Chatterboxes

When I’m playing a game, I generally get so absorbed that I can’t respond to simple questions like “how are you?” or “why aren’t you in the kitchen?”. But some people are chatty gamers, and like to talk to friends while playing games, even if those friends are playing different games. Those getting a PS4 will be able to do just that.

Sid Shuman, manager of Social Media as Sony Computer Entertainment, confirmed cross-game party chat. In the comments section of a blog post about Killzone: Shadow Fall, Shuman replied to a question about cross-game and party chat:

Party Voice Chat will support up to 8 players on PS4, like PS Vita.

This means that people in your party chat room can all chat, whether they’re using the PS4 to play Killzone or Knack, or watching a video/listening to music. As long as the party people are logged into PSN, up to 8 people can happily talk to their heart’s content.

Great news for all the chatty Cathys who want to talk to each other regardless of which game they’re playing. But please, don’t invite me to your party chat – I will just be grunting non-committal sounds until you go away.

Last Updated: October 22, 2013

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was reviewed on PC

55 Comments

  1. Spathi

    October 22, 2013 at 10:16

    Hahah, love the “STFU” tag. Exactly how I feel. I’m glad the PS4 finally supports it, but I’ll be muting a lot of people!

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  2. TiMsTeR1033

    October 22, 2013 at 10:18

    I rather enjoy chatting while playing esp online.. Keeps things interesting. Not too sure about if in different games, but each to their own I suppose.

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    • Spathi

      October 22, 2013 at 10:26

      Ja same game is a must. But different games, WHY??

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      • TiMsTeR1033

        October 22, 2013 at 10:28

        Guess chatty people like to chat lol

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        • ToshZA

          October 22, 2013 at 12:53

          Pretty much this exactly. I love chatting to friends no matter what I’m doing.

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  3. ToshZA

    October 22, 2013 at 10:24

    PC’s have had this functionality for years. Mumble, Teamspeak, Ventrilo, RaidCall, Skype. Those are just the ones I use, I’m sure there are others. Also, 8 max? Wow.

    Sorry consoles but – Master Race, we be having it!

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    • Her Highness the Hipster

      October 22, 2013 at 10:41

      Master Race = Chatty Cathy πŸ˜›

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      • NecroRince

        October 22, 2013 at 10:48

        And apparently quite a few thumbs down…

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        • John's digital rights

          October 22, 2013 at 10:55

          Thumbs down are for the cowards until someone does it to a pc gamer.

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          • NecroRince

            October 22, 2013 at 11:03

            BWAHAHAH πŸ™‚

          • ToshZA

            October 22, 2013 at 12:50

            You know what the funny thing is? I spent my entire weekend playing on my Xbox instead of my PC – because that’s what I felt like doing. But it’s a valid point – PC have had this cross-anything chat for a long, long time. I mean, I can be busy coding a new website while talking to my friend who’s playing Guild Wars, and another who’s jamming Battlefield, while a 3rd is just browsing the internet to kill some time. And we’ll be having a blast. This isn’t news.

            Didn’t expect so many downvotes, but I think I’ll survive. At least after a few sessions with a very expensive shrink.

      • ToshZA

        October 22, 2013 at 12:51

        I’m not just part of the master race, but I’m definitely the chatty type.

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  4. Alien Emperor Trevor

    October 22, 2013 at 10:25

    A friend tried to start a conversation with me while I was busy fighting the two gargoyles in Dark Souls. Not happy.

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    • TiMsTeR1033

      October 22, 2013 at 10:28

      Anti-Social!

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      • John's digital rights

        October 22, 2013 at 10:38

        We’re gamers after all. Deal with it.
        Hehe.

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    • hendrik

      October 22, 2013 at 11:28

      I am currently at the gargoyles, and for the love of F#ck I can’t beat them. I lost my humanity the first time I died by their hands, so now I can’t even summon my allies to help me. That game will be the end of me

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        October 22, 2013 at 11:46

        Just takes some patience, once you learn their movements it’s just a matter of picking your spot to attack, then back to defense until the next opening. Getting the Drake sword from the Dragon on the bridge helps a lot too.

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        • hendrik

          October 22, 2013 at 11:50

          That is done by shooting the tale of the Dragon a million times, right? O man, that game sucks up so many hours, but I can’t put it down.

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          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            October 22, 2013 at 11:58

            Nah, not a million times, just aim for the line. Shouldn’t take you more than 10 minutes.

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      October 22, 2013 at 11:58

      Yeah, that happened to me a few times as well. I mean I like chatting to folks every once in a while, but not every single gaming session lol!

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  5. John's digital rights

    October 22, 2013 at 10:26

    I only discovered last week that Steam chat has voice call. I feel like an idiot.

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    • Craig Boonzaier

      October 22, 2013 at 10:55

      We use it for team chats, like when we play Borderlands 2 or Dota 2

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  6. oVg

    October 22, 2013 at 10:28

    I like girls who grunt πŸ™‚

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    • TiMsTeR1033

      October 22, 2013 at 10:29

      During playtime?

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      • oVg

        October 22, 2013 at 10:29

        • TiMsTeR1033

          October 22, 2013 at 10:31

          interesting…

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        • Umar heartless

          October 22, 2013 at 10:31

          Not anytime ….

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          • oVg

            October 22, 2013 at 10:32

            What the hell is she like in the bedroom ;P

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 22, 2013 at 10:32

            you’re sick!

          • oVg

            October 22, 2013 at 10:33

            Don’t tell me you have never played tennis inside.

          • Her Highness the Hipster

            October 22, 2013 at 10:41

            i’ve heard about a trick thai women can do regarding table tennis…

          • oVg

            October 22, 2013 at 10:46

            That top spin they do is amazing. While grunting.

          • Umar heartless

            October 22, 2013 at 10:33

            Let’s just say, she won’t use her inside voice

          • Her Highness the Hipster

            October 22, 2013 at 10:40

            the voice inside her?

          • Umar heartless

            October 22, 2013 at 10:54

            Yup that she finds while going through tremendous struggles in the Ghetto…Oh wait…wrong movie

          • TiMsTeR1033

            October 22, 2013 at 10:33

            Where you find these things Umar!?! I worry about you sometimes!

          • Umar heartless

            October 22, 2013 at 10:35

            Lol…it’s tennis..do you not watch Tennis?

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      October 22, 2013 at 10:30

      I’m picturing you saying that in a hillbilly voice & plucking on a banjo.

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      • TiMsTeR1033

        October 22, 2013 at 10:31

        Followed by you have a pretty mouth!

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        • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

          October 22, 2013 at 10:51

          *perty

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          • Admiral Chief Ninja

            October 22, 2013 at 10:59

            *purdy

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            October 22, 2013 at 11:14

            Hur hur. Yeah.

  7. DrKiller

    October 22, 2013 at 10:37

    I enjoy how PS gamers get excited on something that has been on Xbox for years πŸ™‚

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    • Deano

      October 22, 2013 at 11:48

      Dont make fun of the PS gamers they will downvote you.

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      • DrKiller

        October 22, 2013 at 11:55

        The power of the downvote! πŸ˜›

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        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          October 22, 2013 at 11:59

          Meanwhile on the cloud…. ERROR 37!

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        • ToshZA

          October 22, 2013 at 12:55

          I am the master of downvotes on this topic. 7 and counting. See below. I’m crushed. haha.

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          • DrKiller

            October 22, 2013 at 12:58

            damn you are leading! haha.. Well done πŸ™‚

  8. InfoGuy101

    October 22, 2013 at 10:45

    Pretty sure this was a confirm feature back in February already lol. Though the amount of people you can chat with is news though. πŸ™‚

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  9. oVg

    October 22, 2013 at 10:47

    LOL the down vote hit squad is back. Adding even more hits for LG πŸ™‚

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  10. Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    October 22, 2013 at 10:51

    I don’t chat while gaming. Seriously. I’m gaming for a reason. Escapism!

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    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      October 22, 2013 at 12:00

      Same, when I’m in a chatty mood, I’ll chat a way, but sometimes all you want is that peace and quiet that only immersing yourself in a game can provide.

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      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        October 22, 2013 at 12:18

        random chatter breaks game immersion :'(

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  11. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    October 22, 2013 at 11:56

    I always got around this limitation on PS3 by dusting off teamspeak or sometimes Skype, but generally I’m not really a chatterbox online. When I’m in the zone, racking up the kills and taking names, the last thing I want to do is talk to people.

    Yes… I am probably anti-social… Yes… I probably should go on medication, but when you’re in the ZONE.. you’re in the ZONE!

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  12. Hermann Schwindt

    October 22, 2013 at 13:36

    That wont help me one bit. Sometimes I get so engrossed in a game I cant even hear my girlfriend speaking, next to me. And then there is trouble.

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