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PlayStation Home 1.04 Update Temporarily Disables Voice Chat

PlayStation Home is off and running...well, it's off, anyway. Sony is working to resolve the more crippling technical issues that have plagued the promising experience since the open beta launched, and the latest update comes tonight.

This patch updates Home from ver. 1.03 to ver. 1.04 and Sony needs to bring the service down for maintenance to perform the update. It will start at midnight (PST) tonight and according to the official PlayStation blog, they expect it to last 6 hours. You won't be able to access Home during this time frame, but this isn't the issue that's disappointing users: once you have updated to 1.04, you will no longer be able to utilize voice chat. This feature will be "temporarily suspended" because it will release some of the immense pressure on Sony's servers, as pointed out by PS3Fanboy. In the meantime, Sony recommends using the new wireless keypad or a USB or Bluetooth-enabled keyboard. This is a setback, to be sure, but Sony assures us this is only temporary and they will have voice chat back as soon as they're done making the necessary adjustments to the servers. After all, there was such an insane level of demand for Home over the past week or so...it should come as no surprise that the servers would suffer. At least Sony is on top of things, right?

Home will only continue to grow with time, and while we've already had fun with Saucer Pop and entertained ourselves by visiting the Bowling Alley and the Mall, we know it has a long ways to go. This is only the first step of many to come.

12/18/2008 Ben Dutka

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GoldenShadow
Thursday, December 18, 2008 @ 9:43:28 PM
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Vast potential for the win.

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WaR_HaWk
Thursday, December 18, 2008 @ 10:13:11 PM
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i still cant connect to it. i get lost connection to server error.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, December 18, 2008 @ 10:14:02 PM
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I couldn't load any places outside of the square anyway, update away Sony!

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Deathstriker
Thursday, December 18, 2008 @ 10:38:41 PM
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Lol I connect on the second try my guess is sonys ip logging doesnt save to well so you gotta log on once it will fail but log again right after you failed and you get right in.

Home is tight as it is...Just I have no money I look like a punk rocker that was at a 4-5 day mash pit...

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Reccaman18
Thursday, December 18, 2008 @ 10:48:42 PM
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They just need to take it in baby steps. No need to go out of the way to make anything extravagant at this point.

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Qubex
Thursday, December 18, 2008 @ 11:03:33 PM
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My honest opinion on the matter is that Sony has completely and utterly underestimated the huge resources needed to run such an online game... we are talking of a hundreds or thousands of people online at the same time in the future. For me though it does seem unprofessional to some degree... but yes, thank goodness Sony are on top of this.

We will have to see exactly what they do in the future to stabilise the system; but it will no doubt require a lot more work...

I checked last night for the Red Bull space, but alas it was left out of the update... they have more pressing issues to fix the platform mi thinks!

Q!

"i aM hOMe"

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Tatsujin
Friday, December 19, 2008 @ 7:37:26 AM

LOL! You're unproffesional. Home is not a game. I am pretty sure Sony is taking the best steps to resolve some of the worst issues first. I, for one, think that Sony should go ahead and do whatever they need to. After all, WE are the ones that will be benefiting from all the updates, not Sony.

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GamerKid123
Friday, December 19, 2008 @ 12:57:05 PM

A bit over the top there Tatsujin...

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somethingrandom
Friday, December 19, 2008 @ 6:19:52 PM

Home is a game actually. When you start it up it says "This game uses an autosave feature..." or something to that tune, so technically it's a game.

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Kiengo
Thursday, December 18, 2008 @ 11:23:14 PM
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The voice feature will need a lot of tweaking; dumb people are easily able to abuse it the way it is now.

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www
Friday, December 19, 2008 @ 4:46:20 AM
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I've not been to Home in a while cause am still downloading Bioshock for my high spec laptop,am not really a pc-gamin dude but dis site's admin strongly recommends it.I just didn't want to spend cash on some old port.

BTW Home is great,very hilarious,sum ppl like to get nasty,racy,sarcastic,stalk,fruity wat have u?
Wonder if Sony monitors these behaviours.

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DigitalStorm
Friday, December 19, 2008 @ 5:45:26 AM
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Home v1.04

Update: remove functionality.

err. nice one.

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Tatsujin
Friday, December 19, 2008 @ 7:38:47 AM

? Nice job not adding in the major tweaks and bug fixes. Arn't we the smart ones?

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DigitalStorm
Friday, December 19, 2008 @ 8:24:15 AM

Major tweaks - contradiction in terms.

Bug fixes? What, still not connecting?

Yeah - pretty smart compared to you.

I might change my opinion of thsi software in a years time, but defintely not now.

tbh it's pretty rubbish even for a beta, just compare it to KZ2.

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somethingrandom
Friday, December 19, 2008 @ 6:29:17 PM

YOU SERIOUSLY THINK THEY ARE REMOVING THE EXPERIENCE BY TAKING AWAY VOICE CHAT TEMPORARILY? The only thing that EVER happened over voice chat was some douchebag saying random swears and insulting people. The only way this is removing from the experience is if you are one of those douchebags.

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PS3_Wizard
Friday, December 19, 2008 @ 8:32:52 AM
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I agree with digitalstorm, and tatsujin needs to shutup. First you have a problem with Qubex's remark, now you have to start things with DigitalStorm. What they say is THEIR opinion (The "their" implies owner ship, as opposed to "there" talking about location. Just need to make sure your GENIUS knows the difference.) Yeah I love the Sony camp to, but to totally disregard the problems with home right now is pure fanboyism.

I play home almost everyday, only to see if anything new was added. In MY OPINION, Sony should have delayed the product a few more months to add more features. There is too little to do, with too many to satisfy. Good luck trying to bowl or play chess...

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TH3G4MEMASTER
Friday, December 19, 2008 @ 9:08:52 AM
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my ps home beta doesnt even work!!!!!!!!!!!
it just says after signing in and stuff "error occured when downloading the content

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DigitalStorm
Friday, December 19, 2008 @ 9:18:05 AM

you're not missing anything of note at the mo - try again in a month when they've applied some 'major tweaks'

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shaydey77
Friday, December 19, 2008 @ 10:35:06 AM
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They couldnt possibly have delayed it anymore!! Its just something to get started with. as for the voice thing that is kinda annoying but at the same time..one step back and two steps forward.

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GamerKid123
Friday, December 19, 2008 @ 12:59:21 PM
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I can ACTUALLY get in! It's AWESOME!!!
I disregard all of your petty squables, they just need to add more content.

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Sentinel
Friday, December 19, 2008 @ 1:55:45 PM
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Home is the beginnings of a truly awesome feature. A few bugs in the beginning is no big deal and, in my opinion, shouldn't deter anyone from enjoying it especially as the content is added. Sony may have been slow to the punch, but they took their time to investigate what works.

I think, from everything I've seen so far, they have laid out a great foundation and did a good job of picking and choosing what is already working.

Stuff like people being jerks and abusing voice will get worked out pretty quickly I think.

Sentinel

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DigitalStorm
Monday, December 22, 2008 @ 9:21:19 AM
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some choice excerpts from the above posts...

<i>Stuff like people being jerks and abusing voice will get worked out pretty quickly I think. </i> On what basis do you found this opinion, like leopards change their spots?

<i>Home is a game actually. When you start it up it says "This game uses an autosave feature..." or something to that tune, so technically it's a game. </i> so technically it's a retard.


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mk ultra
Monday, December 22, 2008 @ 11:49:11 AM
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I feel they did this to sell more of those mini keyboards that connect to your controller. There are adds all over Home for them.

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