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PlayStation Home Launches 11th Dec


PlayStation Home Launches 11th Dec

It's been a long, long time coming, but tomorrow PS3 owners worldwide will finally see the launch of PlayStation Home to all users. Sony has a lot of promise to live up to, especially from those of us that have been waiting since the d├ębut of the console itself to 'play' Home, so here's hoping none of us are disappointed.

According to SCE President and Group CEO, Kazuo Hirai, "PlayStation Home is truly a promising network community service on the PlayStation platform, made possible with the powerful combination of PS3's overwhelming computational power and PlayStation Network that covers many countries around the globe. We are committed to providing PS3 users with exciting gaming experiences with PlayStation Home and together with our partners and users, expand the new world of interactive entertainment as we move forward."

If I was going to be pedantic, I would have to point out this is only an Open Beta launch, not the full release of PlayStation Home. However, as I've already theorised, it seems unlikely such a thing will ever actually happen, but rather that Sony will, at some point, decide Home isn't a beta any more and remove that part of the branding - or, as seems to work for Google, simply leave Home in a permanent state of beta.

The question now, then, is: does anyone really care about home any more, anyway?




December 10, 2008, 9:03 pm

So, when will we expect a review of this guys?


December 10, 2008, 10:01 pm

About damn time, it has been so long that I actually stopped caring about this. Sony better deliver this time having disapointed most of us in the past. What happened to them anyway, they were on a PS2 high not so long ago and took a serious nose dive with PS3. Would you happen to know if we will still be required to download rooms before entering them everytime we get somewhere new? As brought up in a previous post, download times on the PS3 are pretty poor so it would not be a pleasant experience if we had to wait over half an hour to enter one of Home's new rooms...And yep yep, a review will be nice guys (in due course that is, I'm sure you have better gizmos requiring your care right now being xmas and all).


December 10, 2008, 10:51 pm

Anyone really care about this?

A friend of mine was on the beta and was seriously underwhelmed by it. He noted that there really isn't much to do and what was there was like "so what". Also, as noted in previous post, the wait times for different areas to load was frustrating (especially first visit where you had to wait while it downloaded and installed - and we all know how slow and painful that is on the PS3! Slag of M$ charging for XBL all you like - but at least it works!).

His summary was, got bored in minutes and felt little compulsion to return. I would be happy if he is wrong, but not holding my breath!

Matthew Bunton

December 11, 2008, 1:52 am

I have to admit that i'm really not bothered about this sim element to the Playstation experience.


December 11, 2008, 3:05 am

From my experience of the beta Sony is going to disappoint a lot of people. It really isnt very much fun, and the hype around it seems completely unjustified when your in there. Well maybe I just think that because there's no guns :P But seriously, I think anyone who is still exited about this is in for a let down, just too little too late.


December 11, 2008, 3:31 am

Only people with slow connections will need to worry about load times, otherwise they are generally insignificant (only about 20MB for each room the first time you enter it). And I think you guys are missing the point; sure it's pretty lacklustre at the moment, but the concept means it is open to endless possibilities....if Sony and other third parties can be bothered.


December 12, 2008, 12:18 am

@smc8788: Our internet connection is lightning fast, PC and 360 downloads are quick but the PS3's is attrocious. My friends are experiencing the same with their PS3s, it has got nothing to do with slow connections but, if it did, it would make Home less accessible to people.


December 12, 2008, 4:12 pm

well i downloaded Home last night as i noticed it on my XMB but once i cleared space on my HDD so it can reserve 3044MB(What for i ask???)i log in do the usual acceting the T & C and with no surprise was welcomed with a server error saying no longer availble or does not exsit -602 i mean COME on after that long in testing it doesn't work all i can say is it better be good and worth the wait.


December 19, 2008, 8:03 pm

I downloaded this the other night. The loading times are not bad. There is really nothing to do in it yet. You can buy a new sofa for your apartment for 79p. Yea right. Or new clothes for 29p (i think). There are some videos which take a while to load and are not worth the wait in the cinema, pity they don't stream.

I did have a good game of chess while in the shopping place. The Arcade games in the bowling ally are quite good, echochrome sticking in my mind. You can also play pool but all the tables were in use and i did not wait to play. Likewise with the actual bowling, i did not wait around to join a game.

Home should get better in time when there are more things to do. Im thinking game dedicated areas and mini games etc. At the minute though it seems fairly lacking.


December 24, 2008, 10:35 pm

Let me put this in simple terms, if I wanted to go bowling/cinema/play games etc, I would phone my mates and arrange the day/night out IN THE REAL WORLD. All this money/time/effort that Sony have spent on the Marketing/Research/Development has clearly gone, or is going to waste - hence 'part' of the reason Sony have to axe up to 8000 jobs as part of the off-set. I pity the fools...not!!!

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