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PlayStation Home closes for good

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Sony has officially closed down PlayStation Home permanently, with the last day for the service finishing yesterday.

PlayStation Home, Sony’s bizarre virtual world for PS3, has been permanently shut down.

As previously announced, PlayStation Home had its last day online on March 31 2015.

True to its word, Sony closed the PS3 in the early hours of this morning.

Sony ceased publishing new content for PlayStation Home back in December last year.

“Due to a shifting landscape, PlayStation Home will cease publishing new content on the 12th of November, 2014,” said Sony at the time in a statement.

“Gamers in Europe will be able to download content until the 3rd of December, 2014. As a token of our tremendous gratitude to the community, we will also be releasing a series of free content prior to the platforms closure on the 31st March, 2015.”

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Sony has already confirmed it has no plans to create any kind of successor to PlayStation Home for the PS4 or any other of its platforms - i.e. Project Morpheus.

PlayStation Home originally launched in 2008 and was praised as a commercial success.

That was mostly by a studio called nDreams, which created mini-games and cosmetic DLC for PS Home. It has since moved on to making VR-related projects.

PlayStation Home itself was developed by Sony’s London Studio and offered a 3D virtual world with customisable avatars, mini-games and virtual homes that could be decorated with trophies and other special items.

By 2011, PlayStation Home had 19 million users with the average session length topping 70 minutes.

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