WARNING: The following Android Police story contains Carly Rae Jepsen's Call Me Maybe.

Music games are great for parties with close and consenting friends who won't judge you when you completely destroy that one riff in Down on the Corner. But they do have one failing: you can't play them without all the plastic instrument accessories, making spontaneous sessions at a friend's place something of a chore.

The creators of Sony's SingStar series have found a solution that will make you say, "why didn't I think of that?" The forthcoming PlayStation 4 edition of SingStar probably won't change the karaoke game's winning formula, but it will let you install a companion app on your Android phone and use said phone like a tiny, rectangular microphone. At this point it's pretty likely that most of the people with a PlayStation will also have a smartphone handy, so the additional functionality is downright ingenious.

The upcoming app will also be compatible with the PlayStation 3 version of the game, according to this blog post, and I assume that "[the app] is compatible with most iOS and Android smartphones and devices" means it will work just fine on non-Sony Android phones. Players will be able to select playlists directly from their phones as well.

There's no ETA for the new PS4 version of SingStar, but the blog post implies it will be several months at least until it's released.

Source: SingStar blog

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Prahlis

    Not a SingStar fan, but that's freaking genius.

  • darkdude1

    Neat idea but I have to admit they look utterly stupid...

  • Dennis

    "WARNING: The following Android Police story contains Carly Rae Jepsen's Call Me Maybe."
    That's why we love Android Police.

    • enoch861

      One of the many reasons I keep on reading AP.

  • Matt

    I wonder how will they handle the latency? Most Android phones have hundreds of milliseconds of audio latency, making it difficult to do things like this. I suppose as long as they're only measuring the pitch of the singing, and not actually amplifying the audio, it might work out OK.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    This is so fucking awful... The fact that Sony pinned that thing on the PS3's XMB UI is enough for me to stay away from this abomination..

  • Sky

    I for one,think it's a great step in the right direction ..MANY updates i assume to follow lol..
    I may or may not of been an expert at the PS3 versions 00

    I think their idea is because people don't want to have to hold another peripheral ..
    they are limiting the amount of "hassle" ..especially if you are going over to a friends house , no need to remember to bring an extra mic ..your phone will do.
    The latentcy is the only issue ..we will see. :)