Sony Trademarks “BigFest” – Social Networking For The PS4?

Sony Europe up to something rather tasty, it seems.

Sony’s up to something – a recently published trademark for “BigFest” suggests that the platform holder is thinking seriously about social networking, and appears to be attempting to build its own. The trademark was filed last February, but only published for opposition at the beginning of 2013 and picked up by IGN.

You can search for it here if you wish but the juicy stuff is that BigFest will be a hosting platform for online facilities, including interactive gameplay, websites of others and – potentially – games that others have built. Think LittleBigPlanet, perhaps, but on the web, although that might well be a little off the mark in terms of scope.

The filing also mentions “introduction and social networking services” and “introducing video game players to each other for the purposes of playing multiplayer games online, participating in online games communities and competitions, and online player networking and social introduction.” That sounds pretty cool, and it’s something that Home always promised but never really seemed to deliver.

The trademark was set up by SCEE’s main London offices, and that’s where Home was built, along with most of the PlayStation 3’s more family-friendly output. It’s not clear exactly what BigFest is, but it sounds like being a big social hub for gamers wanting to meet other gamers, show off their creative talents and try out new things. It’s almost certainly for PlayStation 4, but we’ll wait and see.

Chances are we’ll be hearing about this at E3.

27 Comments

  1. So it will be kinda like facebook, except it won’t work every Thursday?

  2. What a shit name.

  3. Sure, ‘BigFest’ is an absolutely horrible name, but it definitely sounds intriguing. Everyone said that Home had a lot of potential, but that was squandered, perhaps Sony have actually learned from their many mistakes?

    For the most part, probably, but it won’t work the way it’s intended for a little while, i’m fairly sure about that. That’s assuming this ever comes to fruition of course.

  4. My feelings on social networking are not good so I’m highly skeptical of my desire or use for something like this next generation.

    We’re 3 generations in and Sony’s home consoles haven’t let me down yet but first rumours of a controller change, now this? I’m feeling wary but looking forward to more information concerning PS4. I don’t think we need PS4 but that’s a different discussion. Dreadful name too.

  5. Seems like they’ll be ditching Home then. BigFest is indeed a poor name, it sounds like a childrens Saturday morning show. I’d have thought they’d use something that points to the playstation brand.

    • Sounds to me like an evolution of Home.

  6. I would love for Sony to unveil “LittleBigFest” as their take on PlayStation Home for PS4. Have users create their own Sackboy or Sackgirl as their avatar for the console which can then be used in LittleBigFest and other LittleBig titles. Any DLC costumes you’ve bought in the past would work for your avatar and all future LittleBig games.

    I know I’m dreaming but there’s really no reason Sony shouldn’t do this. Imagine seeing LittleBig become Sony’s Mario franchise and LittleBigFest being a social platform with playful Sackboys and Sackgirls running around building games and shopping for new themed costumes. The franchise already has a good reputation with the likes of Disney and has proved that it can blend with other franchises without losing its identity. It’s and ideal fit for this sort of thing. Wishful thinking I suppose.

    • … apply to work for sony now. That sounds like a great idea.

    • miiverse?

      • Actually I’d love to see some Miiverse-like functions on the PS3, like seeing what my friends say about a game I’m playing.

    • Now I want an open world LBP game where you could collaborate with hundreds of people to create a huge world to explore or edit…

    • That is a really very excellent idea.

  7. I just hope, they put enthusiasm & thought into nailing the basics this time & not let energies wander.

    *A store that’s user friendly & fast(it used to be.)
    Including An A-Z scroll bar, so you now where the hell you.
    (eg try avatar search, not alphabetical as it states, or by franchise as prev.
    You have to scroll through hundreds & guess where you, it’s like an amusement betting machine reel & franchise avatars even then, not grouped, but random intervals.
    dev/producer & consumer friendly, no.
    *An xmb that looks 21st century, loads fast & lets you decide what apps clutter it up.
    *Faster, less intrusive trpohy sync.
    *No prime time/wkend scheduled maintenance.
    *Backwards compatibility for all models.
    **More focus on security.
    *The first batch of PS4s, not to heat up like an oven & thus prematurely cease to work(think they’ve got that one& that one**.)

    But yeh… BigFest. Although it sounds like a teenagers party on the beach, or boyband.
    I hope it’s well planned, successful & delivers for both the younger & more aged consumer.
    Has to be more thoughtful & exciting, than just plastering your Facebook Wall.
    Just don’t loose the driving force behind it(phil harrisons’ compelling & exciting vision of Home, is unfortunately quite different to what we eventually received.)

  8. why not just expand/fix Home? Sony is forgetting the most important thing when forming a new club… a cool sounding name. BigFest sounds like some low end porn convention.

    • Its too late for Home, its a floundering duck and the humane thing would be just to let it be out of it’s misery. That’s my opinion anyway

  9. Anything with stupidly placed capitals or numbers as letters turns me right off.

  10. Do we not have enough social networks already?

    Why not just support them on the level of the OS?

    • Yep. Although Miiverse is getting a lot of praise.

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