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Rumor: EA Preventing Universal In-Game Voice Chat on PS3?
Posted on August 26, 2009 by Shak
 

Earlier today Super_Secret, who has been correct about almost every piece of information regarding PS3 firmware updates, posted up a thread on the N4G forums where he explained that there was one company the was holding back the release of a universal custom soundtrack support and in-game voice chat support on the PlayStation 3.

He mentioned that this company wasn't Activision, but didn't mention any specifics on which company he was talking about. Later on he posted the following as clue:

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Well PS3Center managed to decipher this code as it was encoded in Base 64 and translates to:

"It's not Activision. It's not Ubisoft. It's not Capcom. It's not Insomniac. It's not Konami. It's not Take 2. It's not Midway. It's not Squaresoft. are wE All getting the picture yet? One point I want to reiterate - there's a difference between the games that didn't work with in-game XMB and the games that DID work with in-game XMB but DIDN'T work well with custom soundtracks, so stop picking out the ones that simply didn't do in-game XMB. Also, it wasn't just ONE game that caused this, either. Although one title does come to mind and it wasn't even what you or I would call a "Big" game. I'll give you a hint: HPatOofP."

HPatOofP can only be one game, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which is published by EA. So is EA really blocking an essential feature from 24 million users?

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Darren says:
...And EA have took the crown of been the industries biggest douchebags once more, from Activision.
Posted on Aug 26, 2009 18:41:04
tonzie says:
Haha I never knew there was a competition. I've always thought EA was a money hording corporate a** hole. Buying out studios and letting them die, a lot like Microsoft. If you ask me, it's sort of uncalled for. ;)
Posted on Aug 26, 2009 20:09:04
Dustin S. says:
I dont care, i couldnt care less about either feature and still love EA right now. At least they are not jacking their prices up and offering periphals to every game they make.
Posted on Aug 26, 2009 20:27:50
SaintAvi says:
Well you arent forced to get the peripherals, but with this situation we are all robbed of a feature that is highly requested
Posted on Aug 26, 2009 23:09:13
SaintAvi says:
Well you arent forced to get the peripherals, but with this situation we are all robbed of a feature that is highly requested
Posted on Aug 26, 2009 23:09:13
Dustin S. says:
I dont care, i couldnt care less about either feature and still love EA right now. At least they are not jacking their prices up and offering periphals to every game they make.
Posted on Aug 26, 2009 20:27:50
tonzie says:
Haha I never knew there was a competition. I've always thought EA was a money hording corporate a** hole. Buying out studios and letting them die, a lot like Microsoft. If you ask me, it's sort of uncalled for. ;)
Posted on Aug 26, 2009 20:09:04
Darren says:
...And EA have took the crown of been the industries biggest douchebags once more, from Activision.
Posted on Aug 26, 2009 18:41:04
Darren says:
...And EA have took the crown of been the industries biggest douchebags once more, from Activision.
Posted on Aug 26, 2009 18:41:04
tonzie says:
Haha I never knew there was a competition. I've always thought EA was a money hording corporate a** hole. Buying out studios and letting them die, a lot like Microsoft. If you ask me, it's sort of uncalled for. ;)
Posted on Aug 26, 2009 20:09:04
Dustin S. says:
I dont care, i couldnt care less about either feature and still love EA right now. At least they are not jacking their prices up and offering periphals to every game they make.
Posted on Aug 26, 2009 20:27:50
SaintAvi says:
Well you arent forced to get the peripherals, but with this situation we are all robbed of a feature that is highly requested
Posted on Aug 26, 2009 23:09:13
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER ...
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: EA UK
Genre: Adventure
ESRB: Everyone 10+
Release: 2007-06-25
Wished: 0
PCN Rating: NR

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