PlayStation Home has a kind of duality about it. Certain members of the “PlayStation nation” love the place and regularly spend hours in there. Many people simply don’t understand it, never visit it and have no interest in it whatsoever.
It’s a difficult situation for Sony, who have failed to deliver on many of the promising features they suggested Home could be capable of while occasionally providing extremely interesting experiences that nobody assumed Home would provide.
So, what’s the company to do? They’re intending a huge overhaul of the service, which has been in open beta now for almost three years. The overhaul will see the online meeting space and casual game emporium turned into a kind of social gaming hub.
In an interview with VentureBeat, Jack Buser, Home’s director, has outlined their plans for the services future.
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.
The newly designed service will launch in the Autumn and will include a focus on the hardcore gamers who wish to share their love of gaming. According to VentureBeat, who have been shown the service, the new hub will be a kind of large scale social game in itself as well as allowing access to user generated content, socialising, shopping and viewing.
The new hub will also allow users to teleport into a number of genre-themes areas which allow for socialising in areas more closely linked to a user’s favourite genre. For example, there’s a gritty urban setting for action game lovers, a sports area with scores and highlights and a jungle-themed “adventure” area.