New PS3 update brings cross game chat – for a price

The new PS3 firmware update will bring in a host of new features – including the PlayStation Plus subscription service – and we’ve just got word of one that, until now, hasn’t been revealed: cross game voice chat.

Xbox Live has always been able to use its cross game voice chat feature, which allows you to natter online to a group of friends while you’re all playing different games, as a distinct advantage over the PlayStation Network. It seems that this won’t be the case for much longer: the new PS3 update is coming next Tuesday, 22 June.

Of course, to get cross game chat you’ll have to shell out for the PlayStation Plus service. UK pricing hasn’t been revealed yet, but we know that the service will set US gamers back between $49.99 and $79.99. One interesting aspect, however, is that you’ll apparently be able to invite PlayStation Plus non-subscribers into cross game chat. Pretty handy.

Out 22 June | £TBC | PlayStation (via Product Reviews)

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