Station Voice Released for EverQuest II & Star Wars Galaxies

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - July 31, 2008 - Station Voice™, a service powered by Vivox® that allows players to talk to each other in online games, is now available in the role-playing games EverQuest® II and Star Wars Galaxies™, Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE), announced today. Station Voice, which is scheduled to be available next month in EverQuest, is available for players at no additional cost with their current subscription plan.

"In-game voice chat is an enhanced new feature gamers of all levels can enjoy. Now, SOE's players can easily talk to one another and better enjoy the online gaming experience," said John Smedley, president of Sony Online Entertainment. "The integration of Station Voice into these initial games was seamless, and we look forward to incorporating this added gaming experience into other SOE titles, as well as implementing the next phase of features to come soon."

The initial launch of Station Voice will allow players to:

* Talk person-to-person in game with any microphone and headset combo
* Chat with their party, guild or any other group in game
* Play and communicate without worry of a significant increase in game lag
* Manage group/user participation with moderator controls
* Individually mute and set volume per user
* Set up easily without the need for separate software, accounts or registration

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Why not use TeamSpeak or Ventrilo? They do all the above and they also won't drop when the game crashes or disconnects. A definite plus, IMO.

I suppose it does benefit those that do not want to or know how to install 3rd party programs for voice chat.

All worship the Smedley, Destroyer of SOE Games, hoarder of Donuts!

On a more serious note:
Not really much point, chances are that they aint going to move people away from standard VoIP programs like TeamSpeak and Ventrilo... just further spenditure on games that are getting past their sell-by dates.

If only they put this effort into games like Planetside, the only MMOFPS out there, it could have been fantastic Although it does say they will be pushing it into other games, i don't think that they actually class Planetside as one of their games these days.

I totally agree, Planetside needs voice way more than RPGs do. It was annoying to have to use teamspeak. But then again, I guess its just a start and they may have plans to incorporate it.