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Sony shuts down SingStar

As users find their way to other platforms for entertainment, SingStar’s online servers will be shut down at the end of January 2020.

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At 23:59 on 31 January 2020, SingStar’s online services, including SingStore, will be shut down. Sony said in an announcement: “online functionality, network features, and digital music downloads will be immediately disabled”. Players who have downloaded the game and songs to their consoles or own hard copies will not be affected.

The game has sold almost 18 million physical copies and over 4 million individual songs purchased digitally. It was also popular enough in South Africa to have a SingStar Afrikaanse Treffers game released for PlayStation 3.

The decline in SingStar usage can be attributed to a shaky upgrade model. When SingStar for PS3 was released, Sony didn’t release the songs they had promised at 2006 E3. Its saving grace was the ability to play existing SingStar PS2 physical discs within the PS3 SingStar app. When the PS4 was released, SingStar didn’t support PS3 and PS2 hard copies of the game, making existing collections obsolete. This is most likely what caused the shift to other platforms like TikTok, where users can lipsync with music in a video, instead of repeatedly paying to sing along.

The following functionality will still be playable in offline mode:

  • Play songs on physical discs
  • Play digital songs that have previously been purchased and downloaded to the hard-drive
  • PS4 users only will also be able to re-download previously downloaded and deleted songs. Note this is not possible for PS3 / PS2 users, where if a downloaded song is deleted, it cannot be re-downloaded
  • Play Party Mode
  • Track and record high scores offline
  • Take and store videos and snapshots onto the PlayStation’s hard drive
  • Create song playlists

From January 31, 2020 online functionality will be affected in the following ways:

  • Purchasing or downloading new songs will not be possible or available
  • You will not be able to view, upload or interact with any online user-generated content (UGC)
  • You will not be able to share recorded media at the end of a performance on any of the available public sharing platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, PSN or SingStar community)
  • You will not be able to track and record high scores online
  • You will not be able to complete online challenges
  • You will not be able to unlock the following trophies:
    • Channel surfer
    • Concert debut
    • Stars in my eyes

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