Sony: Home is "imminent", avatars "par for the course"
- Posted December 1st, 2008 at 06:13 EDT by
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Speaking to website Gamasutra, PlayStation Home Director Jack Buser has described avatars such as Nintendo's Miis as "par for the course" this hardware generation, but insisted that Home's contributions in this area would "leapfrog" the competition.
"Avatars are now considered "par for the course" when it comes to next-generation consoles these days, sure," he said, "but we think we've taken it a step further because we also have that personal space for your avatar."
"Users can express themselves in more ways than just how their avatar looks," Buser explained. "That's important, because in the real world you might learn some things about a person by the way that they're dressed or the things that they talk about, but you don't really know someone until you see how they live. Do they have dishes in the sink, what posters did they put on the wall…"
Providing that personal space is important, said Buser, because the decline of the arcade has meant that western gamers have fewer places to hang out.
"We really see this as revolutionizing the concept of the "friends list" for console gamers," he said. "Before, your friends were either people you already knew or people you'd met in a specific game, and with the latter, you'd probably only ever play that one game with them, and never really get to know them."
"PlayStation Home gives you a neutral space where you can really get to know someone. Even in the real world now if you're a gamer and you want to get to know other gamers, there really is nowhere left to go."
"If you're a gamer, unless there happens to be an event in your town there is no place to meet like-minded people. Home is that place," Buser declared, probably whilst grinning ear to ear. "It really leapfrogs the offerings on other game consoles."
Home hasn't had the most trouble free of gestations, of course, but Buser was confident the service would launch this year as planned. "It's imminent. We haven't announced a specific date but we will make a public announcement."
- 1:21am EST - December 1st, 2008
Numero Uno. Well, let's get this froggy hoppin'!
- 1:41am EST - December 1st, 2008
Just downloaded Home last night...at 130 am. It's now 630 am here. I just got off. Home can be an incredible asset to what we already have, that's all I have to say. I can't believe it's free. We're spoiled.
- 1:44am EST - December 1st, 2008
today i just realised i had an invite. And today is the expiary date for the redeem code ahhhhh!!
- 2:48am EST - December 1st, 2008
@2 im with u this one..yes we are very spoiled that something like this is free
- 3:56am EST - December 1st, 2008
I don't care I just want 2 see my friends online and jump straight into their game and kill them or co op with them.
- 4:04am EST - December 1st, 2008
Home has the potential to be absolutely revolutionary for gaming, I really hope Sony gets it right.
- 4:33am EST - December 1st, 2008
i finally got into the beta and without saying too much it is really really good but i need a little more space to roam around in. still people will be happy when it does come out.
- 4:38am EST - December 1st, 2008
30 more days til next week home's open beta needs to hit the public before christmas is over atlease
- 4:39am EST - December 1st, 2008
HOME is fantastic but what would really be cool is if they can put in a amusement park
- 4:41am EST - December 1st, 2008
Can't wait guys.
- 5:05am EST - December 1st, 2008
LOL i was just gonna write about how I'm sick of waiting for the beta, so I just checked my email and guess what was sitting right there waiting for me??? =D Time to finally check out Home...at last....
- 5:43am EST - December 1st, 2008
its almost here im slowly getting excited about home again.
- 5:46am EST - December 1st, 2008
Now if they can just make it so we CAN have posters on our walls and so that my furniture dosent dissapear every two days...
- 5:57am EST - December 1st, 2008
Let me start off by saying I'm a huge playstation fan and I have defended the ps3 as much as I can. Home is a complete waste of money. You need to launch home, invite people to your party, and then launch a game. With the NXE you can skip that entire step of having to load a 3D world before playing with friends. I'm a bit disappointed with the direction Sony is taking in this situation but I'll keep my hopes up for the future.
- 8:01am EST - December 1st, 2008
Another news article about HOME is "imminent" with no HOME released yet.
- 10:28am EST - December 1st, 2008
"Home is a complete waste of money."
Big playstation fan here!!!
On a serious note, I really do hope that they continue to support the PS3 through updates and revolutionary features such as home.
- 10:54am EST - December 1st, 2008
HOME is great it really does fill that void that the arcades dissapearance lead to. it's really cool to be able to have a social network that revolves around games and game related stuff, anyone who uses any type of social networking or forum and plays games will enjoy HOME.
- 11:08am EST - December 1st, 2008
soon i shall have home hehehe
- 11:12am EST - December 1st, 2008
WOOT WOOT WOOT WOOT lol
- 11:42am EST - December 1st, 2008
Get dat frog hoppin'! I implore you Sony! Or at least give me an invite into the beta!
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