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PlayStation Cloud Rumor Hits: A Social Service Like Facebook?

Well, this rumor ought to turn some heads. Personally, it sounds just a touch creepy but I imagine the gadget-loving, "I don't care if constant communication translates to a lesser quality of communication" crowd will love it.

So here's the deal: evidently, Sony has patented the name "PlayStation Cloud," and although nobody knows exactly what it is, European site PS3Hype may have stumbled across some early information. We could break it down for you, but it's probably best if you just read it straight from the supposed source and make your own decision as to whether or not it's bogus:

"Someone from SCEA consumer services told me something interesting. I recently called Sony's consumer services to complain to them about the lack of features, hoping they would forward it to the right people. The guy I talked to was like he had no idea if they are getting those features however he said that he has an orientation sometime next week for a new service with new features called PlayStation Cloud, he said that all he knows about it is what his manager had told him and that was that it will be something similar to FaceBook where you'll have a News Feed thing that will say all the things you've done or friends have done on PlayStation Network like your friend just played this and unlocked this trophy, changed his avatar or reached this level. He also said that there might be a lot of more public features because his manager told him that SCEA Corporate told his manager that they are looking for people within consumer services to become moderators for some of the features that will be in PlayStation Cloud. He said his manager doesn't know much about it, just that Sony wants to make PlayStation Network become more social."

Like I said earlier, I'm not sure I want people knowing exactly what I'm doing at all times (even if they are friends and it's just game-related). On the other hand, it seems the generation just after mine seems enamored with such services, and it's probably a good idea. It may be considered an off-shoot of PlayStation Home or something, and there's no doubt it would bring gamers closer in a virtual sense. Hopefully, Sony will clear the air soon... (is that a pun or not?)

6/21/2009 Ben Dutka

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Comments (46 posts)

Soultaker
Sunday, June 21, 2009 @ 9:33:46 PM
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I myself really don't care as long as it doesnt say something like what website or something your visiting when your using the browser lol because I'd feel like I have no personal space or something. I mean if im looking at cloths or looking at alot of rave type stuff or something like that.

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kevinater321
Sunday, June 21, 2009 @ 10:43:02 PM

mhmm of course....it's the cloths....

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Orvisman
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 9:11:56 AM

... and not the porn ...

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Soultaker
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 9:49:07 AM

hey hey now keep it G rated here :D and hey even if I were looking at porn why would I want someone else knowing what I was doing hmmm? lol

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Arvis
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 11:57:12 AM

*laughs*

"Soultaker is: abusing himself."

Yeah, I can see how something like that might be a problem...

-Arvis

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Bo0mKiiD
Sunday, June 21, 2009 @ 10:11:54 PM
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This should be interesting. Sony's pulling out some tricks.

Last edited by Bo0mKiiD on 6/21/2009 10:12:15 PM

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Cpt_Geez
Sunday, June 21, 2009 @ 10:21:01 PM
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I'm with you ben it sounds creepy. If II want to communicate with someone Ill send them a text or use the home service. I'm not into facebook myspace and etc, but II mess wit aim heavy.

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Swim_Irr
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 3:05:10 AM

What's up with the double "I"

???

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jmo_INDY_Repub
Sunday, June 21, 2009 @ 10:35:27 PM
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it sounds cool and mysterious, maybe it's Kojima's final announcement, ehhh... i don't know.

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jmo_INDY_Repub
Sunday, June 21, 2009 @ 10:47:06 PM
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maybe they call it cloud because you're always watching over people.

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Qubex
Sunday, June 21, 2009 @ 11:19:36 PM
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Actually, I am not surprised by this. In essence when you log into PlayStation.com with your PSN details you are seeing a rudimentary version of this service anyway. You can see your information as well as seeing who is online at that same moment.

This expands this concept to something more complete. I feel it was a necessary step; the only thing is that PlayStation Cloud and Home should really be more integrated in the long run. It is not just a Facebook/Twitter type view and feed system, but more on what is happening in Home too.

Anyway, let us see how it all progresses down the road... Sony are slowly getting it together, even though to many people it seems a little "adhoc" in nature...

Q!

"i am home"

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infekt
Sunday, June 21, 2009 @ 11:21:26 PM
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Yeah. A little daunting for us old-timers. But I see myself resisting it in the begining and falling head over heels for it (as long as DARPA doesn't fund it). Lol.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, June 21, 2009 @ 11:21:33 PM
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Well I don't have a problem with making stuff more social, I doubt it will be mandatory to fill all that stuff out.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Sunday, June 21, 2009 @ 11:21:49 PM
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Well I'd rather a type of communication thing than what other people are saying, a new thing like...crud I forgot what it was called. OnLive or whatever? That little thing that's supposed to stream your games from a server and blah blah so no console and only a controller? so yeah..

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XmetalholicX
Sunday, June 21, 2009 @ 11:40:51 PM
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If you ask me, this seems to be what PSN needed to provide to get to the point of being 100% = to Xbox Live....and the fact that it would be free really put it above......as long as it includes like a party chat like XBL's new dashboard.

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Deleted User
Sunday, June 21, 2009 @ 11:45:40 PM
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Sounds cool. I'm not into online social communities, but I'm sure it could attract a lot of people if they do it right.

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Bardock617
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 12:20:26 AM
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mm sounds odd to me. lets hear what sony says

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MRSUCCESS
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 12:37:13 AM
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I really don't care what my friends are doing, what they have unlocked or what trophies they obtained. What I care about is gaming, playing with and against others online and in offline games enjoying the story and the gameplay.

Give me that time and time again and I'm sure it'll make the majority content.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 12:41:31 AM

I think the idea would be to spark competition between friends, meet gamers, etc.

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Alienange
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 3:10:14 PM

He doesn't care what his friends are doing. Wow that's rough. Friends, take note.

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Kangasfwa
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 12:38:54 AM
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. . . ?

What about Home?

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www
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 6:38:06 AM

Exactly!

I'm surprised people don't see the potential of HOME. In my eyes HOME is vastly advanced than Facebook.

How do you meet new people in Facebook?
You have to add first, and how the heck is the person you don't know supposed to accept your add.
This is where HOME shines, you approach anybody with your virtual avatar, get to know'em before you add.

I see Facebook as a big ol' RE-UNION. You keep looking at pics and updates of same ol' friends you know from way back.

While HOME is more of meeting new people all over the world and at the same time can be a re-union of old friends.

HOME is not common to the average non-gamer. If everyone else had a PS3 instead of a PC,trust me HOME will be the biggest thing.

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BikerSaint
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 12:48:37 AM
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Well, if they do this, then I want the option to turn it off cause I don't want any cloud hanging over my head.

I see it as shades of....Big Brother is watching

"Your papers please"!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 12:48:48 AM
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Sounds like Playfire.

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Alienange
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 3:11:39 PM

One could only hope.

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phantomMenace
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 12:50:38 AM
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Im not a Facebook or Myspace kinda guy but this sounds pretty cool. If its integrated into home/xmb and is always running I would like it. My friends and I are pretty competitive when it comes to things like trophies so I think it would make it all that more interesting and a little easier. MAYBE it will come with a new chat system.

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Masterofallz
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 1:05:46 AM
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I hope not.

I am sorry for anyone who wants this to be a social thing - But we have Home for that.

"Playstation CLOUD" As in, cloud gaming? Maybe?

Onlive is cloud gaming, and I think the PSC is Sony's way of competiting with Onlive. All they have to do is run the graphics from a server and bam. Thers your cloud gaming.

Please oh please dont be a social networking thing.

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jaybiv
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 2:16:21 AM
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Interesting rumor if you will. I like the concept though.

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AntDC
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 5:35:57 AM
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Wouldn't this have a negative effect on Home? Like some people not bothering to login cause they can interact easily out of it as well?

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hald
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 6:23:12 AM
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I think that Playstation Cloud is a great idea.
Not as a standalone-service but integrated with home.
I can't remember who said this a couple of weeks ago but the thought of logging in to home as your startout point from where you choose game, video etc. would be great.
Then "cloud" could be this hologram screen on the wall where everything about your friends is popping up.

My personal meaning about sony, though is a little like.. "ahhm.."
They keep developing services, but I don't feel like they will ever integrate to each other.

You have the PSN on the computer, PSN on ps3, home and now Cloud (though its still a roumor) + a lot more I just cant name right now.

Why don't they integrate all this into the playstation and make the Playstation-lifestyle work ON the playstation?

I mean: News about the playstation should primarily be distributed through the console.
Blogging could also work there. And if people think they dont want to buy a keypad for the sixaxis/ds3 then blog on a computer and still it would be updated at the console.

This post is becoming long. So I better stop before I am repeating myself. :)

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Qubex
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 9:05:59 PM

Hi Hald; I suggested this idea for closer integration of Home and XMB a few weeks ago in quite a long post, including the ability to project relevant information on your apartment wall etc. I tried to find that post of mine which had quite a bit of information, in case you may have wanted to refer back to it; but I couldn't unfortunately.

Yes, there is still work Sony needs to do to tie everything together. It feels "Ad-Hoc" to some degree, but it is coming together slowly.

Q!

"i am home

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GGCAN
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 6:45:50 AM
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Some of the games actually have this feature in them already.

I know Zen pinball, LBP, Burnout and a few other games mention how the other people and your friends are doing in the game.

I really don't mind, as long as it's nothing relating to really personnal info.

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Mr Bitey
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 9:57:19 AM
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I hope "Cloud" is a reference to Final Fantasy VII...

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kevinater321
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 9:57:48 AM
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I really think it is a great idea, it will broaden the audiences of the playstation to soccer mom's who want to meet up with there old buddy's from high school that was 30 years ago xD

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somethingrandom
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 11:07:58 PM

not many soccer moms are 50 years old...

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Robochic
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 10:01:41 AM
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Could be interesting, if they are doing it rather them do their own then pay facebook or twitter for it like M$ did, we'll see what Sony says.

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TGG
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 10:15:00 AM
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This actually seems like a good idea.

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tlpn99
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 10:21:39 AM
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The idea of being more social and friendly is great everyone else seems to be going this way MS with Facebook etc

Why was nothing mentioned of this at E3 ?

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somethingrandom
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 11:09:44 PM

Facebook isn't Microsoft.

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Jian2069
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 11:32:37 AM
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this seems interesting
can't wait
i like the news feed idea

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Vivi_Gamer
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 12:21:39 PM
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Facebook is a sin, How people think they're cool using it, its possibly one of the geekiest phases i've ever seen. BAN IT!

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Highlander
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 1:12:24 PM
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Burnout Paradise already sort of does this as your friends list is used to generate ticker headlines across your screen as the game updates any new fast times or showtime records that your friends have done. Zen Pinball aso does this, again for achievements within the game only. If you could push this information out of the game into something that the PS3 itself updates for you and offers as a feed to your friends list, I can see this being another RSS like pane on the XMB, and a news feed of some kind in the Home environment.

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Alienange
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 3:18:54 PM
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I check my friends trophies all the time. Having a more facebook kind of feed could be very awesome if done right. Hopefully it includes being able to check friends activities using a pc as well. I like the online psn site, but not being able to show it to someone else is kinda pointless.

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CaptRon
Monday, June 22, 2009 @ 4:07:34 PM
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that's kinda cool. it will prob be like steam or something of that sort and you could put a pic up maybe? It sounds alright with me, just along that sh*t is free.

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newchef
Tuesday, June 23, 2009 @ 1:47:09 PM
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now i think its important to not foretget that this is all just some sketchy rumours so it could, for all we now, be a new name for home(hopefully not), but if it is as they say i wouldnt rly care all tht much i ont have many friends who actually have ps3's theyre all xbox fanboys...

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, June 23, 2009 @ 7:33:47 PM
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The PlayStation Cloud Rumor "Gets Busted"
June 22, 2009

http://ps3.ign.com/articles/996/996837p1.html

Internet message boards, including IGN's, are buzzing about the possible reality of PlayStation Cloud, a PlayStation Network portal that collects your saves, stats, and trophies for the world to see.

Usually, these rumors come and go without much happening, but this poster -- originally on a Game Trailers message board -- included a photo with his leak.

According to the post, PlayStation Cloud would be launched sometime this summer and allow you to access save data from any PS3, take in-game screenshots, and upload video to YouTube.

Sony, via Social Media Manager Jeff Rubenstein, whose PSN ID appears in the image, says that info is bogus.
"This 'mockup' is pure conjecture," Rubenstein said.
"This is 100 percent fake."

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