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Sony Computer Entertainment America Lets You Be The Star This Holiday Season

October 28, 2008

Sony Computer Entertainment America Lets You Be The Star This Holiday Season

From Rock to Country, the Party-Favorite Franchise Introduces SingStar Vol. 2, SingStar Country and SingStar Legends

Sony Computer Entertainment of America today announced the release of its SingStar holiday line-up for the PLAYSTATION 3 and the PlayStation 2. Offering something for everyone this holiday, SingStar places family and friends center stage with SingStar Vol. 2 for the PS3 system and SingStar Country and SingStar Legends for the PlayStation 2 system. SingStar ABBA also will be available to SingStar fans for both the PlayStation 2 and PS3 systems on December 2.

SingStar makes an encore performance for the PS3 system with SingStar Vol. 2 featuring 30 hot new tracks from artists including The Bravery, Spoon, Paramore, Radiohead and more. SingStar Vol. 2 gives players access to a catalog of hundreds of downloadable songs featuring real artists and videos, via the PS3 online SingStore. Players can choose songs across multiple genres to create their own personalized party playlists. Proving to be a top destination for SingStar fans with thousands of new videos uploaded on a weekly basis, My SingStar Online lets players share their personal SingStar performance with the online worldwide SingStar community via captured video, audio and photo.

Later this year, SingStar fans with a robust PlayStation 2 collection will be able to enjoy their entire SingStar library on the PS3 system. For the first time ever, PS3 SingStar owners will be allowed to access content from all SingStar PlayStation 2 titles when using current and future SingStar PS3 discs via a free game update that provides users with backwards compatibility of PS3 and PlayStation 2 discs. Fans who have built up their PlayStation 2 SingStar library can continue to enjoy their collection on the PS3 system by hitting the select button in the song carousel and inserting the disc they'd like to sing along to. This new feature will work with all current PS3 systems and will not require a PS3 system software update.

A series of themed song packs will also be released for SingStar on the PS3 system in the coming months. The series will be led in North America by two ultimate Queen packs featuring hit songs, 'Bohemian Rhapsody', 'We Are The Champions', 'Another One Bites the Dust' and many more.

The SingStar franchise continues to expand its growing music library for the PlayStation 2 system with the addition of two new SingStar titles, SingStar Country and SingStar Legends. SingStar Country brings one of the best-selling music genres to the PlayStation 2 system with over 30 hit songs from today's newest and hottest country artists including, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Faith Hill and more. Partnering with leading country music label group and sister company, Sony Music, SingStar Country represents the first title in the franchise to feature artists on the cover, including popular Sony Music country stars Brad Paisley, Gretchen Wilson and Alan Jackson.

SingStar Legends for the PlayStation 2 system brings top hits from the biggest bands and artists in history including Marvin Gaye, Patsy Cline and The Police. Featuring a legendary track list, SingStar Legends includes 30 chart-topping singles such as 'What's Goin On?', 'Crazy', 'Roxanne' and many more.

Coming December 2, SingStar ABBA will be available to SingStar fans for both the PlayStation 2 and PS3 systems. Developed in full collaboration with ABBA and Universal Music Group in Sweden, which manages the rights to the ABBA brand, SingStar ABBA features top hits from ABBA's 1992 album, "Gold," including 'Mamma Mia', 'Gimme Gimme Gimme', 'Waterloo' and 'Dancing Queen'.

"With over 14 million units sold worldwide, the SingStar franchise continues to evolve the interactive singing experience, creating superior entertainment for the whole family," said Scott A. Steinberg, vice president of product marketing, SCEA. "With next-generation features like PS3's My SingStar Online and a PlayStation 2 library with hundreds of tracks from a mixture of genres, SingStar provides casual-friendly, social gameplay for every taste, lifestyle and budget. From SingStar Country to SingStar ABBA, the franchise will continue to build on its success with a diverse holiday catalogue offering something for all types of music fans."

All SingStar titles are available either as a stand-alone disc or packaged with two high-quality USB microphones. Fans who own microphones from the SingStar PlayStation 2 library can put them to use with SingStar Vol. 2 for PS3.

The independent Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has rated SingStar Vol. 2, SingStar ABBA, SingStar Country, and SingStar Legends "T" for Teen.

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