SingStar is a competitive video game in which players sing to score points. As a music video plays in the background, the player sings into a microphone to the pitch that is displayed on an indicator similar to a musical stave. The lyrics scroll across the bottom of the screen. Points are earned depending on how close the singer matches the pitch of the song. |
Players can choose a mode for one singer or for two to sing together as a duet. The "Pass the Mic" mode allows up to four teams of two to sing in rounds and compete for the highest score.
SingStar comes with thirty songs and the playlist depends on the genre you choose, such as rock or pop. Foreign releases and those targeted to specific regions contain songs from those areas and the game comes in a variety of languages. Most of the master discs can be switched with other SingStar discs to play different versions without having to reset the console; the functions and appearance of the master disc are retained.
Players can also visit the SingStore online and download a few of the more than 900 songs available. The game requires SingStar brand microphones; a headset was originally offered but was phased out due to the microphones' ability to simulate a more realistic experience.
SingStar has become very popular due in large part to its being a very social game that groups as well as individuals can play. It's been released in versions that feature bands like Queen and REM and alternative genres like Rap and MoTown.