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Sony Wants Home To Become An Eventual System Seller

With everyone talking about PlayStation Home these days, Sony should be encouraged at this kind of enthusiastic response. But of course, they have bigger and better things planned for their ambitious online community, and they certainly expect it to push PS3 sales.

As most of you know by now, it costs money - real money - to purchase items in Home; everything from threads for your avatar to decorations for your current space and new Estates costs something. These prices currently only range from $0.49 to $4.99 (for the new Summer Home Estate), with most items averaging about $1. This, along with advertising space, will certainly generate revenue flow, but Sony wants Home to be an eventual system seller. Said Dan Hill, Home service manager for SCEE:

"... In time I would say that Home will definitely become a reason to purchase [PS3]. Today, we are at the beginning of a long journey - now is the time to start its evolution." (source- CVG)

At its core, Home remains a free service, and quite capable of providing users with an amazing and singular experience. It certainly will help the Network catch up to Live in terms of prominence, and Sony wants people to buy a PS3 and watch as "Home evolves." It's like nothing else you've seen, and nothing else you can experience on another platform, and that's going to be the primary factor that should influence PS3 sales. Obviously, they've got a few kinks to work out and they need to feature more of just about everything in Home, but don't worry...it's coming. And the more that comes, the happier everyone will be, including prospective PS3 owners.

12/15/2008 Ben Dutka

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tramp
Monday, December 15, 2008 @ 11:04:51 AM
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im not sure about this,i liked the trophies idea.i hope it does work.its very boring at the moment

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Skwidd
Monday, December 15, 2008 @ 11:13:12 AM
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I never played the Sims online but can someone tell me if this is almost identical? Seems like it to me.

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Fane1024
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 @ 8:14:17 PM

Home is not a game at all.

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Qubex
Monday, December 15, 2008 @ 11:15:19 AM
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Between Home content and DLC game components, I am iffy on spending anything extra other than purchasing 2-3 AAA game titles per year... Admittedly, if DLC content was made available for the likes of Killzone 2 I would seriously consider it... other than that I will make do with what orignal game titles have to offer; and what comes free with Home...

BTW, it seems Home has been hacked/modded by users already. Apparently people are uploading there own poster images that are displayable directly in Home. You can also add/stream your video/music files by duping Home to... will leave it up to the intrepid internet surfer to find out more... seems that early reports by people already messing about with the back end architecture of Home have revealed that Home is very insecure and very porous... YouTube should have some vids up if you are willing to search for them...

On one of the sites there was also a link that permitted users to click on and download the 70mb Home package file (installer) directly from the SCEA servers without having to go through the usual XMB route....

Q!

"i aM hOMe"

Last edited by Qubex on 12/15/2008 11:16:24 AM

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hald
Monday, December 15, 2008 @ 1:23:41 PM

cant find anything about home beeing modded. : S

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hald
Monday, December 15, 2008 @ 1:43:22 PM

Well.. I just found it -.-
Those hackers really have to stop it.. Or sony has to get their game on and get home secured! (or something)
Im tired of seeing those hackers do such stuff.. It kind of ruins the overall experience in some way.. ; S

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kreate
Monday, December 15, 2008 @ 11:42:20 AM
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well, my sister was a xbox360 fan cuz of games like eternal sonata and blue dragon. but now that her xbox stopped reading any disks, and the release of HOME on my ps3. she's been on HOME like 24/7 and kicks me out of her way.

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King James
Monday, December 15, 2008 @ 12:19:30 PM

Wow! really?

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Alienange
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 6:05:41 AM

Be a man and buy her a PS3.

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coverton341
Monday, December 15, 2008 @ 11:46:40 AM
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If some of the immaturity can be quelled and they add more games that can be launched from home with respective game spaces then I think Home will be a reason a lot of people buy a PS3, but the way it is now most people are probably just overlooking it while a lot of parents are probably turned off because of the bad press.

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noshownogo
Monday, December 15, 2008 @ 12:06:01 PM
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now this might be far fetched and i am open to criticism but wouldn't it be in Sony's best interest to use the trophies collected by PS3 users as HOME currency?

I mean it would encourage software sales and therefore make developers more interested in creating games for the platform...in this the virtual world of HOME we should never have to use real world currency to make purchases...

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VinTheDean
Monday, December 15, 2008 @ 12:13:37 PM

I have heard that they might use trophies as a currency but not official word.

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coverton341
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 11:45:50 AM

Sony has to have some way of recouping the price to develop Home and they do not make money from other companies software being that it belongs to other companies. The argument could be made that trophies being currency would push more software in turn pushing more hardware but hardware sales cover hardware costs still leaving development costs of Home uncovered. While trophies=money is a great thought and would be nice it would have a negative fiscal impact on Sony as a company.

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Fabi
Monday, December 15, 2008 @ 12:10:13 PM
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@noshow - It could work, but I think they are more interested in getting all that money back by selling stuff directly on home. Not counting on developers to take notice.

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Joe_III
Monday, December 15, 2008 @ 12:21:01 PM
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hmmm...

Doubt it.

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pavlovic
Monday, December 15, 2008 @ 12:23:44 PM
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Home is a waste of time and HDD space.

I have little time to play videogames, so I have 2 choices go Home or actually play games, with the likes of LBP, R2, CODW@W, EndWar, GeoW2, Fifa, Madden... the choice is clear for me, forget home, play games.

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whooka
Monday, December 15, 2008 @ 12:38:37 PM

I'm feeling ya. Home in no way would persuade me to purchase a PS3 system if I was at a decision making crossroads. I didn't really buy the PS3 for social networking, I got a PC for that and still overall despise the concept. As people are finding out in Home, the bulk of people who spend alot of time online in social networking scenarios are complete knobheads.

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N a S a H
Monday, December 15, 2008 @ 1:25:30 PM

Same here. I've had it for two months now and I've used it only 3 times. I haven't even done anything on it. I would rather play my games.

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tlpn99
Monday, December 15, 2008 @ 12:38:04 PM
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Home is ok at the moment with the exception of idiots on there ruining it for everyone else. (See Bens previous article) but as a selling point if I didn't have a PS3 at the moment Home would not make me want to go out and buy one I would be buying one because of the games out for it. Unless Home is going to be doing something major in the future (and who knows it may do) until it does it won't sell the PS3.

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aaronisbla
Monday, December 15, 2008 @ 12:58:44 PM
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they really should work on bringing those prices down, sure it isnt a lot, but you don't get much at all. At least make it so you can buy things in reduced priced packages, like the lbp streetfighter pack.

Or just make it so the damn trophies are used as some type of currency. Until the work out some kinks and do something about the way they would nickle and dime us, it wont be a system seller.

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Fane1024
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 @ 8:20:00 PM

Really. Sony (et al), put the "micro" back in microtransactions.

micro = 1/1,000,000th

If $60 is a standard transaction, a "microtransaction" should be AT MOST a few pennies.

Please start nickle-and-diming us, literally; expecting $0.99 for a shirt is ridiculous.

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s360s
Monday, December 15, 2008 @ 1:02:57 PM
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I got my summer estate and clothes for free.

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Arvis
Monday, December 15, 2008 @ 1:11:09 PM
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Well, it's unanimous: Trophies as currency is the smartest choice for both Sony and the gamers. Gamers have and even deeper sense of accomplishment when getting trophies, and Sony pushes more software. Everyone wins.

-Arvis

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noshownogo
Monday, December 15, 2008 @ 1:19:41 PM
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^^co-signed, Ben can you make this happen...:P

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, December 15, 2008 @ 2:39:15 PM

Heh. Unlikely.

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coldbore
Monday, December 15, 2008 @ 1:59:41 PM
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i still cant seem to get home running, i was doing it since the closed beta and then one day, i tried to get in, error... this is upsetting to me. oh well, i'll geuss i'll just have to be patient.

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karneli lll
Monday, December 15, 2008 @ 2:15:43 PM
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Sony seems to be running through a streak of bad decisions, Home has potiential but they need to add stuff soon if they want it to be a system seller,have you seen the club houses? pure dissapointment. At this rate, by the time Home gets updated very few people will care

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Vivi_Gamer
Monday, December 15, 2008 @ 2:51:58 PM
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meh i got bored of HOME after 10 mins. it was impressive but there just wasnt much to do. plus its absurd you have to pay real currency for furninture for your room, anyone that actually does that FAILS!

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pavlovic
Monday, December 15, 2008 @ 3:14:18 PM

Amazing, but I know some people who actually spent their real money in the virtual world, just to look "different"

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K ASH
Monday, December 15, 2008 @ 3:50:26 PM
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As Ben said this only the begining and i am sure sony has some big plans for if they realy want it to be a system seller. They have to be creative and dont forget the hardcore gamers because as home is now its just a social tool.they need to make sure that hardcore gamer spend more time(70-80%) playing games.i think The clubs wil be able to make that possible.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, December 15, 2008 @ 4:08:59 PM
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These are just the big ass bricks at the bottom of the lego tower, things will get better, as for now its just a neat freebie and I'm not about to complain about free stuff.

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Joe_III
Monday, December 15, 2008 @ 4:46:37 PM

This.
You definitely get what you pay for with home...

I would rather see Sony put more efforts into other cooler stuff, like taking screenshots of games on the fly or something...

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karneli lll
Monday, December 15, 2008 @ 5:52:24 PM
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i believe taking screen shots of games was already implemented by sony a few updates back ,all thats left is the devs to put it in their games

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LightShow
Monday, December 15, 2008 @ 5:59:15 PM
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System seller? It's not quite that robust, at least not yet...

if the core remains free, i guess i don't care. What I'd rather see is an MMO for the PS3. THAT would be a system seller for me, depending on the quality of the game of course.

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AntDC
Monday, December 15, 2008 @ 8:00:18 PM
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I think this has the potential to be a system seller in the future with more updates and better moderation, but over the next few months it seems unlikely.

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Jove
Monday, December 15, 2008 @ 8:44:35 PM
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hey i havent been able to try home my ps3 doesnt want to connect to the internet. anyone knows how can i fix this or something?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, December 15, 2008 @ 10:27:22 PM

Basic wired connection:
http://playstation.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/playstation.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=261&p_sid=QQ4NKtlj&p_lva=977

Basic wireless connection:
http://playstation.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/playstation.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=238&p_sid=QQ4NKtlj&p_lva=977

Good luck dude.

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FallenClyro
Monday, December 15, 2008 @ 10:35:56 PM
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Well it's definitely attracting some attention. My sister is really interested in it and thinks it cool and so does my mum!

I think this is good news to hear from Sony because all that means is that they want to develop it even more.

Personally I think it's a great idea for a way to attract girls to the PS3 (I'm not saying that in a sexual way...) because they will obviously be attracted to the social appeal.

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Dingodial
Monday, December 15, 2008 @ 10:41:15 PM
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If Sony wants to benefit any from Playstation Home then they will have to get rid of their crappy PS3 commercials with the silly music and the mysterious guy that doesn't even say a word during the commercial. They should aim for something more educational like the "PLAY B3YOND CAPACITY VIDEO".

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 1:03:55 AM
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Home sell systems? I'll believe it when I see it, but then again Sony works in mysterious ways these days.

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Alienange
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 6:34:14 AM
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Real world currency for virtual clothing?? Wow... we haven't learned a thing from the whole "Horse Armor" fiasco have we?

Fallout 3 FTW !

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dveisalive
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 9:11:46 AM
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Home feels like a sims-rip off to me, anyways the best part about home is the dancing LOL!

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