Today marks the end of an era for everyone who wanted to be a pop star in their teens as, after 15 years, the SingStar servers and digital store are set to be taken offline forever.
The servers will stay online until the 31st of January, 2020, but will be inaccessible after then. All downloaded and on-disc content will be unaffected but all online functionality and network features won’t be accessible.
That means players won’t be able to purchase any new songs, share or see their content on SingStar.com, and obtain certain trophies.
For those who are a little confused as to why this is such a big deal, don’t worry: we’ve got you covered. The SingStar games have been going since 2004, with the latest release being SingStar Celebration in 2017.
SingStar is a highly loved franchise that generally received positive reviews from critics. It was also considered to be the softer ‘karaoke equivalent’ to games like Guitar Hero and was often considered to be the high point of any teenager’s sleepover party.
It’s also always a shame to see a game’s servers get pulled, as it’s a reminder that not everything lasts forever. Sadly, as there’s a higher reliance on online and disc-free gaming nowadays, these situations are only going to occur more and more frequently.
PlayStation 3 users should make sure that all their digital purchases are downloaded prior to the shutdown date, as they won’t be able to re-download them once the servers go offline. PlayStation 4 users will still be able to re-download previous purchases after the servers are pulled.
For more information about SingStar, you can visit the SingStar website here. For more information about how the server shutdown may affect you, including which trophies will no longer be accessible, you can check out the PlayStation website here.