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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

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Comments (14 posts)

Fabi
Thursday, May 08, 2008 @ 2:51:40 PM
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Indeed. That's actually refreshing to hear, in this Wii-mote controlled world.

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infekt
Thursday, May 08, 2008 @ 3:11:18 PM
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*clap*

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Deleted User
Thursday, May 08, 2008 @ 3:21:12 PM
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honestly just put it out and perfect it with updates, you cant sell your console on empty promises.

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LegioN
Thursday, May 08, 2008 @ 3:31:20 PM
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I don't expect it to be perfect on release, just release it as a beta and use updates to improve. As long as it's playable and has the features we've been shown in it, then there should be no reason for beastly delayed like this.

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ThePoetRazel
Thursday, May 08, 2008 @ 3:36:40 PM
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I agree entirely with PapaDuke. This thing doesn't have to be perfect at launch. But it does need to launch.
Every time they delay it other people come up with new things. This means that Sony has to constantly better their ideas on Home to keep up with the competition. They are delaying to much that it'll be obsolete by the time it's released.
Just get it out and Sony can see what it is people like and dislike and improve Home from that rather than delaying to work on applications that may prove to be unwanted.

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screw_off
Thursday, May 08, 2008 @ 3:38:32 PM
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I agree with LegioN, but they want it to function good and not just alright. I've seen videos of peoples avitars falling through the floor and getting stuck at the waist. I don't want that to happen to my avitar. I want to be able to walk through the world and not worry about getting stuck or gliching out on me. I want it to work great.

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Minishmaru
Thursday, May 08, 2008 @ 5:11:15 PM
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Well if anyone has ever heard of this little game called "World of Warcraft" I believe they had a rough start and well...look at them now. I say just release the bloody thing!!! Someone else said so already but I'm gonna say it again, don't show something if its not ready to be launched!

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anjpikapp3
Thursday, May 08, 2008 @ 5:46:45 PM

World of Warcraft?!?! you're comparing world of warcraft to any PS3 title....garbage. Let Sony work it out. Patches are great but to many patches are a pain in the @$$. Let them fix as many bugs out before releasing home, that way everyone can enjoy with little to no problems.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, May 08, 2008 @ 5:11:51 PM
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Personally, I'm not really a fan of all this connectivity and functionality. I got into games because I love games; I'm really not a gadget geek. So whenever a company says they want to hold fast to the gaming crowd, I have to consider that a good thing...delay or no.

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Tatsujin
Sunday, May 11, 2008 @ 10:57:57 AM

Haha Ben, Not a gadget geek, hard to believe :P

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desserts
Friday, May 09, 2008 @ 7:00:04 AM
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Home Beta IS available. Pick up a copy of Everybody's Golf and head to the Online Lobby :)

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Solidgearz
Tuesday, May 13, 2008 @ 1:07:20 PM

your not serious are you! you gotta be pulling my leg, is it really out!? all i gotta do is buy everybody's golf?!

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Tatsujin
Saturday, May 10, 2008 @ 12:55:24 AM
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...."Release Home then update it." Wow, You guys are really big hypocratic fans arnt you?

So, let me get this straight... You first want Sony to release the game idioticly when nothing has really been accomplished (Yes, even if it has been 2 years, they are still working on it folks... Believe it or not It's called effort! Try it sometime!)

And then, after they idioticly release it... You will complain about all the glitches and whatnot you see in Home! (Don't argue with me, you know im right, 90% of you out there WILL start complaining the first 30 secs of Home)

And AFTER they idioticly release it, and you start complaining... You want them to release updates! And then you will be so full of having to update the Home service every other day, you will ONCE AGIAN complain! (Yes you will, don't even fucking say otherwise... We all know this.)

And after all that, You will say, like the little smart asses that you are, "Sony has provided us with an underworked and a half finished service" (I know youll say that one for a fact.)

God... I can see it now... Home, Home of the Complaints!

Is that what you morons want? Obviously it is...

Don't try to agrue with this post, because believe it or not, this post is exaclty whats gonna happen if Sony does release Home too early, and you fucking know it!

So how about we put our mouths up our asses for another year and see what happens, before Sony actually listens to you people and provides us with a half-finished service.

This is @ ALL those people who wanted Home to be released early, and then have updates for it.

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chinchillables
Sunday, May 11, 2008 @ 2:59:44 PM
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LOL.


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