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PS3 Soon Going Home, And It's A Bona Fide System Seller

Yes, it has been delayed several times, and yes, more than a few current and prospective PlayStation 3 owners have questioned whether or not PlayStation Home will deliver the goods. Well, of course it will. Wanna know why?

Look, I'm not a huge online gamer and I spend minimal time on the PlayStation Store or Xbox Live Marketplace. I don't really care about add-on content, trailers, that fancy new Video Service, and I only rarely get excited about playable demos. Why is this important? Because every time something significant that's restricted to the Internet arrives, it almost never interests me...but Home does. I won't be spending a great deal of time with Home, either - don't get me wrong - but I am most certainly intrigued by the application. The question is, how will people respond? Some comments on the subject question if users are annoyed with the delays and now have lost interest. But frankly, that's not the issue: as the new generation rolls forward, it has become very clear to both developers and journalists alike that online functionality is critical. It's critical to the success of many games these days, and in turn, it can be said that it's critical to the industry as a whole. PlayStation Home is a central communication hub for all PS3 owners out there, and it should be fully robust. It's also something that can continue to grow and expand.

Given all this, it's difficult to see Home as a failure. Everyone seems to absolutely adore virtual communication; forums, IM, headsets when playing multiplayer online, etc, etc, etc. Besides, as the Network continues to be a FREE service, and Home should be easily accessible to all, there's little to stop users from giving it a try. And like I said, the current trend is obvious: the online capabilities of a machine like the PS3 will play a crucial role in its success, and Sony sees Home as an initial driving force. The Store and Network have come into their own, and now, Home is poised to take the next step. Something intriguing to the avid gamer that asks for virtually no added effort? ...what's the problem?

As for the launch, there's a lot of speculation that Home will be here next month, and if there's an official word on the matter, we'll be sure to let you know.  But we don't believe the excitement has gone anywhere; it's there, it's just waiting.

9/22/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (19 posts)

akiris
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 10:18:58 PM
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i agree i got sick of waiting for it but now its geting closer i cant wait to get my hands on it i like doing things with friends i have a lot of them on the game system and this will bring a new way to do things other than jump in to a game just to talk to every one lol but ya lets see what thay do come on sony get to us please

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Zaben
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 10:26:20 PM
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I do believe that Home will be a success, but I personally am not too excited about it. I have a bit of experience in online communities and I find they get boring pretty fast. Home does seem to have a large load of activities to do so maybe I will spend a good amount of time on it.

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LightShow
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 10:29:27 PM
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I remember SCEA talking about a Warhawk "situation room" where you could have a 3d map of any multiplayer map, you could plan out forms of attack, have little markers, and launch directly into a warhawk game. This intrigues me.

What if other games start following suit? What if Burnout Paradise decides to release a lounge where there was a fully explorable 3d map of Paradise city, with similar instant launch capabilities?

If this scenario becomes semi-typical, especially for tactical FPS's that could benefit form the "Situation Room" type enviroment, I'm gonna start to get super stoked, ESPECIALLY if the 3rd party decides to capitalize on this.

Let it roll, sony. Let it roll.

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SerendipityDeus
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 10:34:51 PM
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I might hust fiddle around with this when it comes out, I spend my time just play the campaign and evry once in a while online, but still can't wait for Home

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AceTatsujin
Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 11:13:28 PM
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You guys will not be disappointed with HOME. I'm a Beta Tester and I tell you it is freaking awesome. There's many things in there, tons of options and tons of things to do. When you walk in the park, all you see is 3-5 story buildings, lots of people walking and running. Music stations here and there, and don't sway your eyes away from those huge, HUGE LCD's attached to Buildings and Walk-ways and other stuff too, playing different upcoming games and other selections. It is really fun and dazzaling. I wouldn't imagin' what would they release on the PS4 if they honestly did something as amazing as HOME.

Last edited by AceTatsujin on 9/22/2008 11:14:46 PM

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Vivi_Gamer
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 @ 3:21:47 AM
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I admit im not hyped for it anymore, but as soon as its out i'm sure ill jump right in.

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Alienange
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 @ 3:40:27 AM
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I'm looking forward to this. Can't really go wrong with free.

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ThePoetRazel
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 @ 4:23:28 AM
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Home is the ultimate community feature for the online gaming community. I've doubled my friend's list just as a beta tester in Home. When Home comes out users will be begging for a much larger friend's list and friend categories. Home turns "Playstation users" into "Playstation community".

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athos45
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 @ 4:41:04 AM
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Okay... so this should be good its coming soon.
But the author of the article didn't expound on why its gonna be a bonafide system seller.
I'll tell you what's a system seller, its Tekken 6, FF13, Gran Turismo 5, Little Big Planet.

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LegioN
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 @ 4:42:34 AM
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To be honest the constant delays did burn out my excited i had, but i'll still give it a go just purely because they took so long lol.

That and there's no denying it has "something" about it and has potential to be somethig special.

I don't think this will be decided upon launch though. Much like the ps3 it will have to evolve through constant updates to keep the ball rolling and to get something in it that everybody will like. This will decide it's overall success/failure.

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kj313
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 @ 5:53:39 AM
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I'm not really hype for anything sony comes out with anymore. Usually they get my expectations very high and normally when that happens, its hard to fill those shoes. I'm not geeked for this app to come out but when it does i'll look at it.

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jera_truhart
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 @ 6:59:01 AM
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Home.

The APP reminds me of the release of Windows Vista.

People got excited at all the features and the release date (pushed back several times)

The features were stripped from vista in the name of quality.

the diffrences im seeing though are there Home promised trophys and a movies theatre, web cam chat etc... things that sony is slowly releasing one at a time and then adding software updates functionality and patching..

is this just a tactic to delay the software further or part of a smarter mass beta testing plan for the service i dunno.

Seems to me sony is taking the right route. would you rather delay a project if its not up to par instead of releasing a windows ME and not being able to take it back? Souring the mouths of those who once trusted you. Making those loyal those willing to try another platform?

If anything i feel sony is guilty of keeping us too informed. With windows vista they promised us things and then were forced to take them back. Microsoft is now more "translucent" about Windows 7. Let us hope this this is not a case of the same and home is much less then what we were promised. i feel delay if you must, just give us what you promised.....

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ray taylor
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 @ 8:15:43 AM
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I am a tester for Home and all I can say is that it is so so. As of right now when I go into Home I see lots of people just standing around. There are several good recomendations on the Home board for updates, hopefully some of those will be put into the final version of the game.

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dmcdaid
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 @ 8:51:16 AM
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WHEN HOME COMING OUT IN OCT!!

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Cuetes
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 @ 10:50:14 AM
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Sony has dropped the ball several times with home, (Its been delayed for a year) but this application has some serious upside. I think our younger gaming generation will eat this up, older gamers not so much.

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Scarecrow
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 @ 10:58:14 AM
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Aye aye!
Can't wait to form tournaments!

God I really hope HOME flows smoothly.
Not only that I hope that Devs and Publishers support it in a big way.

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Vysey
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 @ 11:05:50 AM
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Home should be interesting, it has been delayed but i'm sure it would be worth it :)

I'll be taking a look at it for sure and those of you who say your not I bet you will! :P

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 @ 1:51:25 PM
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Agree with most of you, I think it will be a killer app for the younger gamers because they are even more visually inclined than us old geezers: meaning they might respond better to a full-on virtual walkabout world and what it has to offer than a menu-driven system. Also since older gamers are a little fewer and farther in between (in general we are busy folks) we won't have huge friends lists without having to put up with 13 year old warhawk flamers screaming over bluetooth. But you can bet your fanboy a55 that over Xmas break for school kids this sucker will be packed. Also I think it will make a wonderfully curious app to showcase at best-buy but I don't see it as a big system seller. I am of course open to arguments.

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shaydey77
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 @ 3:22:46 PM
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Im intrigued but still undecided.Ive watched a few videos but nothing realy made me stop and go wow that was cool.But ill try it anyway because i want to try and get that WOW feeling Sony have been successfulyy serving me since the playstation one.

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