PlayStation Home Cafe Revealed
PlayStation Home has already grown considerably since its open beta roll-out late last year. We're still waiting on a few additions, but there's already more to do and see than in the first week of the ambitious application's existence. And now, another one is on the way, although we don't have an official announcement or date just yet.
It's the PlayStation Home Cafe, and you can see the screenshot gallery at PS3Fanboy; the pics first showed up at the official PlayStation forums. As you can see, this is an entirely new Space and while it's obviously empty (no virtual bodies can inhabit a space that doesn't even exist in virtual land yet!), we're sure plenty of Home users will want to check it out. We have no idea what this place will feature, but we have to assume it'll be something more besides tables, chairs and food. ...really, the idea of eating virtual food on a video screen only makes us hungry for real food, and will probably force us to put down the controller and turn off the PS3. But there are all sorts of possibilities, and we expect Sony to make the Cafe just as robust as other Home spaces. It's already available on the Asian Home, by the way, so its appearance in North America may be inevitable. More game-themed spaces should be coming soon as well, and of course, we can always use more decorations, clothes and Estates. We'll all become master interior decorators at some point, here.
And just as a reminder, we will always say "open beta" although it's quite possible that Home will remain in this stage forever. Basically, it's just so Sony can continue to alter and add; rather than saying Home is "finalized" and then moving on to update it to Home v1.2 or whatever (we'd end up with Home v37.51 or something). It's just simpler.
1/24/2009 Ben Dutka