Sony On PlayStation Home: We Were "Deserting Gamers"
Speaking with CVG at this week's PlayStation Day event, SCEE president David Reeves has said they were "deserting gamers" with PlayStation Home, and were too focused on the "non-gaming applications of Home."
This is what has caused the delay, even though Reeves claims an open beta of the service should still become available this year. Last month, we learned that Home was delayed until 2009, but at least we should see that beta drop in "October or November." This is still behind the initial schedule, though, when we thought we'd see the beta for spring or summer."It is definitely coming out in autumn," said Reeves. "Whether that's October or November, I don't precisely know, but it is an open beta. We've realised that maybe we were too ambitious with the non-gaming applications within Home, getting sponsors and stuff like that. In that sense we were deserting gamers. So, we're concentrating on the gaming by launching games in Home, and attracting people who are into gaming in first - instead of the Nike people, or Adidas people who are into fashion and not necessarily into gaming."
In this ever-expanding world of gaming connectivity and functionality, it's becoming easier to "desert" the gamers and center more on the general techies. But Sony isn't about to do that with Home, and we have to applaud them for that.
5/8/2008 Ben Dutka