PlayStation Home v1.3 Detailed, Slated For September
PlayStation Home continues to make great strides - almost on a monthly basis - and one of the biggest updates is just around the corner.
As detailed over at the PlayStation Blog, Home v1.3 will be available next month and this will include universal game launching. This means you'll be able to launch into any PlayStation 3 game while within the Home application; titles that "fully support" this feature (Resistance 2, MotorStorm, Far Cry 2, Street Fighter IV, etc.) "will be identified by separate icons that appear over an avatar's head and will have varying degrees of additional multiplayer functionality built in." Secondly, v1.3 will bring "an in-store item previewing option" that will let you check out how a piece of clothing looks on your character before purchasing. You'll even be able to do this with furniture; i.e., gee, how's that new couch gonna look in my pad...? Oh, but it doesn't end there: we'll get free cameras that will let us snap photos all throughout Home, and you can save any of these pictures to the Photo section on the XMB. More portable objects (like that cool Bubble Machine) will also find their way into this virtual landscape.
Additional upgrades include more emotes for your avatar, new categories of clothing (composite and outfits), plus an optimized targeting system and a new queuing system. You'll even be able to choose your own personalized cache size; pick between 3, 5, 8, and 12GB. Lastly, as announced during Sony's press conference at GamesCom, we'll see the arrival of the new SingStar space, and that thing will come fully equipped with a Video Jukebox (music videos!) and a dance floor. Home continues to grow and expand and v1.3 will once again stretch the limits of our virtual imaginations.
8/19/2009 John Shepard