Karaoke Comes to the 360

By Jonathan Barnes, 4 years ago
Long before the Dovahkiin showed off the power of the Thu'um, the original dragon shouts occurred at my local bar every Wednesday night. The lights burned down hot onto the karaoke stage and tipsy co-eds tried their hardest to see if they could hit the Steve Perry high points of "Lights", the Freddie Mercury soul of "Somebody to Love", or the sheer power of Anne Wilson singing "Alone".

Pro Tip: 99% of people cannot, please stop trying.

While the 360 has done a good job of letting the occasional jukebox hero test out their pipes with Rock Band, Guitar Hero, and/or Karaoke Revolution a true karaoke platform has been hard to find.

That search is now at an end.

Stingray Music USA Inc. has today revealed that Karaoke will be coming to the 360 in time for all of your holiday parties.

That's right, you will now be able to ply coworkers, friends, and loved ones into singing their hearts out in the comfort of your own living room.

Karaoke is a streaming service and will begin with a selection of over 8,000 songs from a variety of genres.

Eric Boyko, President and CEO of Stingray Digital Group Inc elaborates on what the service will deliver:

As the owner of the world’s largest licensed karaoke library and karaoke service on TV and Internet, the KARAOKE Channel will combine its expertise with the advanced capabilities of the Xbox 360 platform from Microsoft to develop the best in-home karaoke experience ever. Now anyone can access our vast library and sing in a fun and interactive way right from their Xbox.
Now, I know what you're all thinking:
Now hang on, obj, this sounds too good to be true! What is this going to cost?
Well, pricing-conscious gamer, the exact cost for Karaoke has not been revealed yet, but they have told us that it will be sold in time increments of 2, 6, and 24 hours, and can be purchased using MSP.

But wait... there's more

“Karaoke” for Xbox 360 is easy to launch and makes it easy to sing. Karaoke fans will sing along to scrolling lyrics on screen while their avatar performs the song on stage with a full complement of stage props, backup band and an adoring audience. The more songs are sung and poses struck, the more moola, props, fans and fun are earned as achievements are awarded.
You read that right... this streaming service WILL feature achievements.

The best news of all is that Karaoke will support a variety of microphone devices: the 360 Headset, Xbox Wireless Microphone, and the USB mics that came with many music games.

PlayXBLA managed to snag some screenshots of Karaoke in action.

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Karaoke does not have a firm release date on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace, but will be released in time for the holidays. Be sure to keep your eyes, ears and (dare I say?) hearts locked on to TA, as we'll keep you informed when more news becomes available.
Jonathan Barnes
Written by Jonathan Barnes
Jonathan has been a news/views contributor since 2010. When he's not writing reviews, features, and opinion pieces, he spends his days working as an informal science educator and his nights as an international man of mystery.