As you may or may not know, Sony has pushed v2.70 of the PS3 firmware update to users tonight which includes a few new features. I’d just like to focus on one new feature and how I feel it can help SRK’s PS3 players, but also how it can help for tournaments.
The newest added feature to the firmware is the addition of text chat. My initial reaction to this was… “uh… aren’t we taking a step back from voice chat and the year 2009 here, Sony?” But it actually comes in FAR more handy than I realized.
The general premise of the feature is that you can create a persistant chatroom on PSN and have up to 15 friends join you there and you can be in 3 different rooms at the same time. You do NOT need to quit whatever game you are playing to use it either. When a new message is posted on one of the rooms you are in, you’ll receive a small notification at the top right part of the screen listing what room the activity was in, who spoke and what was said.
It’s a very simple chat interface and doesn’t let you type in quite as much text as I would like, but… for organizing tournaments, it’s going to be nice not to need to be by a PC to find out who you are facing. The organizer can start up a room (or two or three if need be) invite the tournament players in and let them know who is playing who and so on. Players can easily report results… and I think this can help speed things up quite a lot.
Another idea is maybe to create one room just for chatting about the tournament and have a separate channel simply for the tournament organizer to report results to players… That way players that aren’t interested in the chatter can just get what they want to know. Real time results!
Anyways, that was just my first thought about how we can use this to our advantage. Anyone have any thoughts or maybe further ideas on how we can use this new text chat feature?