Beta Testers To Select Home's Theme?
The more we learn, the more we have to think that PlayStation Home isn't too far off. But they've still got some changes and tweaks to make, as they're currently in the process of surveying beta testers to get further feedback.
According to Kotaku (and a few of its readers), these pictures shown here are part of that survey. One of the more prominent questions asked was, if the user could pick, what would they want Home's central plaza/hub to look like? As you can see, testers could select from futuristic settings to tranquil nature locales, and it'll be interesting to see which locale gets selected. Early media of Home doesn't show any of this; we've only seen what must've been brief mock-ups of meeting locations within Home. We've also seen examples of what our "Homes" or apartments might look like, but obviously, the primary hub of this service is ultra-important. We don't want to be stuck with something hideous, now do we?
As soon as Sony wants to issue anything official regarding PlayStation Home, we'll be sure to let you know. However, we have the sneaking suspicion they'll be waiting until E3 to do this, so anything until then won't be much more than speculation and rumor. Still, something like this is worth talking about, because it's not really a rumor, and the beta testers really are helping to shape this virtual world.
3/18/2008 Ben Dutka