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Cross-game chat, also known as party chat, will finally arrive on a Sony console after being absent throughout the entirety of the seventh gen of gaming due to memory restriction issues on the PlayStation 3. The PS4's rendition of cross-game chat will support up to eight players, as confirmed by Sony.
DLB-Network spotted the note by Sony's manager of Social Media, Sid Shuman. Unlike Microsoft Sony can actually trust different employees to talk about their upcoming console, where-as Microsoft has limited talk to just Major Nelson and Albert Penello.
Anyway, Shuman simply stated in a comment thread on a PlayStation blog post about Killzone: Shadow Fall that...
Party Voice Chat will support up to 8 players on PS4, like PS Vita.
Previously, Sony had confirmed that the PlayStation 4 would support cross-game party chat as a native system function so it will be available in each and every game running on the PS4. That's excellent news for gamers who have friends who may or may not all have the same game but still want to chat with them regardless.
The cross-game chat has been a much-requested feature by gamers who lamented its absence on the PlayStation 3. The party chat function was also especially popular on the Xbox 360, as gamers could communicate and chat with their friends across different games and eventually meet up and schedule game sessions without actually having to be in the lobby of a game. It was easy, convenient and designed to keep the process of playing with friends across various games seamless and easy.
Due to the PS3's split RAM issues, there just wasn't enough resources to implement the feature and in turn, this meant that the PS3 was lacking one of the most fundamental features for online multiplayer gaming.
The PS4 won't be running into the same kind of hurdles or roadblocks that the PS3 had, especially given that it has a shared thread on the APU to access 8GB of GDDR5 random access memory. The only downside to this is that we don't explicitly know how much of that 8GB is reserved for OS operations. The number seems to leap around quite a bit, but we do know for sure that there's enough reserved for Ustream, the game and cross-game party chat to run simultaneously.
If you like what the PlayStation 4 is selling then you won't have to wait long before you can get in on the action when the system launches in mid-November, next month. Pre-orders are hard to come by for Sony's upcoming console but if you search around enough you might be able to find one from a back-alley Craigslist monger or from an eBay flipper for an astronomical price. There's also the alternative of getting an Xbox One, I hear they're available in a great number of supply.