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Sony Will Continue To Work Through Home Technical Issues

Not surprisingly, the open beta launch of PlayStation Home wasn't without its fair share of technical problems yesterday, but rest assured, Sony is pushing through the obstacles.

As of right now, we've been able to jump into Home and examine the newly revamped Central Plaza and the stores in the Mall, plus we were able to test out the mini-game Saucer Pop and several of the arcade titles in the Bowling Alley. We learned that it will cost real money to purchase items at the stores, but the items are quite cheap and in retrospect, you could go on a complete buying spree with only $20. Hell, I think you could purchase every item currently available for that amount; the only new Estate available is a Summer House for $4.99, and various threads for your avatar and pieces of furniture and other decorations for your Space range from $0.49 to $1.99, with the average sitting at about $1. Obviously, Sony will add many more items as time goes on, and we should reach a point where we can start transporting our PS3 media directly into our Homes. Everything is as pretty as we remember from the closed beta, and there are plenty of people wandering about.

Earlier in the day, we couldn't sign in, but now we can, although we still encounter the Network Disconnect error every now and then. This apparently hasn't been 100% fixed yet, but Sony continues to issue updates. Most of them just say, "we're working on it," and they have made progress, so at least they ain't lying. For the most part, this is exactly the social community we were hoping for, and once Sony gets past these initial snafus, things should be fine.

Related Game(s): PlayStation Home

12/11/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (39 posts)

Quincho
Thursday, December 11, 2008 @ 10:02:04 PM
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mmm..., I dont know mhy, but I dont like home at all

Its just too boring, 90% of the time you have nothing to do!

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baseballdude_ [Administrator]
Thursday, December 11, 2008 @ 10:05:45 PM
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I successfully downloaded and installed Home only to get "Server error. Session Has Timed Out Or Does Not Exist : -603" on multiple occasions.

I'm sure this is due to excessive load...but you'd think they'd be prepared for that if they were launching it.

Edit: Woo, I'm in. Can't seem to find a decent hairstyle though.

Last edited by baseballdude_ on 12/11/2008 10:17:52 PM

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bearbobby
Friday, December 12, 2008 @ 10:27:10 AM

Yeah, I agree, the hairstyles bloooooow. Not everyone wants a puffed up metro look, ya know? Can't just get an nice buzz cut that is more than stubble.

The system's pretty cool and it's fun to interact with people from all over. Though of course there's always the douche's with their headsets on running around calling people homos and constantly whining, thank god for the mute option.

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ps92117
Thursday, December 11, 2008 @ 10:06:29 PM
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i have already aquiered all of those items in the close beta and yeah saucer pop is some fun ,congrats to sony just get that new content up soon ,hope they have one bout kz2 and psx dont for get bout making a club

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ps92117
Thursday, December 11, 2008 @ 10:10:55 PM
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forget one word sorry did not notice the upper comments but yeah all i can say to the first one is u don't like delet it and forget that it ever existed instead of coming here to tell us bout how oring it was and to second comment try redownloading it

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, December 11, 2008 @ 10:32:11 PM
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Where do u even download it from, it just isn't there, guess all the US isn't up yet

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jlch777
Thursday, December 11, 2008 @ 10:40:59 PM
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cant connect!!!! error 603,server time out.....

maybe tomorrow.>>

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kreate
Thursday, December 11, 2008 @ 10:41:37 PM
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i am at HOME right now and i think its hilarious. i already met some new ppl. its free so i'm not complaining.

go to system update or there will be a HOME icon somewhere. go click it.

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monomilkman
Thursday, December 11, 2008 @ 10:42:03 PM
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well i wish i cld see it, downloaded it(finally), but have been having the dns error continuously, i managed to agree to the user aggrement, then it crashed again, oh well, thats why its a beta

hopefully ill be able to get on tomorrow

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karneli lll
Thursday, December 11, 2008 @ 11:32:50 PM
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home is beautiful,n the potiential is just massive,i watched pulse in the mall,they should have monitors all over the place.Imagine if Sony got rights to airing the spike vga???!!! Again,the potential is massive

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inkme101
Friday, December 12, 2008 @ 12:27:39 AM
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too bad they charge actual money for worthless virtual crap! thats a page right out of microsofts book. they should have incorporated a different moitary system i.e. trophies or what not. I can think of a hundered things id rather spend cash on in the ps store before id spend hard earned actual dollars on a virtual couch! anyone else feeling me on this? kinda hurt the whole “FREE” experience for me. i mean, i knew sony would find a way to capitalize on home and make a profit on it, but i didnt think itd be on day one. Ill tell you what sony. you should rely on this revolutionary new service to sell more consoles and appeal to a whole new market to make money from home. not RAPE those faithful fans that have been there from the start.

ps1,ps2,psp,ps3 owner all from launch, also HOME beta tester from the beginning. (not so fond of home at this point) thanks sony?

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Doogie86
Sunday, December 14, 2008 @ 3:12:10 PM

I don't know why you are so upset... they aren't going to charge for everything, and there are ways you can also earn extras already... if you get certain scores on the arcade games you get special items. They have already talked about how developers are working on putting in special things for their areas. There is going to be plenty of free things added as well. I hope you remember this is still a beta... you'll see it get much better over the next few months. And its simple... if you don't want to pay for it... don't. At least it isn't like Microsoft and require you to pay...

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inkme101
Friday, December 12, 2008 @ 12:28:43 AM
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monitary i mean. oops

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Fane1024
Friday, December 12, 2008 @ 2:55:11 PM

You know you can just edit your post here, right? You don't need to have an "oops" post.

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Cuetes
Friday, December 12, 2008 @ 2:03:48 AM
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Ive yet to pay for anything in home and Ive got every possible thing. The only thing I've seen is they do charge 5 bucks for the right to claim a club name. Inkedhed2toe, have you really played it?

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inkme101
Friday, December 12, 2008 @ 2:58:22 AM
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ive been in the closed beta since it started i didn't pay 4 n e thing either it was all free to download 4 closed beta users. but im mad 4 the people that do have to pay. and if thats all you see that costs money then u obviously havent been to the mall in there yet have ya?

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hald
Friday, December 12, 2008 @ 4:20:19 AM
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I dont think its a problem that we have to pay for things in home..
- I mean. Microsoft are charging for everything. Even for just PLAYING online. Here we get a FREE social community in which we dont have to spend a single dime..
Yes it costs if you want new virtual clothes.. But hell 1 dollar for a shirt and if you dont want to spend money in home dont!
That really isn't that big a problem..

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Deleted User
Friday, December 12, 2008 @ 11:29:01 AM

Its only 50 bucks a year. Most games cost more then that nowadays.

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Fane1024
Friday, December 12, 2008 @ 2:58:09 PM

@ Joshua
Yeah, but it's $50 a year you should have to spend (and you don't if you're smart enough to have chosen a PS3). I mean, I could burn a fiver every month and it wouldn't really affect my overall wealth, but why would I?

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Fatcat3788
Saturday, December 13, 2008 @ 6:38:28 AM

@Joshua
You missed the point of the comment...

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Dingodial
Sunday, December 14, 2008 @ 12:01:26 PM

@ Joshua
$50 isn't really a lot of money but even if it was $5 a year it still wouldn't match up to the FREE playstation network.

Just think... if you keep paying for xbox Live for your 360 (unless it gets the common Red Ring of Death) then you would easily spend at least $200 in only 4 years. If you do xbox Live for 8 years then it would be $400 (the price of an 80gb. PS3!). After spending $400 for xbox Live and paying at least $200 for the 360 then you would spend a grand total of $100 more than what a 160gb. PS3 costs!!!

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FallenClyro
Friday, December 12, 2008 @ 4:46:45 AM
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Well I was in Home for the first time yesterday and I'm extremely impressed with it. I can see why they took so long to make everything perfect and I'm very happy with it. I look forward to pimping up my flat and my avatar :D

Oh yeah and I can also imagine that I will be buying stuff in Home as logn as the prices are reasonable.

Last edited by FallenClyro on 12/12/2008 4:47:28 AM

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DigitalStorm
Friday, December 12, 2008 @ 5:04:35 AM
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I went online last night and to be honest it succeeded in living up to my very low expectations.

What a waste of time. I shall continue to use my PS3 for playing games.

If I want to go shopping, I'll do it for real not round a vitual shopping centre.

What a b.o.s

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Reccaman18
Friday, December 12, 2008 @ 10:22:28 AM

um, I think you mean p.o.s. and no, its not really.

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PS3_Wizard
Friday, December 12, 2008 @ 9:09:34 AM
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When you do buy stuff, do you use the money in your PS Wallet, or do you buy it directly from the home interface?

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shreevin
Friday, December 12, 2008 @ 9:29:38 AM
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I have mixed feelings about Home...

Great social environment to meet other players and make friends. Not going to spend money on items that an intern could make. Honestly, I can't give a full review. I wasn't in the closed beta. Just downloaded and played inside for about an hour last night and got kinda bored quick. I'll give more time this weekend and see if my opinion changes.

Like I said, mixed feelings.

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Highlightreel
Friday, December 12, 2008 @ 10:10:51 AM
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Same here shreevin. I'm glad it's on PS3, as I am a xbox hater, and I appreciate Sony creating something like this, but can't really see what took so long. I know it just opened to the public, I realize that. Just not much there or to do. All that was happening when I was on was 4 guys dancing on every random and rarely seen girl. And I'm NOT going to pay money for stuff on there like a sweatshirt. lol. I'll check back now and then, but not really my thing I guess.

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Reccaman18
Friday, December 12, 2008 @ 10:21:40 AM
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Why is everyone complaining about paying money for extra things in home? Its not like Sony is making you buy them, hell, it doesnt even make the experience that much different. All you can do is just re-dress your avatar, or re-decorate your apartment. You dont have to buy anything if you dont want to.

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cegmp
Friday, December 12, 2008 @ 2:01:53 PM

I guess that people want to buy them without actually "buying" them.

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Fane1024
Friday, December 12, 2008 @ 3:04:56 PM

Everybody's avatars all look so similar, due to the limited number of clothing options, so I think people just want to be able to create a unique look without having to spend real money. I can see them having people pay for a Ratchet costume or the like, but $1 for a different t-shirt? We can't even change the color of an item of clothing at the moment, so everyone's shirt looks the same. They might as well have put us all in 1984-style overalls.

I mean, there's only one style of glasses (plus one set of shades). If Lenscrafters did that, they'd go out of business.

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Arvis
Friday, December 12, 2008 @ 1:46:16 PM
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Real money? *facepalm*

-Arvis

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Robertson99
Friday, December 12, 2008 @ 3:27:10 PM
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I'm on Home as I type and I love it!! I just wish there was more to buy and see, but it's only day two, so I'm not complaining with what I've got 'cos I know sony will add to it. Where are the game themed rooms I've been reading about?

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bearbobby
Friday, December 12, 2008 @ 5:13:45 PM
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I agree with Fane, not enough customizing options. I can understand paying a buck or whatnot for a shirt based on an IP, but you should be able to alter the color scheme of the shirts/pants they do give you.

Better yet, you should be able to import characters from you other games, I'd love to run around as my little Sackboy! lol

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GamerKid123
Saturday, December 13, 2008 @ 7:05:38 AM
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I can't even log on! Every time i try and connect it comes up with an error!

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Robertson99
Saturday, December 13, 2008 @ 8:27:40 AM

Just keep trying GamerKid, it takes me a while 'cos of all the error messages, but I get on in the end

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Dante399
Saturday, December 13, 2008 @ 12:06:43 PM
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Home is great but the Pool is not accurate..kinda sad...but over all it's fantastic!

p.s.
there're no chicks!!! Are all gamers dudes??

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bustin98
Saturday, December 13, 2008 @ 3:32:05 PM
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If it makes you feel better Dante, I made a female character last night. I'll send her over to your place later ;)

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Dante399
Saturday, December 13, 2008 @ 5:23:30 PM

;) cool

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Doogie86
Sunday, December 14, 2008 @ 3:08:20 PM
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Even though there isn't much to do at the moment I have found home to be quite intresting. I have already met so many people that share the same gaming intrests I do and have been having a lot of fun walking around with them and just talking to other people. I am not one of the people that was expecting it to have millions of things to do, I wanted home for the main reason of getting to meet people and so on. I mean I just think the bowling ally and games are just little extras... I am just waiting for the game launching and items to get much better.

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