Home Not Limited To PS3 Lifespan
We've all been talking about PlayStation Home, and how it may become a major appeal of the PlayStation 3. But have you realized that Home most certainly won't die when the current PlayStation reaches the end of its lifespan...?
As you should've guessed by now, Sony is very intent on focusing on Home and making it the revolutionary online social community we all know it can be, but it'll take time. Everyone acknowledges this. Hence, it should come as no surprise when Sony reveals their expectations for a very long Home life, as evidenced by SCEE Home service manager Dan Hill in a recent interview with CVG. He said:
"Home is a brand-new service and no-one else is doing anything of this scale or ambition. Its potential is almost limitless in terms of where it could go. We see it as having a very long and fruitful life."
Although he doesn't state specifically that Home will continue past the PS3, it's most certainly implied, and we believe that Sony never once tied the PS3's life cycle to Home. No, they're intent on making this a very big deal for many years to come, and that should include the PS4 and/or any other gaming platform they decide to produce. In regards to crossover plans for the PSP, Hill had this to say:
"We're looking at possible future directions for the service, but at the moment we're focusing on making Home as good as it can be, and getting content, activities and spaces into the service that are genuinely going to add something to the PlayStation experience, and make it a very special place for our community."
This is a service that has a long ways to go, but should continue to make big strides over the next year. Sony obviously considers Home to be a global phenomenon that isn't restricted by something as trivial as a console's generational lifespan, so think of it this way: whenever you see the "PlayStation" logo on a home console in the future, you should always be able to go Home with it.
12/16/2008 Ben Dutka