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Harrison: Sony "Brilliantly Realized" Their Home Ambitions

You might think that, depending on the condition of their separation, Phil Harrison may hold a small grudge against Sony. The former executive is now president of Atari, and some guys are reluctant to talk about their former employer.

But according to a recent Eurogamer interview, Harrison says Sony is definitely on the right track with PlayStation Home; he believes the company has "brilliantly realized their ambitions." Of course, this project was initially conceived when Harrison was still running things at SCEE, so perhaps this revelation isn't exactly surprising, but it's still good news. He clearly likes how things are shaping up, and has said he's part of the Home beta. In turn, he think Sony "will have a very successful platform," and re-confirmed Sony's earlier statements that insisted on an open beta launch before 2008 is over. At the same time, Harrison had some kind words for the recently updated Microsoft Xbox 360 dashboard, even though he says they're still only "scratching the surface" of what the industry and gamers have come to expect in the realm of customization and socialization.  Everyone seems more expectant and demanding than ever this generation!

The more we hear people talk about it, the more convinced we are that Home will be a smash success. But everything takes time, and although we agree that the foundation is solid, Sony needs to focus on the building aspects from here on out. But hey, we've always liked Harrison, and we have to agree with that "brilliantly realized" comment.

12/5/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (22 posts)

CaptRon
Friday, December 05, 2008 @ 11:11:54 AM
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sweet!

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Wolfmaster
Friday, December 05, 2008 @ 11:17:46 AM
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well as a beta tester.
I can say if you like social web sites? You are going to love home.
I completely enjoy everthing that I have seen and done.
And thats all I can say about that.

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Scarecrow
Friday, December 05, 2008 @ 11:19:35 AM
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It will not be for everyone
But those that use it EFFECTIVELY will have a lot of fun.

Me personally, I hope to build and join in communities.

It'll be like a forum of sorts(a lot of gamers love forums)

Hope to see the toughest and best Street Fighter players in Home.

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cazzy07
Friday, December 05, 2008 @ 5:28:10 PM

hey im interested in the talk about streetfighter thats right up my alley my psn id is cazzy07 look me up later

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TH3G4MEMASTER
Friday, December 05, 2008 @ 11:42:41 AM
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im on home and i can tell you its absoloutly amazing.Probably as good as a pretty good ps3 game and its gonna be funded by buying clothes ect

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PS3_Wizard
Friday, December 05, 2008 @ 11:57:07 AM
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well there is only about 3-4 weeks left this year...hurry the hell up sony.

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Aftab
Friday, December 05, 2008 @ 12:47:21 PM
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To those who've played the beta, especially Qubex, what exactly is "Home"? So far, all I know, is that it is a feature of PSN, that allows gamers to meet up to play games, or chat? Could anyone kindly correct me or elaborate?

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CH1N00K
Friday, December 05, 2008 @ 1:01:17 PM
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It's to meet and people and mostly chat (network) with people. You can play some games. (bowling, pool, chess) eventually you can shop for clothes and stuff. I'm assuming in the full version you'll be able to go into home and launch a game with your clan/friends. Supposedly you'll be able to display your trophies and games in your space. I don't know if you've heard of second life or not, but it's like that,or the online appeal of World of Warcraft without the quests. It's all about meeting new people. Myself? I don't get it. Everyone else seems to love it, but for me it doesn't work. I got bored with Home beta. It takes too long to type out something to say to someone, and no one seems to use mics. Sure the new peripheral (key pad) might fix that, or a plug and play keyboard, but even then, I've never turned on my Playstation just to talk to someone. If I wanted to talk with someone, I'd spend time with my girfriend instead. But I've noticed in the posts here, that I'm a rare breed, everyone else seems to love it, so when it launches check it out and judge for yourself. Just don't look for me..lol

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CH1N00K
Friday, December 05, 2008 @ 1:21:04 PM

As I finished typing out this response I realized that the main ad banner at the top of this page was an ad for IMVU. That is a prime example of what Home is except I'm hoping with less horny people wanting to cyber. I tried it out once, thought it was lame..and closed my account. Which is what I'll probably do with Home.

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Gogaku
Friday, December 05, 2008 @ 2:55:19 PM

you're not a rare breed of this page because you don't like Home, you're a rare breed because you have a girlfriend :)

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Aftab
Friday, December 05, 2008 @ 3:24:28 PM

Thanks for the info, Ch1N00k!

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JPBooch
Friday, December 05, 2008 @ 5:14:13 PM

To be honest, I'm not too much the social butterfly either but I do have a few friends I met through playfire that I regularly talk to on the PS3 through the eye and pm'ing. Home will make it easier

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JPBooch
Friday, December 05, 2008 @ 5:12:05 PM

Not really...just shows that most xbox owners don't have the money for the best system on the market ;)

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LegendaryWolfeh
Friday, December 05, 2008 @ 5:21:40 PM

also which Sony people are you talking about? Since Phil Harrison isn't a part of Sony anymore, also I was pretty sure I read somewhere that Bill Gates owns a PS3, or at least has played it, since he commented about it........otherwise he'd just being saying false things =O

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cazzy07
Friday, December 05, 2008 @ 2:18:29 PM
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this is for scarecrow i like ur idea about streetfighter if intrested my user name is cazzy07 thanx

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, December 06, 2008 @ 2:58:08 AM
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Harrison is putting himself in the news a lot lately. Maybe he misses Sony now.

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Wage SLAVES
Saturday, December 06, 2008 @ 3:49:00 AM
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Oooo man I made the most disfigured looking guy on Home...couldn't stop doing the salsa dancing in the middle of lil groups of people! Endless laughs!!! That and running around messing with all the "girls". Ya know theres not that many girls in there...

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HUSO
Saturday, December 06, 2008 @ 5:53:44 AM
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the home team should give us picture frames soon. i'm dying to decorate my pad.

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Arvis
Monday, December 08, 2008 @ 2:01:42 PM

Psh'yeah!!!

I have my beautiful Summer House and barely anything to put in it yet. Can't wait for the tvs, stereos, etc...

-Arvis

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NetheRealm
Sunday, December 07, 2008 @ 11:06:41 AM
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I was looking forward to Home until heard all the junior police(other gamers who believe they are judges & have the right to decide what is considered offensive behavior)are going to be running around reporting people for any & everything they do to try & get you banned. So I think it won't even last a year at that rate everyone will be banned in 6 months.

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NetheRealm
Sunday, December 07, 2008 @ 11:12:58 AM
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Everyone is going to be running around reporting each other's bad behavior so I expect in 6 months half the Homies will be banned & it will all be shut down within a year.

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Arvis
Monday, December 08, 2008 @ 2:05:08 PM

Yeah, that makes alot of sense. That may be the most logical thing anyone has ever said. Ever. Seriously, it's brilliant how you used a "fact" that apparently has no source and ran with it in ten unheard-of directions until you came to crash landing at the first improbable conclusion that came along. Really. Brilliant. Did you go to school for that skill, or does it come naturally? Seriously, because I am just blown away by your Double-Post of Sheer Awesome.

-Arvis

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