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