Home offline for six hours today for v1.04 upgrade
- Posted December 18th, 2008 at 03:55 EDT by Mike Harradence
- 16 Comments
Sony has confirmed that it will be putting PlayStation Home under the knife for scheduled maintenance today, with the online social platform heading offline for six hours while it upgrades to v1.04.
According to the PlayStation Blog, the primary reason for the downtime is to offer a remedy for users experiencing trouble accessing Home due to high demand for the service.
The post goes on to state that Home’s voice chat functionality will also be disabled temporarily as part of its transition from v1.03 – v1.04, though will be implemented at a later date. In its absence, Sony suggests make use of the PS3’s swanky new wireless keypad.
- 11:02pm EST - December 17th, 2008
btw i hate that keyboard, its good for writing messages and serfing the web but you have to look down at the keyboard to type and it still takes a long time (sorta) i still use in game keyboard for games like MGO and Home
- 11:15pm EST - December 17th, 2008
Sony really needs to dedicate towards having more voice communication on the PS3. I have a headset. Any gamer without a headset is a noob, or a mute. I think they should have something similar to TeamSpeak where you can connect to your friends and you could all be playing different games, but still talking to each other. Or you can at least call up a friend like you can in Home, but in any game you're playing. Make it built into the PS3 software and not one of those thigns where game companies have to update. It would make things so much easier to communicate with people than stopping what you're doing in a game and typing out a message on the virtual keyboard, WHICH IS A ROYAL PAIN IN THE REAR!!! Worst of all, it often gets you killed, which really sucks!
- 11:36pm EST - December 17th, 2008
The PS3 has all of these things in video and voice chat. Why would you want to talk to a friend while playing a game who is playing another game anyway? That's what cellphones are for and that's one of the biggest reasons I hated my 360. Don't you realize how annoying it'd be to play CoD4, only to get your gameplay interrupted by the random bantering of your friends? I applaud Sony for keeping voice communications simplistic and effective. It only works where it can be utilized and isn't forced upon anyone. Besides, you can still bark orders at people who do not have bluetooth headsets just fine.
Personally, I wish less people had headsets. There are lots of people out there with crappy mics and equally crappy voices.
- 12:10am EST - December 18th, 2008
Yeah, theres definately some people that just shouldn't have headsets. However, I hardly ever hear anyone talk on any PS3 game I'm playing. I like the new update that 360 has where you can create a "party" with up to 8 of your friends, and then join a game and your only speaking with the people in your party and it mutes out all the annoying people you don't care to talk to. I believe this is far more useful than anything home offers, and the PS3 is lacking big time in this department. If you didn't want to be bothered by friends while playing your 360, you could just change your status to offline or away, and friends can't contact you while your playing. Sony needs to implement this soon, as It's an important feature to alot of people would use.
- 12:19am EST - December 18th, 2008
@2 ur completely right..sony should do some $#!+ like that...c'mon who wants to keep stoppin they're game to "write" a stupid message u get killed alot...nd the worse part of it is when u go to read the message the system FREEZES!!!
- 12:33am EST - December 18th, 2008
prob to fix the hacking issues aswell. god damn hackers, why cant u do something worthwhile like putting free porn on home...
- 3:03am EST - December 18th, 2008
@Jimimick: Do you remember when you first used a keyboard? You'll learn how to use it like you do with the computer keyboard, I can write whole pages without looking down on the keyboard one time.
And I agree that Sony should add a feature that allows people to speak the whole time while being online nomatter if you play or if you do anything else.
- 3:24am EST - December 18th, 2008
Just downloaded the update, still can't get in.... :-(
- 4:01am EST - December 18th, 2008
i ave just downloaded 2 and cant get in either. six hours not up yet
- 4:07am EST - December 18th, 2008
so let me get this right they are taking away voice untill a later date? when the heck will that be
- 4:20am EST - December 18th, 2008
hope they get tv's
- 5:27am EST - December 18th, 2008
So, let me get this straight. Home is going offline for 6 hours today for an "upgrade". When Home is back online, it will have less features than it did before the "upgrade".
- 6:01am EST - December 18th, 2008
ok, i got the update got in grand, only to find all the clothes i won on ice breaker n stuff were gone. gutted! i beat all 20 levels, had the whole outfit...just gone! but at least the new Diesel shop is up....now just hav2 get a credit card n start buying stuff.....ye right:/
- 6:03am EST - December 18th, 2008
i have sat through all the home hype the release push backs the lack of features in open beta and i have been patient the whole time but dont take voice away for long or i just might snap i need to make my calls lol they are probably fixing that too thats why its off
- 6:47am EST - December 18th, 2008
u kno i honestly think? SOny shouldve added a headset to every ps3 sold, kinda like what xbox did. Then they would have more voice use online.
- 6:56am EST - December 18th, 2008
In response to post #3: there are endless reasons why you might want to talk to a friend (or friends) who is playing another game. I wind up doing it almost every single time I get on my 360.
I'm a big Resistance fan, and me and my bros are digging the heck out of playing R2 these days, but the contrast between XBL and PSN with regard to quick, convenient communication is pretty obvious to every single dual-console owner I play with. Getting an R2 team put together vs. getting a team together for a game on XBL can often be a pain in the neck by comparison, mainly because we have no way of communicating with each other if we're not in the same lobby other than banging out umpteen texts. It's tedious. I don't think it's the least bit unreasonable to hope for improvement from Sony on this front.
And, also- this comment about "that's what cell phones are for" is one I've seen before, and it's really a kick in the pants. Voice communication for online gaming IS NOT what cell phones are for- that's what online gaming network services like PSN and XBL are supposed to be for. I'm not a big fan of the idea that I should have to use a telephone to make up for what I'm not getting out of my online gaming service.
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