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Sony team up with Xfire for PS3 online

by Steven Williamson on 13 September 2006, 09:42

Tags: Sony Computers Entertainment Europe (NYSE:SNE)

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Xfire is a freeware instant messaging service targeted toward gamers. Its uniqueness lies in its ability to detect what video game a particular contact is running and allowing IMs to be sent and received from inside the game in question, eliminating the need to minimize the game window. It is currently available for Microsoft Windows only, but not for long if Sony have anything to do with it.

In a statement made to 1up, Sony Computer Entertainment America said, "We can confirm that Sony Online Entertainment is in talks with Viacom and Xfire for a single, specific PS3 game. However, there are no announcements at this time regarding any discussions between SCEA, Viacom and Xfire". He continued by saying that the technology won't be used as part of Sony's Playstation Network Platform, "This proposed deal is completely separate and independent from the PlayStation Network Platform, and is something that SOE was examining specifically for Dark Kingdom."

Sony and Xfire have not released any details on how Xfire will be implemented, but we can be sure that Dark Kingdom is just the guinea pig for the technology, and if it works well, it will be used in many more PS3 games.

What exactly is Xfire?

By analyzing running processes, Xfire can detect active games and send that information to Xfire clients with the current player as a friend. For many games, it can detect which server people are playing on, sometimes detailing which level is running, ping, and more. The program also supports instant joining for many games, which means the user can join their friend in the game in the same server with just TWO CLICKS. Xfire also allows users to send in-game messages to other players without joining the game, as it is an independent application.

Xfire logs what games users are playing, how many hours they have played them, and saves other information (such as scores) from game servers. This information can be converted into a PNG image by the server via PHP for every user to use as a signature.

Source : 1up
XFire History from : Wikipedia


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So Sony are relying on someone else to do their Online messaging system for them, this generally again will put emphasis on developers having change to things to get it working on the PS3 with different bits of software from different companies. The 360 obviously has everything “in built” so is less work for the Devs, interesting to see what the Wii system will be like.
Tom Scott;863953
So Sony are relying on someone else to do their Online messaging system for them, this generally again will put emphasis on developers having change to things to get it working on the PS3 with different bits of software from different companies. The 360 obviously has everything “in built” so is less work for the Devs, interesting to see what the Wii system will be like.

What is wrong with using a tried and tested software application for PS3, better that than starting from scratch and end up with numerous bugs a la Microsoft
grizzla
What is wrong with using a tried and tested software application for PS3, better that than starting from scratch and end up with numerous bugs a la Microsoft

Its generally going to cause developers more problems trying to work with more and more bit of software.
I still think the Playstation Network will only use a few of Xfire's features, I think most of it will be built from the ground up.
At least I hope that's the case, I've used Xfire on occasion on the PC but don't find it particularly good.
Sounds like PS3 is going to be another “Off line” console…

GG Sony…. :(