Sony appears to have leaked some future plans for improving the in-game functionality of the PlayStation 3 on the company's own official site.

Recently spotted and snapped by a US site user, a slightly blurry banner image appears to advertise voice and video chatting functionality of the PS3. The image has since been removed.

The text says: "Talk to others during game play, say hello anytime you're online, or have a video chat with an Eye camera, USB Camera or headset".

In-game Xross Media Bar access has been confirmed for the PS3 in 2008, so this apparent leak would suggest PS3 owners will see it sooner rather than later, with an announcement at Game Developers Conference at the end of the month hotly tipped.