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Home Stores Get Stocked Today

Hey! Talk about springing up out of the blue...of course, this may only refer to UK gamers right now, but let's hope this includes North America as well.

As you can see by this update over at the SCEE forums, the PlayStation Home servers will be offline until 7 a.m. today (UK time), while Sony makes a few new changes. Once it's back, beta testers will finally be able to purchase new items from the stores in the Mall, which have been closed up until this point. Of course, we're still not sure exactly how we'll go about buying this new stuff - a concrete mode of gathering funds hasn't been established yet - but we're hoping to nab a few new things for our temporary Home space today. We'd also like to know if anything we buy now will transfer over when Home becomes an open public beta later this month, but that's just another question that may not be answered immediately. For the time being, we remain impressed with what we've seen of Home so far, and we're fully convinced it will become a very special and revolutionary service over the next few years.

If this only applies to testers in the UK, then it's too bad for everyone else. But we'll find out soon enough, and we look forward to any new updates Sony provides.

12/3/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (14 posts)

LightShow
Wednesday, December 03, 2008 @ 10:30:59 PM
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nice to know the mall will be used for more than chess tables that are always full...

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, December 03, 2008 @ 11:12:50 PM
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Its gotta mean the open is close. But hows the buying going down? Did they solidify the trophies as money issue?

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Alienange
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 3:37:28 PM

I sure hope it's not trophies. Stinkin' Warhawk impossible trophies! How will I ever be able to buy something?

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crapreviews
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 12:40:22 AM
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this is for the NA ppl too. if you look on the Playstation forums for NA you will see they made a post about it.

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DigitalStorm
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 8:22:13 AM
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Is it just me - or am I only one not bothered about home? It's just a different theme for what is essentially the playstation menus.

What's the big deal?

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PS3_Wizard
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 9:01:36 AM
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yeah digitalstorm....its just you :P

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DigitalStorm
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 9:17:13 AM
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So tell me then - what's the big deal with it?

Enlighten me to the virtues of home.

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CH1N00K
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 12:24:24 PM
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No, DigitalStorm, it's not just you, I'm in the beta, and I don't even bother with it anymore. So it's you and me...lol. Everyone else seems to be excited about this except for us. I like the idea of designing your own character to play a game, but designing an avatar to run around and talk to people isn't my thing. For people that like Second Life or IMVU, or spend all day on MSN messenger, then this is the program for them. For me, I go online to game, and I don't find Home to be much of a game, it's a social network. Not my cup of tea. I'm sure it will get better but I just don't know if it's something I'll get into.

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Itdoesntmatter
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 4:28:22 PM

Home is for use with a lot of friends and people that you play with regularly.

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Arvis
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 12:57:34 PM
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Crap, the mall is going to be so crowded when I get home from work.

-Arvis

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tlpn99
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 1:14:32 PM
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I can see the idea of Home, you can go to your mates house/home area and see if they fancy a game of something. A text message are u in and r u coming online etc was the way to play yer mates. It is a nice new idea but a lot of people don't like this. I love Home for the bowling lol, it's pure fun.
Who knows where else it will go.

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IronFace2
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 1:47:21 PM
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Home Sweet Home!

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BigT_1980
Thursday, December 04, 2008 @ 9:25:27 PM
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I'm in the US beta and I downloaded the summer home. I is certainly better than the stock home.

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DigitalStorm
Monday, December 08, 2008 @ 8:44:28 AM
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Thank you!

PSN is a for core gamers. Do I want to mess around putting different shades of check trousers on with my sports casual jacket, or do I want to get online and so some FPS action?

I think I'll take the 2nd option.

As for text messaging others. I have exactly want I want in a friends list - it does the job perfectly. It tells me who's online and what they're playing.

I really cant see what everyone's going on about. the in-game XMB was a much bigger deal than this p.o.s.

As a secondary point, and it might be me being dumb here - but what effect is this going to have on PSN traffic? People diving out into home when hosting online peer- to peer? Doesnt sound great to me.

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