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Sony Interactive Entertainment (formerly Sony Computer Entertainment and Sony Network Entertainment) is a multinational developer and publisher of software and video games founded in 1993 to launch the original PlayStation. SIE has headed research and development, hardware and software publishing for all PlayStation platforms since. Today they are best known for flagship franchises including Uncharted, Gran Turismo, God of War, LittleBigPlanet, Hot Shots Golf and exclusives like The Last Guardian, Horizon: Zero Dawn and Until Dawn.

SingStar DLC and Community Features sunset January 31, 2020

Sony announced recently that one of their longest running online offerings will be coming to an end on January 31st, 2020. While the SingStar series dates back to 2004 on the PlayStation 2, its marketplace of downloadable songs and pre-TikTok social portal full of dance clips took off in 2007 on PlayStation 3. And in just a few short weeks that will all be gone.

Two announcements were made earlier this month; the one below is from the SingStar team and rings a little more human than the Decommissioned Servers post which has the full breakdown of what you will and won’t be able to do after January.

After 15 incredible years, we have made the difficult decision to shut down the SingStore servers on 31 January 2020. After that date, you will still be able to enjoy your downloaded songs, but all online functionality and network features will no longer be available, and you will not be able to purchase any new songs from the SingStore.

Any SingStar content you have shared to will be deleted. For PS3 users, please check that any digital purchases you have made and would like to keep have been downloaded onto your console before 31 January 2020. If you are a PS3 user and delete any content after that date, you won’t be able to redownload it.

Of course, any SingStar discs you have previously purchased will continue to work in offline mode, though you will not be able to obtain all trophies. You can read more about the digital store’s closure here:

We’ve loved watching the community grow, and have lots of fond memories from working on SingStar. Your support over the years has meant the world.

Thank you and lots of love,
The SingStar team

Until January you can still download the SingStar front-end for free on both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 as well as browse (and download) over a decade of community clips from the SingStar homepage. Thanks again to FallenRyan for pointing out the news. I’ve got the date added to the Watch List calendar and will have a page up soon.

Driveclub franchise on sale ahead of Delisting deadlines

Just a quick FYI that Sony has put much of the Driveclub franchise on sale ahead of its removal from the PlayStation Store on August 31st. All three main entries in the series — Driveclub, Driveclub VR, and Driveclub Bikes — are on sale at up to 50% off in North America and there’s a bunch of free DLC cars, skins, and themes to grab as well. For some reason, Sony Australia and Europe didn’t see fit to discount the Bikes expansion but the original game and Driveclub VR are still on sale in those regions.

Although you’ll only be able to buy the games for about a month, Sony has promised to keep the servers and online features up and running through March 2020. That gives racing fans and Trophy hunters just over eight months to play the full Driveclub experience before it’s gone forever.

You can read more about how we got to this point on any of the Driveclub pages on the site. Thanks again to our friend FallenRyan for pointing out the discounts!