It's one of the few big features still missing from the PlayStation Network, despite the fact that online multiplayer fans have been pining for it since Day 1.
But perhaps we won't have to wait much longer for cross-game chat. The previous rumor we heard said Sony would deliver it in the next firmware update for the PS3 and now, a Naughty Dog developer – perhaps inadvertently – has essentially confirmed this rumor to be true. This happened in the official PlayStation forums and the post has since been deleted, but PlayStation University caught it before it disappeared:
"I think they wanted people to have fun and enjoy the show since all dead players can talk to each other no matter what team you are on. But I will suggest it anyway. Not to mention that the next PS3 firmware update is going to allow cross game chat. So if players use that instead of in game communication then they would also be able to communicate enemies positions."
Okay, good. That might be one of the last big hurdles for the Network and if Sony does indeed clear it soon, that will make this holiday season that much merrier for those who spend a lot of time with their headsets. And once that happens, the gap – in terms of features and bells and whistles – between the PSN and Xbox Live will almost be non-existent, and given the unbelievable original exclusive software on the PSN…well, the online competition may be shifting in Sony's direction.