For years, PlayStation owners across the world have been requesting cross game chat for the PS3; a service readily available and compatible with the majority of games on rival platform, Microsoft’s X-Box 360.
Living in hope that with each software update, PS3 owners might one day have the same luxury, the dream has been official killed in a recent interview with Shuhei Yoshida (Sony Worldwide Studios President) for Eurogamer.
The reasoning for it’s absence on the PS3 is due memory restrictions. When the PS3 is running a game, it gives all of it’s RAM to the game, leaving nothing left over for other RAM dependent features, including cross game voice chat. This issue has been addressed on the upcoming PS Vita handheld due for release next year.
The Vita is actually packing twice the amount of RAM than the PS3 enabling this feature. Seeing that the Vita will be able to provided cross game chat suggests that this feature will be present in Sony’s next home console offering in the near(ish) future.