PS3 SingStar to get PS2 disc swapping, new downloads

A new entry on the PlayStation.Blog has made a few new announcements regarding the best-selling karaoke game SingStar. The first (and most underwhelming) is that SingStar ABBA is now available for PS3 and PS2. But Sony have shown their commitment to SingStar's online store by announcing over 60 songs will be released in the next few months. Titles include UB40's "Red Red Wine" and Pink's "Get The Party Started". Additionally, a Christmas pack will be available for just under $7, featuring a selection of well-known Christmas songs to sing along to.

The most unexpected announcement, however, comes in PS2 disc swapping. Those of you familiar with the PS2 versions of SingStar will know that this is nothing new, but this is the first time the feature will work cross-platform. The best part? It works on any PS3, regardless of PS2 compatibility. Although disc ripping in the style of Rock Band 2 is unlikely, this is still a welcome feature for anyone that resents having to pay for the same song twice.

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I'm pleased to read this! I'm so surprised at how much fun Singstar is. No one I know can sing very well, and everyone drags their feet when I ask them to play for the first time, but then we always have a blast. It's always fun to see what the new songs are. I'm up to 84 downloads, now.

Only the launch consoles in the UK had BC. Not even the new 160GB has BC. Launch consoles have always been able to play PS2 SingStar discs separately from SingStar PS3. This update to SingStar allows all PS3's to play PS2 SingStar discs within the SingStar PS3 interface.

The ps3 does offer backwards compatibility for ps2 and maybe the ps1. I know that they put out the 40gig model and its not able to play the ps2 games but before that every ps3 also contained the chips for the ps2 so that the ps3 could play ps2 games. I'm pretty sure the higher end of the ps3's do have backwards compatibility still.

ufis said,
The ps3 does offer backwards compatibility for ps2 and maybe the ps1. I know that they put out the 40gig model and its not able to play the ps2 games but before that every ps3 also contained the chips for the ps2 so that the ps3 could play ps2 games. I'm pretty sure the higher end of the ps3's do have backwards compatibility still.

yes, the 60GB models which are sold on eBay for the original launch prices and up... ridiculous!

Glassed Silver:win

Why can't Sony just enable backwards compatibility for PS1 & PS2 games? I would quite happily shell out for a PS3 if I knew I could put Kingdom Hearts or Wipeout 2097 into the console and play! I can't see it being too difficult a job to sort either.

But PS2 Singstar working in the PS3 is a step forward, and might cause me some grief as my wife loves the PS2 at the moment, just for all the Singstar's we have. Might *have* to buy a PS3 now as she can get the PS3 versions of the game!!!

badblood said,
Why can't Sony just enable backwards compatibility for PS1 & PS2 games?

Why would they give something out for free when they could charge for a backwards compatibility update after the PS2 dies? It's financially unsound.