Give PlayStation Home another chance, says Sony
- Posted February 24th, 2011 at 16:41 EDT by Mike Harradence
- 21 Comments
Sony’s urged PlayStation 3 owners who have long since vacated Home to pop back indoors and give the sprawling virtual abode another shot.
Chatting with Develop, platform director Peter Edward observed that the social networking platform has come “leaps and bounds” since its rather bare bones launch just over two years ago.
"It is a force to be reckoned with,” said Edward.
"I hear all the time 'I logged on when it first launched but there was nothing there' - but I urge people to go back on there. It's been two years. We were always very proud of what we had achieved for launch, but we're the first to admit it was basic back then.”
These days things are another kettle of fish altogether, Edward added, with Home boasting a myriad of fresh content and games to tuck into.
"Two years down the line it has come on in leaps and bounds, is vibrant, full of cool content and great games to play," he added. "It's free - those who aren't going in there are really missing out. If you think Home is what it was two years ago, do yourself a favour and have another look, you won't be disappointed."
PlayStation Home launched back in December 2008 and has racked up an impressive 17 million users globally.
- 12:11pm EST - February 24th, 2011
I don't know, the problem I see is it takes too long to download new places to go and you cannot do background download if I recall correctly; and it sucks to download some place just to go in and find out there's really nothing interesting... I guess these places need to be more interactive. I visited the AC zone and there was really nothing to do there.
- 12:38pm EST - February 24th, 2011
the thing is the games just arent fun. They are like simple flash games. I do like to explore but when that is over I need something else to do. chatting whether text or voice isnt my thing with everyone there. I have all my great psn friends already online playing other games. All the games I own I would rather be playing or hanging out in a video chat.
- 1:37pm EST - February 24th, 2011
How do I put this as politely as possible.
AaronSOLDIER | AaronSOLDIER
- 1:43pm EST - February 24th, 2011
Home was awesome but now its just the same old stuff. Back in 2008 and 2009 it was awesome when they were adding tons of new spaces, but now they are slowing down on adding spaces. Needs a major update. I still go on frequently to chat with friends and whatnot, since thats what it was created for, its not an FPS like some people were expecting................
the_jim | clear_as_night
- 2:25pm EST - February 24th, 2011
Home is waste of resources. If sony implemented and intergrated it better within the PS3 from launch things might be different. Last time i went in it was relly boring... it wouldnt call it "sociable" but maybe thats just me.
To many, "home" is an icon that sits on the XMB, nothing more.
- 3:08pm EST - February 24th, 2011
i agree completely with the first comment. it wasnt necessarily the lack of content that bothered me, it was how long to access the stuff that was there. i dropped back in about a year ago and even then everything took forever to access.
- 3:14pm EST - February 24th, 2011
It just needs to be more interactive IMO.
Simple things would make it better like being able to pick up say a rock and throw it to the water; that was just an example, of course it needs a lot more than that.
I know it's not supposed to be a game, but that doesn't mean it cannot have game features. Wouldn't it be awesome if you could get a gun and shoot at cans or street lights like on Splinter Cell.
Maybe be able to pull pranks on other avatars, I don't know, Sony needs to use their imagination on this. It also sucks they sell most customization stuff; it would make more sense if you would get awards from games that you could then exchange for items in PSN, that way you could tell someone who games a lot by looking at his/her PSN gear and it would give you an incentive. If you like some cool shoes then go an game for them then comeback and exchange your points or whatever for them.
- 3:24pm EST - February 24th, 2011
worst thing about home is the people who use it - it's full of fecking idiots.
- 3:40pm EST - February 24th, 2011
Has it got voice chat yet?
And proper game launch ability?
I want to be able to walk around, chat on mic to people easily, and meet folk. Agree on a game to play, pop it in the drive, and access it from home. where the two peopl(or more) will be ported to the multiplayer aspect of it, saving us the hassle of searching for each other/adding each other to the psn.
I hope this is now on it, and if so, I will look again.
- 4:43pm EST - February 24th, 2011
I would if i could enter it, tried earlier... kept getting error messages. So i went and did something fun instead..
1solidsnake | solid1snake67
- 5:02pm EST - February 24th, 2011
no never again!!
- 6:43pm EST - February 24th, 2011
Sony really wasted a lot of time and money with this. I never use home anymore and neither do any of my freinds.
AaronSOLDIER | AaronSOLDIER
- 7:51pm EST - February 24th, 2011
Yeah total waste of investment on Sonys part, all it does is make millions.
- 11:26pm EST - February 24th, 2011
wow, not one positive comment about home. why did you even bother reading this article? (let alone comment on it). you dont want to use home? good, then dont use it. dont even comment on it because thats more of a waste of time then anything, I see people in home constantly and despite what you people think there really is a lot of content there now. is it going to please everyone? no, thats impossible. so quit whinning about things that displeases you on services you dont even use!
- 12:15am EST - February 25th, 2011
If you are over 12 in age, and playin home, you needs to find yo self a girl & a hobby.
- 5:24am EST - February 25th, 2011
Iirc, it should have voic chat now, the last time I was on, there was a very large amount of things to do and yes, there was background downloading.
Nothing will harm you to give it one more chance. I am going to try it out later this evening to see what they are saying. If I don't like it I can always delete it..... again.
- 7:33pm EST - February 25th, 2011
Sony should have took the time and money they spent on building Home and spent it on things the community really want like cross game voice chat that should have been included in the launch of the PS3 that is supposed to do 'Everything'. They just want everyone to go on Home so they can nickle and dime us because most of the cool content costs money.
- 7:45pm EST - February 25th, 2011
have they added a "jump" button or are you still stuck to the floor?
- 7:47pm EST - February 25th, 2011
@ 14 Yeah, right on brother.
- 5:55am EST - February 26th, 2011
well one make it so you dont have to pay for everything and introduce some new stuff thats actually good like the arcade games and stuff for free and ill come back! tis dull atm i only go on once every few months
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