New SingStar will use your smartphones

Home karaoke title SingStar is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and Sony has confirmed there’s a new game on the way. The new game is headed to both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 by the end of the year, and things are a little different this time around.

Dave Ranyard, Studio Director of SCEE WWS observes that more than 26 million copies of the game have been sold worldwide, and gamers have downloaded 25 million tracks:

Back in 2004 we were really breaking new ground, there weren’t really any party or social games around at that stage and the idea of singing into a console was very new! But we’ve always said, people love singing together – and SingStar has always delivered and continues to deliver on the promise of enabling social singing. What’s really exciting about today is that we’re announcing a reinvention of SingStar, this time for the digital generation!

The new version of SingStar works pretty much like you’d expect (with the addition of camera/AR features for the PS4 update), but there’s one major change.

Rather than requiring gamers to purchase extra bits and pieces to play, Sony is also working on a smartphone app. This app will simply turn your iOS or Android device into a microphone, so you can dance and sing to your heart’s content – everybody can join in!

No release date for this one just yet, but SingStar, the companion app and the new SingStar Ultimate Party compilation disc, jam-packed with hit songs, are due out later in 2014.

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