With the increasing number of new Karaoke games hitting the shelves this holiday season from major gaming manufacturers Disney, Xbox etc. I wanted to know how the “real” karaoke companies were responding to this new hype for karaoke products.
One of the newest karaoke games released in July was Karaoke Edge a karaoke computer game. Karaoke Edge was created by the makers of All Star Karaoke.
Karaoke Edge is a karaoke game for the computer on a karaoke disc. Similar to the games coming out this season produced by Xbox and Disney, Karaoke Edge offers more to the Karaoke consumer. Karaoke Edge is more than just a game. It is first a karaoke disc, playable in any karaoke player, and if the consumer wants to play Karaoke Edge they can put the disc in their PC.
Xbox “Lips” and Disney “Sing It” are similar karaoke games coming out this holiday season. Both games have a music video playing in the background similar to the old school karaoke VCD or laser disc that used to have a video playing in the background while the lyrics appeared on the screen. This is where Karaoke Edge differs from the other gaming manufacturers. Karaoke Edge is more inline with karaoke by having just the words appear. Another difference is that Xbox “Lips” and Disney “Sing It” separate the lyrics from the pitch detection which makes it difficult to sing and view the words along with the pitch detection. Karaoke Edge has the lyrics on the notes with a bar that scrolls the words as you sing and identifies your pitch which makes it easier to sing and play the game.
Included in the Karaoke Edge disc I bought was an adaptor to use with a microphone to plug into a computer. Once the game is inserted into the computer you are prompted to play Karaoke Edge or sing karaoke on the computer. Since Karaoke Edge is a bonus on the All Star Karaoke disc line you are able to play most of the songs that are offered on the All StarKaraoke disc with Karaoke Edge. There are many features that are offered when singing the song. After you are done singing the song the game scores you on how in-tune your vocals were with the music.
Karaoke Edge is available in leading retailers or can be purchased through their website at all-star-karaoke.com.