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Home: A "Social Layer" For The PS3

Okay, let's be clear- PlayStation Home is this and not that. There seems to have been a lot of confusion surrounding Sony's innovative online service, but lead artist John Venables has tried to clarify the situation.

First, comments from SCEE's Darren Cairns and Liam Wickham, made at the recent Develop Conference, revolved around the philosophy that Home isn't a social network; it's more "focused on games" and it's a "visual representation of the PlayStation community." (source- GamerChip)  Well, that's not 100% true, according to Venables. He describes it on Australian site WAToday as a "social layer" for the PS3, as the company's primary goal centers on making "online gaming more accessible and welcoming." In other words, it's a relatively simple and straightforward premise: users will have a "home" they can call their own, and there will be designated meeting places for gamers to chat. This is the social aspect, obviously. At the same time, we will be able to launch games from directly within Home, and there will even be "open areas set aside for special events...designed to be interactive for the audience members." In other words, it's a combination of community and gaming, as best we can tell.

The PlayStation Home open beta is scheduled to launch some time this fall, and we'll all be able to see exactly what it is. In the meantime, we can always envision what this service could blossom into a few years down the road; the possibilities appear limitless.

8/29/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (11 posts)

The_Chimeran
Friday, August 29, 2008 @ 11:44:29 AM
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I'd describe home as the bench at school that you and your friends sit at. You decide what you want to do or just sit around and talk. Oh and also there's people around the bench area so if more people want to join than well they can join.
Man sony needs to hire me to clarify things don't they. :)

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Reccaman18
Friday, August 29, 2008 @ 12:02:21 PM

You do give good analogies. lol

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ActionJackson
Friday, August 29, 2008 @ 12:10:04 PM

I see it as Gaming Socializing pure awesomeness.

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GamerKid123
Friday, August 29, 2008 @ 1:39:14 PM
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Well, it's pretty much a combo of The Sims and real life... you get to make the home for yourself (i think), and you can go and play games.

Last edited by GamerKid123 on 8/29/2008 1:39:34 PM

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Tim Speed24
Friday, August 29, 2008 @ 1:41:52 PM
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I'm in Home right now. The Northeast America invites have been sent via email. This is a much more fleshed out Home than the one a year, or so, ago.

Sony still doesn't let you in "all" areas but what is accessable is really nice.

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caliblue15
Friday, August 29, 2008 @ 2:38:25 PM

Just to let you know, the North American invites have NOT been sent out yet. If you got an invite, its because you were already a best tester and did not know about it.

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ThePoetRazel
Friday, August 29, 2008 @ 3:15:14 PM
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Home is a great place to hang out and to hear the latest from other gamers. Home brings the community together.

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Fatcat3788
Friday, August 29, 2008 @ 7:45:23 PM
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Awesome analogy Chimeran haha! I am actually pretty excited about the "events" that are going to be interactive and take place. Seems pretty interesting. I also want to hear more about being able to unlock clothes/items for your avatar by playing/buying certain games. Could be fun to run around HOME with dante's sword, Snake's Bandana, Nick Drake's hair, and a Chimeran mask lol. Oh the possiblities!

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LightShow
Saturday, August 30, 2008 @ 12:20:51 AM
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I'm still diggin the Warhawk Situation Room.

that has badass written all over it.

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AntDC
Saturday, August 30, 2008 @ 4:37:46 AM
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I can't wait for this. Lets be honest, Homes going to be more than a "Social Layer" when it comes out. Like most of Sonys products, I get the feeling this is just going to keep growing and get more and more defined over time. Surely this will shift PS3s.

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Qubex
Saturday, August 30, 2008 @ 7:29:19 AM

Yes, this is true, it will just keep growing!

Q!

"aLL RoAdS LeAd ToO HoMe"

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