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.
“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?