According to the US Official PlayStation magazine, the PS3 may well soon be getting cross-game chat capabilities, thanks to a PlayStation Network update. However, the feature may be set to come at a price, limited to those who take on Sony’s rumoured subscription charges.
The article noted that, “Aside from the 3D goodness, cross-game party chat is the obvious ‘next big feature’, even though it might be restricted to paid [PSN] subscribers.”
It also stated: “Sony’s current service is one of the PS3’s best features, so we’d begrudgingly welcome a revamped PSN with extra subscriber functionality, like cross-game-chat and exclusive PSN downloads.”
Cross-game chat has been open to Xbox-Live subscribers for quite some time, though the Xbox-Live Gold experience is subscription based.
And while a subscription service for Sony’s console is likely on the cards, the PS3 makers stress it would not afect any of the content that is already available for free, just extras should the user want them. Such extras are even rumoured to include unlimited PSP and PS1 downloads, which could be a pretty big incentive should Sony choose to include it.