studios president, who was talking to Eurogamer:

“Once a game gets RAM we never give it back. It’s not possible to retrofit something like that after the fact… The game has to use its own memory to do [in-game voice chat]. There’s always voice chat in the game. But it’s a part of a game feature. It’s not a part of an OS feature. That’s the reason in terms of the ability to have voice chat across different games.”

No longer can we live the dream. No longer can we beg for it – something we saw as not so much a luxury, more just a standard feature – in monthly sidebars in the magazine. Some of us don’t even chat in-game on PS3, but it’s still quite irksome to see that we’ll apparently never get it.

So – how long until some precocious little hacker manufactures their own, less-than-legal method of allowing cross-game chat? We’ll put money on it happening at some point.

Though we’re not ready to say quite how much money. It’s less a lack of confidence in the bet, more that we have no money. At all.

[Image borrowed from PlayStationLifestyle, because it was too good not to]




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