Sony: We cannot add cross-game chat

President of Sony Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida, has divulged the true reason as to why the PlayStation 3 doesn’t have cross-game chat.

It seems like the majority of fans (or, more likely, a small percentage who happen to take to forums to complain about everything) were clamouring for the function to be added in a firmware update.

However, Yoshida has declared that games take precedence when it comes to allocation of RAM.

“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.”

The question now is whether the Vita will have cross-game chat implemented. From the remarks made by the Sony chief, the decision has to be agreed before release and must be implemented into all units. Does anyone care about having this feature? Leave a comment below.

Written by Raj Mahil

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  • Anonymous

    I could, somewhat, see why it’d be important to a mobile gamer. If your traveling around and you hit a wifi signal, you could chat with your friends, set up games and what have you while still playing your single player game, while being able to just leave and not have it affect your game.

    But I don’t know if you have to manually connect to it, which would force you to back out of the game.

  • Anonymous

    I really haven’t played online nearly as much as I’d like, my mic has hardly ever been used I find voice chat with randoms never really takes off and when playing with randoms hardly anyone uses their mics.

    I think it’s something they should include going forward though, if I did get to play online more I can see how it would be handy in certain situations.

  • It’s a feature I would of used a lot for sure. I use it all the time on the 360 and it sucks that PS3 is not capable of doing so. Hopefully Sony take a lot more care with the PS4 OS. And judging by the Vita they have.

    • Anonymous

      Well if can do it, but It must be implemented in the game itself.

  • I don’t feel that I need cross game chat, I can just message people

  • I honestly dont care about cross-game chat. Im more of a single player campaign and while I like to interchange a few messages with my friend before playing s I don’t want to stay talking for hours.

  • Anonymous

    So am I reading this wrong or is he almost saying that Game Developers have the ability to implement cross game chat or in game chat as a feature in their game?

    Likewise with the Vita hooked up to a PS3 Cross Chat would be happening via the Vita while synced but not from the PS3.

  • Anonymous

    It’s hard to miss something I have never had.  Maybe if it becomes central to the vita experience it would feel lacking in the PS3 but at the moment I don’t really care.

  • Anonymous

    I never personally understood what the big deal was about cross-game chat (don’t nerd rage me, I’m old(er) and still use a phone not Skype).  What I don’t get is they knew there were a lot of people clamoring for this, why didn’t they just come out and say it earlier?  Or is it they are just finally exhausting every possibility of trying to get it to work.

  • Well something to shoot for the PS4 then. I honestly don’t need it, I’m good with talking with the people I’m actually playing the same game with. Sure it would help out with some boring game, but at the same time if the game is that boring that I want to just chat with my friends odds are I’ll not be playing it long.

    As for the Vita having it, I think since Sony can see it is a big deal to some gamers out there why not be prepared this time around and add more memory. Again odds are I’ll not use it but hey there will be those that do, and why not take the opportunity to have a system set up for it at the get go.

  • Anonymous

    I never cared about the feature anyways. Who wants to talk to you if you are trying to focus on the game you are playing?