​PS4 Karaoke Puts The Phone in Microphone

Listen, being able to use your smartphone as a microphone for the just-announced PS4 version of SingStar just-announced PS4 version of SingStar is a brilliant idea. But there's no escaping the fact that it looks a little silly, too.

Previous entries in the PlayStation karaoke series had players warbling pop hits into microphone accessories. This time, a companion app—compatible with both PS3s and PS4s— will be letting you belt tunes into the smartphone that's presumably already in your pocket. It's a smart move on Sony's part, one that eliminates the cost and hassle of buying new peripherals.


While never a phenomenon on the scale of Guitar Hero or Rock Band, SingStar sold well in Europe. It's the kind of game that helped the PS2 and PS3 branch out past a hardcore audience so it makes sense that Sony would revive SingStar for a new hardware generation. Final thought: let's all be grateful in advance for the upcoming wave of phone-singing videos that SingStar PS4 will deliver unto us.


Luke Plunkett

This is so stupid. Half the appeal of the older games - nay, most of it for a lot of its target market - was the fact it shipped with quality, replica mics. That made singing into them feel a bit special. Singing into your phone is the opposite of special.