Sony Urges People To Give Home Another Chance

PlayStation Home seems to have a bit of a love/hate relationship for a lot of gamers. It’s either something you love to use and frequent often, or it’s probably something you haven’t touched in a very long time. Personally, I can’t remember the last time I saw someone on my friends’ list using Home but Sony thinks that any of the naysayers out there should give it another shot. During a recent interview with Develop Magazine, PlayStation Home’s Platform Director, Peter Edward, had this to say about all the ‘one and done’ users out there.

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“I hear all the time ‘I logged on when it first launched but there was nothing there’ – but I urge people to go back on there. It’s been two years. We were always very proud of what we had achieved for launch, but we’re the first to admit it was basic back then.

Two years down the line it has come on in leaps and bounds, is vibrant, full of cool content and great games to play. It’s free – those who aren’t going in there are really missing out. If you think Home is what it was two years ago, do yourself a favour and have another look, you won’t be disappointed.”

Peter went on to talk about how the Home design team has had to adjust their thinking to make sure they’re catering the right ideas to potential Home users.

“People buy a PlayStation 3 to primarily play games. Sure, it does a lot of other great things, but PS3 is driven by that. So our audience is predominantly gamers. They want games.

Since we’ve clarified that vision we’ve seen a huge amount of success, interest and positive feedback from the development community and users that this is right, that’s what makes people come back.”

Despite the adjustment in strategy, Peter was still quick to point out that Home has been a smashing success as of thus far, and there are a lot of numbers to back up his claim. With over 17 million users, thousands upon thousands of objects and hundreds of games, it’s easy to call Home a success despite (up to now) not being what your traditional gamer is probably looking for.

What are your experiences with PlayStation Home? Do you still use it often? If not, what do you think Sony could add that would make it more appealing to you personally?

Source: Develop

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69 Comments

  1. Home is a very different beast now than it was then. I also highly recommend people give it another chance.

    • What are the benefits for me as a gamer?

      Perhaps Sony should create some sort of Trophy system – that will get people on there – for the wrong reasons but it will pull visitors in.

      • I remember reading before it was launched, and even seeing screen shots, of a trophy room. A massive hall that displayed all your trophies in it that others could come and see, kinda looked like the intergalactic council hall or whatever the hell it was in star wars

      • Trophy room, ability to earn trophies, rewards for platinums on games, that can be used in home, ability to invite friends to my apartment and watch the movies on my hd or listen to my music. These are the things that should be implemented and would get me to use it.

      • already a sort of trophy system integration : when you have a trophy in a game, you often unlock free things in Home (new article, shirts, etc). Singstar for example: 5 of the Singstar trophies unlock t-shirts in Home. Same for Resident Evil 5, LBP2, etc.

      • ThatBoyTim>Totally agree, I was pretty much going to say exactly as you have but you got there first. Not necessarily something that would work on me, but you only need to do a quick Google search to see how enormously popular trophies are.

      • My Trophy statement was regarding trophies you could earn in HOME.

        Talk to a stranger – Bronze
        Attend a special event – Silver
        Take a chick back to your appartment – Gold
        Realise this was all a waste of time and call everyone a tw+t then leave – Platinum

    • alot of the initial promises never arrived, eg apartment tvs, trophy room,
      then they scrap a good eu home square for a fairground.

  2. I was one of those ppl at the beginning & not been back since. Kept annoying me having to do a download just to go between different areas.

    What is there to actually do there anyway?

    • im like you, used it a bit at the beginning but there was hardly anything, but i must admit the red bull flying thing was very fun, i havnt been on it in 1 and a half years, what has changed

    • I’m with you there. Loading up a new room every time I walked through a doorway was irritating, even worse when the destination room wasn’t already downloaded and installed.

      If I go to Home tonight then will I need to spend time downloading the individual new rooms or is there a more streamlined approach now?

      • I think you can download all at once, or leave it till you get to the part you want…

      • background download now. You can ask to download up to 5 rooms while you are in an another.

    • The major issue for me was the length of time it took to load up, usually if you wanted to go into home to visit a game space to find some people to chat to before launching into the game together it could take at least 10 minutes of loading from the XMB to get to the room – and usually there would be some sort of update to download which took many times longer.

      I hope they have streamlined the process nowadays, i’ll find out later!

  3. Not used Home for a while. Weirdly, about an hour ago I thought “Hey, maybe I should check out PS Home again soon, see what’s going on with that”, and then this news gets posted… It’s a sign surely, will give it a whirl a bit later :)

  4. they need to go back and look at some of the original ideas for home, stuff like the trophy room especially.

    • Exactly, Home hasn’t turned out to be quite what people were expecting.

  5. If they linked trophies to unlockable rewards for home then i might use it.E.g. a peice of colthing from the game. A model of a weapon that was required for the trophy. home is good but it does get boring after a while. They should include more free games in home.

    • There are already games with Home reward items for obtaining trophies. That has actually been happening since at least 2009. :)

    • Delriach is right, this is already in Home for a year ;)

    • Also, they recently did the KZ3 space where success in the home game gave you rewards in the real game. Now that would draw people in if they did it more often

  6. Everytime I think to give it a go, I spend hours in it and enjoy it, but then seem to leave and not touch it again for a few months.
    It just doesn’t have anything to keep coming back to. Perhaps if I had more ‘real’ friends who used it.

  7. I don’t use Home often, but I’ll agree it’s fun when I do. I’d recommend it now!

  8. it’s pretty damn good for something that you get free, you get loads of stuff to do, especially when a big game comes out, most recently was the Killzone 3 area which was great, there’s loads of other stuff.

    plus it’s FREE…what does the 360 give for free? Wii avatars…wooopdidoo (I own both systems before anyone feels like annoying me)

    • Fanboy :p

      • ha, Fanboy, wasn’t expecting that

        but you can’t say I’m wrong can you? Wii avatars or something that offers free games and a virtual place to wander around at time to time…

        I’ll leave you with this question, ever wondered what the bottom of an avatars shoe looks like?…Bam!!!

    • im gonna have a new nosey!

      Go Mad Doctor :-D

    • Well in our defense, you annoyed us first.

      Fanboy.

      • And you’re annoying me,with this fanboy drivel…

      • don’t think people know the meaning of “fanboy” anymore.

        I’m speaking from fact and personal experience, not something a “fanboy” knows anything about.

        you fail, noob, fanboy and whatever else you kids use these days

  9. I’d like to give Home another try, but I’d rather spend by time progressing through a game.

    • …and there it is. When it comes down to using your time (which is precious to many of us) what would you rather do? For my money (read: time), it doesn’t have attractions which cause me to pull away from the games I’m currently enjoying and prompt me to wander around enjoying the delights that it might have to offer.

      Also, they don’t advertise Home at all, do they? Maybe on the XMB? God knows.

  10. I find it incredible that real money has entered a cyber shop where people can buy cyber clothes and accessories that are a vanity thing for your cyber avatar. I met someone on HOME that racked up a bill of £50 on clothes that aren’t real, that can NEVER be worn in real life!! The bought clothers are worn by a vanity creation! Utterly ridiculous!

    • You not bought outfits for Sackboy in LittleBigPlanet?

    • ????
      none of this gaming stuff is real lol (as kevin butler once said)
      whatever enhances ur personal gaming experience does no harm to anyone

    • and a comment on a website isn’t real either, if someone wants to spend their money on virtual things, then let them, it’s their money after all.

      whatever makes you happy, do it.

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