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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

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Comments (28 posts)

VinTheDean
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 11:11:16 AM
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That is obvious. They can use HOME on the PS4 and PS5.

HOME is an awesome tool for advertising. As long as Sony makes it attractive to Developers, it will succeed.

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Shatterday
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 11:13:45 AM
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I think it would be neat if home was like... the XMB. By that I mean that when you turn on your PS3, you're in your appartment and you can navigate to everything from there. I think that would be neat.

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Qubex
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 11:18:49 AM

My thoughts exactly, however with added menu functionality... similar to the holographic menu projections around your Dead Space avatar... or maybe Minority Report type presentation... why not... with the Playstation Eye amd Cyber Gloves anything is possible!

Q!

"i aM HomE"

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Shatterday
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 11:28:24 AM

Holy crap you're right. I actually just bought Dead Space so I know exactly what you're talking about (It's a great game btw). I think Sony should definitely look into that for a firmware interface update or PS4 functionality.

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coverton341
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 11:48:54 AM

Now you guys are thinking my thoughts for me. lol. Does anyone remember the Playstation 9 commercials? Are we getting closer to something that interactive? I hope so.

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Qubex
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 12:07:14 PM

Yes... it makes sense to go the holographic menu Dead Space/Minority Report style... simply because the XMB is already looking tired...

It is not very impressive any more... HOME needs to evolved quickly too with better environments and holographic on-screen interfacing too... they need to up it again...

If you want people to buy a PS3 because of HOME and the like, it needs to be cutting edge, and the way you navigate around the menu's. HOME environment and everything else needs to be updated...

What is the use of having games like GoW III and Killzone 2, with cutting edge 3D engines that blow the competition away, and then have HOME, with its uninteresting 3D environments, that are bland and look like 2001 tech...

Sony go out and get a decent 3D engine from your 1st party developers... and make a decent/dynamic environment for HOME already!

The PSP can also play a part in EXTENDING HOME functionality... maybe there is something in the PSP4000 then, who knows...

Q!

"i aM hOMe"

Last edited by Qubex on 12/16/2008 12:10:24 PM

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bearbobby
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 3:56:42 PM

The Playstation 9 commercial was brilliant! That's the kind of creative thinking they need for this generation.

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AntDC
Thursday, December 18, 2008 @ 1:01:05 AM

Qubex I think that's a little bit harsh what you said about Homes graphics, I think for an online App that only takes up an initial 77MB install, the graphics are pretty impressive.

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Sir Shak
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 11:52:36 AM
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yeah and an added hovering easy chair !

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Qubex
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 12:11:59 PM

No shak_44, it is what needs to happen to make the PS3 what it should have been... absolutely wow... it needs to push boundaries and not be run of the mill...

PS3 = run of the mill at the moment... with a few good exclusives... just about!

Q!

"i aM hOMe"

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Shatterday
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 12:09:39 PM
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I guess our little discussion goes to show just how versatile Home can be. It can be taken in so many different directions it's kind of startling.

If anyone wants to teach me how to be good at chess, add me. LOL

PSID: Shatterdays

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Qubex
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 12:13:06 PM

Will add you tomorrow Shatterday... my PSID is obvious!

Q!

"i aM hOMe"

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karneli lll
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 12:53:44 PM
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hold up,i looked for chess in home and even asked around,no one seemed to know

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Ed_Wayne
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 12:58:33 PM

In the mall.

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www
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 1:26:47 PM

Chess is in the home square near the draughts.

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karneli lll
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 1:14:39 PM
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arigato

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www
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 1:34:57 PM
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Home is great but Sony need to fix the connection problems.

BTW, EUROGAMER to me i think are the world's most BIAS site ever in gamin history,they should make it into the Guinness Records.They keep on bashin ps3 any least opportunity,they wrote an article on HOME n i mean......there were no merits just demerits.Am associated with the EU thus i usually visit Eurogamer but i just can't take dis constant fanboyism from the site! Lord have Mercy.

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Sir Shak
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 1:50:34 PM
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Qubex the whole point of the XMB is its simplicity . just how easy it is for a new owner to understand the functionality .
the NXE is being criticised for making things more complicated in order to look flashier . plus how can you make HOME the main interface when its not available in many regions including mine?

Last edited by Sir Shak on 12/16/2008 1:51:59 PM

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Shatterday
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 2:38:14 PM

You're not thinking about the future. Home will be available in all regions one day I'm sure. I like to think that everything will follow globalization eventually. It's definitely a possibility. I'm sorry you can't participate in Home man. That sucks.

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www
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 4:43:08 PM

Shak_44, u culd try using ur relative's address in either the US,Uk or any listed states in the PSN sign-up n u shuld be able to join,don't get left out,believe me it works!
Hope u're usin broadband btw.

Last edited by www on 12/16/2008 4:44:08 PM

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jerocarson
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 1:56:30 PM
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ve not tested home yet

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 2:05:45 PM
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Just tell me when I can sock jerks in the face :)

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Shatterday
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 2:36:56 PM

Jerk and sock shouldn't be used in the same sentance!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 3:59:32 PM

LOL

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Joe_III
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 5:42:51 PM
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"not limited to"? More like "not extended to"

am Hating home and haven't even gotten in yet...

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Arvis
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 @ 1:10:50 PM

Even if it is still called "Home" it will be wildly different by the time the PS4 comes out...

-Arvis

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QuasarSquirrel
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 8:08:16 PM
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I'll be a little surprised if Home outlives the PS3 frankly. I would have rather Sony spent the time adding more functionality and bandwidth to the PSN (yes, I know its a huge corporation and can multitask, but still...) The one caveat I'll add is that I'm not big into the random virtual socialization anyway, so maybe Home shouldn't appeal to me. I'll have to check out the clubhouse my gaming community set up, maybe that would be more fun.

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shaydey77
Thursday, December 18, 2008 @ 11:44:05 AM
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HOME is very bland atm..i mean we have..chess,draughts and bowling..im still looking for something to make me go WOW..especially after such a wait...Ill just keep waiting..

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