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Sony to reboot PlayStation Home this fall

23 August 2011

PlayStation Home will be rebooted this fall as Sony plans to reshape the service into a more social games-oriented platform.

Touted as an ‘evolution of the platform,’ the new PS Home will include a Hub feature in place of the current central plaza, and includes meatier games for players to take part in, as well as opportunities to explore community features and more.

Specific genres will now boast their own dedicated district, with Sony planning on including areas such as the Action District, Adventure District and Sportswalk.

“We are going to ‘up level’ games as the heart of PlayStation Home. This means that Home itself is going to become a game. The first things you see when you get into Home are games,” PS Home boss Jack Buser told VentureBeat.

Buser went on to say that punters spend an average of 70 minute per session in Home, which launched as an open beta in 2008. Since then, the service has raked in 23 million users,  and offers 230 games, 9,000 virtual items, 65 virtual spaces and 600 community events.


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