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Sony Clarifies: PlayStation Home Remains A Top Priority

Sometimes, people get misquoted. It has been known to happen and when it does, we journalists really need to issue an appropriate correction.

Recently, Edge reported on a speech Sony's PlayStation Home director Pete Edwards gave at the London Games Conference, and the quote in question was- "It's been a long road. We've proved there is a market out there and we've got a lot of people that spend a lot of time in [Home]. It's not a priority right now but there is a business model there." Obviously, it's that last sentence that caught everyone's eye and ear, which quickly translated to articles talking about how Sony doesn't consider their ambitious virtual social service to be a "priority," anymore. But a Sony representative has clarified the situation in the official PlayStation forums:

"Allow me to put your minds at ease about this recent press. The coverage of what Pete Edwards said at the London Games Conference was not only a misquote, it was a misreprentation of what he actually said. Edwards was saying that monetizing Home was not as big a priority as building a great platform, with a compelling environment and a strong community.

Home is still a top priority for Sony and will continue to release quality content and provide a positive experience to our users. And yes, we will continue working on fixing bugs, login problems, and other user issues."

So let's not get all carried away with the idea that Sony doesn't consider Home to be important; the next step on that ladder of misinformation is to assume they're just abandoning the service (we were probably days away from those reactionary articles). So yeah, it's good that we have this clarification.

10/30/2009 9:03:26 PM John Shepard

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Comments (18 posts)

NightHawk17
Friday, October 30, 2009 @ 9:58:03 PM
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I imagine it would, i mean they're throwing parties every now and then, adding new spaces frequently, and making new partners for Home.

FYI: theres gonna be a halloween home party tonight in the central plaza at 11:59 pm est(8:59 pm pst)

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JMO_INDY
Friday, October 30, 2009 @ 10:04:07 PM

I'll be there, look for justin2mo, not sure about my costume yet,but yeah Home is a huge staple point for Sony, it is a great way to advertise new games and just have fun, and thats a great way to put money in there pockets in a non-malicious and intimidating manner.

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Random_Steve
Saturday, October 31, 2009 @ 5:36:54 PM

or u go to a real party...

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JMO_INDY
Saturday, October 31, 2009 @ 5:55:46 PM

But then you have to have friends in real life, and an actual invitation, I just dont want to go through the hassle. HAHA

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, October 30, 2009 @ 10:40:55 PM
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Set up a ring where I can fight people to the death and maybe I'll be back.

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tes37
Friday, October 30, 2009 @ 11:52:06 PM

That's my line of thinking. Like, voice chat should come back with a curse word filter. If someone curses you and the software detects it, you get to bi*chslap that person in front of his friends and they get banned for a month.

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Banky A
Saturday, October 31, 2009 @ 5:32:45 AM

World that would be stupid.
You'd always win.

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___________
Saturday, October 31, 2009 @ 12:11:52 AM
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zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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Zemus101
Saturday, October 31, 2009 @ 12:51:20 AM
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That's a pretty stupid thing to misquote. At first when I was reading it I was very confused why anyone would get upset about Sony saying that monetising Home wasn't a priority. Then read further ...and then read back again. What the heck people... any excuse to make Sony look bad I guess :P I dunno

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www
Saturday, October 31, 2009 @ 5:19:02 AM
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We need Home, where else do we stay...

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Banky A
Saturday, October 31, 2009 @ 5:33:25 AM

Hotel?

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___________
Saturday, October 31, 2009 @ 8:00:13 AM

no brothel ;)

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Banky A
Saturday, October 31, 2009 @ 5:33:05 AM
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Yay.

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Qubex
Saturday, October 31, 2009 @ 7:01:57 AM
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The problem is HOME will never reach its full potential; simply because Sony keeps it "locked down". It needs to be opened up to permit community members to create spaces and built it up into a real integrated 3D world rather than simply going from one individual space to another. I know technically there are issues; but I just find HOME restrictive to some degree.

I think when you are used to the type of game worlds that are being produced now for commercial games a little bit of me wished HOME was as advanced as what we experience in games today. HOME would be perfect with an Uncharted 2 type of engine I think with more stuff to do in it...

Q!

"i am home"

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JackC8
Saturday, October 31, 2009 @ 8:38:37 AM
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Journalists just love to take something out of context and run with it. It's all about making a name for themselves, even if they're misleading all their readers.

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Beamboom
Saturday, October 31, 2009 @ 3:50:04 PM
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I can't believe that a huge company like Sony *really* has a "high priority" on developing Home. I mean, just look at it... It could just as well have been some flash-based webchat with user avatars. I honestly don't understand why it's there in the first place. What's it's purpose? Why do people use it? What do they use it for?

(yeah yeah - thumb me down. I'm grown used to it by now. ;) )

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Random_Steve
Saturday, October 31, 2009 @ 5:37:29 PM

truer words have never been spoken

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Juanalf
Sunday, November 01, 2009 @ 12:46:49 AM

Lots of people use it and Sony is getting money from the users who buy virtual stuff.Don't worry about everyone else; if you don't like than that's you.

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