“Your support over the years has meant the world.”
Sony will be shutting down its SingStar servers on 31st January next year.
According to the publisher’s announcement post, all online functionality, network features, and song purchases will be immediately disabled as of 23:59pm on 31st January 2020 – a move that will affect all PlayStation platforms – but offline features will remain available.
Of particular note, while PS4 users will be able to re-download any songs they’ve downloaded and deleted previously, this won’t be possible on PS3. Instead, PlayStation 3 users will need to ensure that all digital purchases are downloaded onto their console ahead of server shutdown. Following that date, deleted content will be unretrievable.
After 31st January, Sony explains, SingStar players will still be able to access all songs on physical discs, play Party Mode, track and record high scores offline, take and store videos and snapshots to hard-drive, and create song playlists.
However, scoreboards, challenges, and user-generated content will no longer be available online, and the sharing of recorded media to Facebook, Twitter, PSN, or the SingStar community will be disabled. Additionally, completionists should note that it will no longer be possible to unlock the Channel Surfer, Concert Debut, Star in My Eyes, and SingStar Trophies.
“We’ve loved watching the community grow, and have lots of fond memories from working on SingStar,” reads an accompanying post on the SingStar website, “Your support over the years has meant the world.”