The Future of PlayStation Home
- Posted March 25th, 2011 at 03:35 EDT by PSU Community
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[Editor’s Note: The following article comes from user Jamie Stephens (Galvanise_). Jamie is 22 and comes from England. He’s an avid gamer, and as you’ll see from his article below, he knows a lot about PlayStation Home. We encourage all of our users to pitch us story ideas for the homepage of PSU. You can do so by sending the editors messages on our forum.]
Welcome to the third instalment of my 'Ghosts of PlayStation Home' series, where I discuss what to expect from PlayStation Home in the future. If you read my previous coverage on PlayStation Home, then it shouldn’t surprise you that Home has a vibrant community and is constantly evolving as a service. Over the last few months, several studios announced and released new ‘freemium’ MMOs for PlayStation Home. With more developers getting involved with PlayStation Home, expect a broader range of games to arrive on the service, including shooters, racers, sports games, and detective-style adventures.
One exciting addition to PlayStation Home is ‘Total Game Integration’, which was first demonstrated with Killzone 3. In this new feature, the Home Plaza/Square was transformed into a Helghan battlefield. Home users could partake in a shooting game against waves of Helghast soldiers and even bring ammunition supplies to Home users in need. These challenges rewarded players with three unlock points for the multiplayer component of Killzone 3. Yes, we now have the ability to directly enhance the games we buy at retail by being an active member of the PlayStation Home community. Naturally, Sony is going to try to make a buck or two off of such ventures: Home users could choose to purchase Killzone 3 from Amazon.com and receive an exclusive Home avatar costume (Helghast Jetpack trooper).
Now being a Home user can enhance the way you play PS3 games
Given the extraordinary line-up of PS3-exclusive games Sony and its publishing partners plan to release this year, we can surely expect more of these fantastic cross-promotions. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, Twisted Metal, Resistance 3, and inFAMOUS 2 are all prime candidates to receive special Home treatment leading up to their respective releases.
Since the last update to this series of articles, Sony announced the successor to the PlayStation Portable. The Next Generation Portable is taking steps to being a truly socially connected device (you can watch the entire PlayStation Meeting at which the NGP was announced at here). As the NGP will support Wi-Fi and 3G Internet connections, gamers can check their trophies, jump into games with people nearby, and follow what their friends are doing all from their handheld.
The NGP could change the way we interact with PlayStation Home forever
Sony toyed around with the idea of releasing a version of the Home client for the original PSP at one stage. SCEJ also had a less ambitious ‘Room’ service planned for the system. Both services were eventually cancelled, likely due to hardware constraints. As the NGP games could easily be mistaken for full-fledged PS3 games on its beautiful 5” OLED screen, it should come as no surprise that PlayStation Home could have a bright future on the device. Home users could turn on their NGP at home, on the bus, or in the park, launch PlayStation Home and socialise with their friends or play the increasingly high-quality PlayStation Home games. The NGP would make it possible to have a Home away from home.
So what other new features can we expect from Home in future? Aside from speed increases, bug fixes, and Anti-Aliasing (AA) enhancements, the biggest improvements will come from increased developer participation and creativity. We can now have companions following us around — imagine Daxter, Clank, or Bentley following you around in Home!
I also expect PlayStation Move support to make its way to Home before the end of the year. Obviously shooting mini-games would ... (continued on next page)
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- 2:39am EDT - March 25th, 2011
I still don't see how Playstation Home is still interesting to get into. If only the items were free, I'd be getting myself into this so-called virtual social-networking for the PSN users but I can't. Don't get me wrong, there's a lot of cool spaces to look into but nothing of it has yet to pull me in and try Home more.
- 5:04am EDT - March 25th, 2011
When Home first started quadratic dreams came up with Xi which was captivating, every day I was drawn to figure out what the next clue was, both in the real world and in Home ... clues could be anywhere in home. Thousands of people every day conversed and interacted to figure out the clues. It was addictive and compelling. More like that would draw people in ... What about buying real things in the market place ... like Bluray, Games, T-Shirts, Softtoys, TV's, music CD's, order Pizza from local store, groceries etc Why not allow integration with games outside of home, like your avatar in COD or Uncharted etc, what about integration with PS-eye, to recognise you facial expressions and put them up on you avatar. What about interaction with a PS theme - as you change your home or avatar it updates you PS theme, perhaps allowing your friends to appear in your theme as well. Or allowing the avatar on you PS name status being your home avatar.
- 8:16am EDT - March 25th, 2011
Who the heII would try to access psn on a moving bus let alone attempt to get on Pshome? An idiot...that's who.
@2 um no. that crap was boring. dont know why people liked that so much. it was a step in the right direction maybe, but that search for clues mess was annoying tedious and not worth it. if they gave you a discount on items for completing that morbid mystery perhaps it would be. sadly that was not the case.
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- 8:20am EDT - March 25th, 2011
Never found home even remotely interesting. I occasionly went on for a game of poker etc but thats about it realy. Its full of divs trying to chat people up cos they find their avatar attractive and believe that may actually be what that person looks like. Personally i bought my games console, for, well, gaming.
Well and Blu Ray.
- 12:52am EDT - March 26th, 2011
Ok here we go.
i started in playstation home in feb. of last year i downloaded lots of items to the tune of 200.00 worth of virtual items i then received free items from my playstation rewards for beta testing the service and playing the games they told us to to win more prizes i was happy however im now bored and things in home have gotten outta hand the moderators are no longer doing there job with virtual sex parties orgies and other nasty things going on in home the question i always ask is why and where are the moderators at where are they at because they are not in ps home watching this disgusting act of sexual exploitation going on when they catch someone swearing they ban them for a week thats not enough they just log on with another account and start again
so in the long run of things is playstation home dying answer yes it's not just dying it's dead.
and what about my first time in playstation home how did that go.
28 gay guys asking me for sex
does that answer your question
- 3:17am EDT - March 26th, 2011
LOL!! @7 "28 gay guys asking me for sex "
Yea its sick. I actually tricked my wife to get on HOME and she asked me "what the heck is wrong with these people"?
I know of several ways to fix it up.
One way is to specify lounges/sessions or anything by age and intrests. For example:
Age: 30 and married. Intrests: RPGs, Racers, Classic Rock and Cosmology.
A list of the best possible matching lounges would should come up and you choose.
- 10:40am EDT - March 27th, 2011
being a girl i can tell u that ps home is just full of weirdos trying to get a bit of cyber loving. which is really sad and off-putting and why i never go on it.
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