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More info on the title that will take Europe by storm.


http://www.gamesindustry.biz/content_page.php?aid=25001


Sony producer highlights importance of choice


Speaking in her keynote at this morning's Nordic Game conference, Paulina Bozek focused on "mass customisation" and how current trends have influenced the development of the PS3 instalment in the SingStar series.


"We are on the cusp of a big shift in media consumption and media production," said Bozek, who is executive producer and game director for the franchise. "We are already living and working in these kinds of conditions and this will permeate our work even further."


Her speech, 'My Everything: From playlists to profiles and virtual worlds, mass customisation and explosion of choice and creativity', focused on the importance of allowing huge amounts of choice to users.


"There have been some big media shifts recently and the landscape of entertainment has changed," she said. "MySpace is really the new MTV. TV is online, music is digital, products are tools and players are becoming creators.


"Clearly there is some kind of a big shift going on. It's a new era of consumer participation."


Bozek showed "the coolest powerpoint in the world" to the audience in Malmo, Sweden, flashing up brands such as Second Life, PlayStation Home, NikeiD, iPod, Starbucks, Facebook, EA's Tiger Woods, and Media Molecule's recently announced PlayStation 3 community game, Little Big Planet. She spoke at length about the unbundling of content for users before showing off the new SingStar in action.


"Our major innovations for the next gen platform are SingStore, which is an online store that allows players to create their own playlist by downloading songs of their choice, and My SingStar Online, she said. This is a community platform for SingStar fans to upload photos and video and audio to share with friends."


SingStore was shown working, while Bozek laboured the point that many SingStar users are not traditional gamers - so her team was careful to make buying tunes from the service as easy as possible, with the user never having to leave the game.


PS3 Singtar will launch with 350 songs, with more than 100 expected to be added every month. Bozek showed Shut Up by the Black Eyeds Peas and Atomic by Blondie running on SingStore, flicking through tracks by Cindy Lauper, Destiny's Chield, KT Tunstall and Gwen Stafani.


The game is "nearly finished," said Bozek, and will ship this summer, but the American fell short of discussing costings for downloading tracks.


"We're going to be announcing our pricing quite soon , but I can't announce it today," she said.
 

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I would love to get this game. I love doing karaoke. My fiance won't let me buy a Magic Mic (which would only do stereo anyways). With 350 songs, I think I can convince her to let me get this game.


This would be awesome in 5.1. I didn't get the PS2 games, because they were 2.1 channel (I'm too cheap to buy a optic cable for the PS2).
 

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Originally Posted by Gradthrawn /forum/post/0


In regards to launching with 350 songs, I believe they are referring to songs in the SingStar Store, and not songs that are included on the disc.

Yeah I highly doubt that they would include 350 songs on the disc. I would expect something along the lines of 50 songs either on disc or through download credits.
 
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