Sony Launches PlayStation Home (Finally!)

Posted by: Kenji Hall on December 10

This just in: After pushing back the launch date by more than a year, Sony’s video game division plans to release PlayStation Home, an online 3-D social networking service, on Dec. 11. Like Linden Labs’ Second Life, Home will let users interact with others through their own computer-generated characters in a virtual setting.

Sony is counting on Home to improve the fortunes of its struggling video games unit. The unit, which is in charge of the PlayStation 3 business, has been a huge drag on earnings, losing roughly $3.8 billion over the past two years. Credit Suisse has predicted that Sony’s gaming unit could eke out a profit this year, but that’s less than certain in the face of a long recession and an unfavorably strong Japanese yen.

Sony officials say they don’t expect an immediate payoff from Home. Their plan is to offer Home as a free software download to all PS3 users, and to charge gaming companies and other brands to create shops, sell goods, host events and advertise. “We think that Home will increase the opportunities for gamers to find each other,” says Ryoji Akagawa, Home senior producer. “That, in turn, will increase the total number of people playing games, which is a key mission for us.”

Home marks the latest phase of a rollout of online services for the PlayStation 3. Recently, Sony added video downloads to the PlayStation Network, which, according to Sony, has attracted 15 million subscribers worldwide. But rival Microsoft still has the lead in offering a full range of online gaming and video-download services, and Nintendo is tops in game console sales. In October, market researcher NPD said Sony sold just 190,000 PS3s in the U.S., compared to 803,210 Nintendo Wii consoles and 371,000 Microsoft Xbox machines. (Since the PS3’s release in November 2006, Sony had sold more than 16.8 million units globally. Nintendo launched its Wii that same month but has sold 34.5 million units.)

It’s unclear what impact the delays will have on Home. The original plan was to have Home ready by autumn 2007. Sony Computer Entertainment chief Kaz Hirai announced the first delay in October, 2007. The company had expected Home to be ready by April of this year, but instead announced another delay. In late August, the company started inviting a limited number of users for a trial.

Sony asked for feedback to fine-tune the service before making it available to a broader audience. Among the things they learned: Japanese users complained that the virtual characters, or avatars, looked too Western. Home’s programmers also changed the appearance of options menus and added voice chat features. And they built in security measures so parents could prevent their children from visiting certain areas and gamers could report cyberstalkers.

One thing that could frustrate gamers: Though PlayStation Network lets gamers compete against anyone around the world, Home users who log on in the U.S. won’t be able to interact with users in Japan, other parts of Asia or Europe. Sony did that to avoid the cross-border legal issues, says Junji Shoda, who is in charge of Home's business strategy.

The beauty of Home is that it’s constantly evolving. Sony officials are already considering new features that will make Home more like social networks like Facebook and MySpace. In time, Home users will be able to post links to outside Web sites or upload photos for others to see. Want your avatar to eat or drink? That’s not possible now but it might get programmed in later, says Sony’s Akagawa. With so many features, though, could Home distract gamers from playing games? “We don’t really worry about that,” says Shoda.

Reader Comments

HOME is LAME!

December 10, 2008 01:50 PM

perfect example of why I no longer buy PS consoles and have switched over to microsoft's xbox. PS is way overpriced and come out with by far the worst possible games. besides that...what is the point in 'HOME'?? i believe the creators of HOME should be laid off not loyal employees who actually make productive games and contributions.

Steve

December 10, 2008 01:52 PM

Sounds alright, I guess. I'd like it to be available for PSP and I'd like to be able to interact with people outside of the US. Until then, it's a big whatever on my end.

Dockwatcher

December 10, 2008 02:16 PM

A little too late for Sony. Sony needs to concentrate on better game play rather than this cyber world. With long delays in the launching of home, many gamers now yawn when Home is mentioned. Big deal Sony. You just laid off 8000 people because your stuff doesn't sell, wake up and smell the processors. Your system is great market that and develope some outstanding games.

The Shermanator

December 10, 2008 02:34 PM

The PS3 Home better be good, the current ps3 social setting sucks.

Martin

December 10, 2008 02:57 PM

Gee I really don't care about Home. I'll look at it and maybe create a character but I don't see me using it much.

I don't understand why Sony is making this such a high importance? It's just not that big a deal. The only thing I applaud them for is holding off and polishing it a bit.

Walt

December 10, 2008 03:14 PM

Sony's problem with the game division started with the delay of the release of the PS3 itself.

If I remember correctly, there were about 15 games, by various game makers, ready for PS3 console play. A majority of the games were exclusive to the PS3. When the release was delayed some of those games were converted and went exclusive Xbox (see Ace Combat 6).

These games were some of the systems most awaited games. So, when the games went over to Xbox exclusive... Well, that pretty obvious what happened.

jimmy

December 10, 2008 03:57 PM

yawn...

Timmy

December 10, 2008 04:43 PM

Interesting, I'll try it. I enjoy my ps3, i wouldnt trade it for an xbox. The reason the xbox has more games is because it was out over a year longer than the ps3, because Sony didnt want what happened to Microsoft, to happen to them. In fact, the 360 STILL has problems, while the ps3 does not. And people saying the ps4 is "over priced", currently the 360 and ps3 are the SAME PRICE, and with the ps3, you get internet for free, so you save more money in the long run with the ps3 anyway. :) So yay sony, keep it going.

Muffins the Mutton of Doom

December 10, 2008 04:49 PM

yeah..........
I was interested in this somewhat earlier but now it just doesn't really seem all that special, its not going to get me to buy a ps3, i currently have a xbox 360 and i am extremely happy with the games and the community, the only real reason for me to be interested was the avatars, and now microsoft has that 2..... so yeah.... and home won't solve the ps3's game problem, so good bye sony.... i once respected u.... maybe instead of still allowing games for your ps2 u should start focusing on your new system....

Harry Balzonya

December 10, 2008 04:55 PM

I SH*T ON ALL YOU XBOX FANBOY HATERS!!!! PPFFRRTT!!!

Reecey128

December 10, 2008 05:41 PM

I cant wait untill to morrow. when it first comes out i will be on it all day. i dont now about you but sony will make alot of money from doing this. I just hope it's as good as every one else is saying

timmay!!!

December 10, 2008 05:52 PM

@timmy

you are nothing but a fanboy, you should get your facts straight before you spout off fanboyisms. The xbox is way cheaper than the sony ps3, open your eyes and shop around, as for getting internet for free... well first of all you have to pay for internet, sony does not supply it...and comparing sony's lame online to xbox live is apples to oranges, if you are so cheap that you dont want to pay 5 bucks a month for a superior online experience you get what you deserve with sony

PS3 Discouragers S*ck!!

December 10, 2008 06:14 PM

Ps3 is the best console that the xbox owners is so jealous of, that is why some lame guy complain on Home in ps3. Ps3 is overpriced because it doesn't have hidden prices like wifi adapter, network charges. After all, its has the most powerful processor in gaming consoles. So it doesn't matter that games suck, because games are the future, they are going to come up with the most extraordinary games in the future. Hail Sony!!!

PS3&XBOXfan

December 10, 2008 06:19 PM

Looks like a lot of xbots and unnotified PS3 fanboys on here. Home is awesome, but not a game and you have no social life if you play games other than this OR play Home instead of getting outside. Still a lose-lose situation on HOme.

Mateyo

December 10, 2008 06:35 PM

XBOX AND MICROSOFT SUCK

ALMO1220

December 10, 2008 06:42 PM

i think the x-box is cool and all but on the hand of it being i am a socom fan so if you guys didnt know i try the home beta on my brother ps3 and i think it was a good thing 2 do on there behalf the thing with home is you can meet more peple and add them and find out what games they have and it will be a cool thing just for them to hang out at when they dont want to play games i use to be a x-box fan but sorry it dont have nuffing on the ps3 ps3 4 LIFE

cj

December 10, 2008 07:17 PM

I think HOME will signal the death of xbox 360 an its outdated technology!it just cant compete plus the giant controller are sh*te thats why i gave mine away piece of crap!

DH

December 10, 2008 07:28 PM

i agree with most ppl on here... home is of little or no consequence to me: why would we do social networking on here when ALL the chicks are on facebook/myspace. clearly this was developed and over-emphasized by gays and virgins.

MAKE SOME GOOD GAMES FOR THE LOVE OF GOD

Tyren

December 10, 2008 07:33 PM

I am as excited to use PSHome as I was when I first heard about it a year and a half ago. I don't care what other consoles have or don't have, sales or community, I have a PS3 and playstation home is going to bulster the already beautiful attributes my PS3 already has.

had 360/now PS3

December 10, 2008 07:40 PM

For an honest comparison from experience... I bought the Xbox360 when it first came out and had mailed it back for repair less than 2 months later. They had it for about a month and ended up sending me a refurbished unit to replace it. That one worked for about another month until i had to send in again for repair. Same process. Then it happened again, and again, and once again... I'm not even including the customer service nightmares I had each time. If your keeping track, I finally sold the 6th refurbished xbox360 to my local game trader and bought a PS3... 1 year later, 0 problems with PS3 ....absolutly none. Sony as a company knows how to build a quality product... The problem is, kids want that product now now now. I have no doubt that with the release of Home and other upcoming exclusives, Sony gaming will be profitable, even in this recession.

yo mom

December 10, 2008 08:02 PM

dudes xbox sucks monkey scrotem and this new download will reach out to more people

Guevos Grandotes con pelo

December 10, 2008 08:12 PM

There sure are a lot of crap box lovers here. The reason Sony laid off people is because of economy stupid. Their shit sells just as goos as the crapbox, and the crapbox has been out longer. Bunch of haters.

XBOX IS LAME!!!

December 10, 2008 08:16 PM

dear mr. "Home is Lame". you are obviously an XBOB fanboy pretending to hav bought one of Sonys consoles, but you made it really obvious that you most likely never did, because if you did, you would do what all the other Sony PS1/2 useres did and bought the PS3 because the other console was so good it was worth waithing for the PS3. so... the next time your XBOX breaks, instead of trying to fix it, kick the shit out of it and but a nice new PS3

XBOX IS LAME!!!

December 10, 2008 08:17 PM

dear mr. "Home is Lame". you are obviously an XBOB fanboy pretending to hav bought one of Sonys consoles, but you made it really obvious that you most likely never did, because if you did, you would do what all the other Sony PS1/2 useres did and bought the PS3 because the other console was so good it was worth waithing for the PS3. so... the next time your XBOX breaks, instead of trying to fix it, kick the shit out of it and but a nice new PS3

Xbox sucks and Ps3 Dominates!

December 10, 2008 08:31 PM

The only reason that the WII has sold more is because it costs $250.00 and it is the so-called "soccer mom's" favorite. The only reason the xbox sold more is because it came out way before the Ps3. I have no problem with the Xbox but im just sayin Ps3 is better. I have had kids come up to me and say that they wish that they had gotten a Ps3 and not an xbox.....in case u didn't notice, they all had an xbox!! i have no problem with it except that it lacks many features...Ps3 is better.....(but i like fable and halo)

Saint Knight

December 10, 2008 08:36 PM

All you guys are just antisocial nerds. HOME sounds cool and will be a good way for PS3 users to find others who like and play the same games they do. So stop hating and get a life! Virtual one is better than none at all!

tony

December 10, 2008 08:45 PM

Finally!!! i can't wait to see the trophy rooms and other stuff PSN id XxdeadmanxX

Mike

December 10, 2008 08:46 PM

good games will save PS3 not home unless they give free money then thats another issue

Pliskin

December 10, 2008 08:49 PM

NEEERRRRRRRRDDDSSSSSSSSS

Nick

December 10, 2008 09:14 PM

All these deathbox 360 owners hatin on home...I wondered y...there's a reason why its called the live killer. Big whoop u get shitty avatars. I've owned a 360 b4 and it was garbage POS. After about 6 months I sold it and got a ps3 and have never been happier. Don't get me wrong, xbox has all the good rpgs which I'm jealous of and maybe a game here or there but the ps3 is better. Xboxs time is limited bc b4 this system cycles end the technology will have surpassed what the 360 will be able to offer and the ps3s technology is upgradeable through updates and could possibly go 10 yrs if sony wanted it to. God of War 3 suppossedly has the best graphics released thus far and it only used 60% of the ps3s power. Look @ the #s, in the 2 yrs ps3s been out compared to 360s first 2 yrs and I bet they've sold the same amount or sonys up. Look @ the games comin out for ps3 2yrs in already lookin the SAME as 360s 3/4 year old system. HD is Dead ... Blu Ray is 4ever!

alex b

December 10, 2008 09:44 PM

XBOX 360 is far inferior to the PS3.
The PS3 has an output of over 3 Billion pixels a second, compaired to the Xbox shitty 3 million, now just imagine what that means now add together the 7 cored processor of the PS3 vs the 3 on the XBOX, man hands down without a doubt not even including the fact that it is STILL the cheapest buleray player on the market the PS3 is the better buy and the better system. Whoever bought into the 360 might as well have bought a MAC, cause there both as shit as each other...And did I mention BLU RAY?? ---- DONE

Frank Hatton

December 10, 2008 10:07 PM

I'M WITH Harry Balzonya I ALSO SH*T ON ALL YOU XBOX FANBOYS. PS HOME WILL PROBABLY BOOST SONY'S PRFITS CAUSE OF ALL THE ADVERTISEING FROM COMPANIES. AND YOU XBOX FANBOYS ARE JUST JEALOUS CAUSE U GET SH*T ON THE XBOX

ExSavior

December 10, 2008 11:05 PM

Some of you xbox (360 specifically) fanboys and comments above make me sick! If Home lives up to its expectations, such as playing a game in another user's "Home", that alone TOTALLY shits on any console interaction to date. Plus, if it works with backwards compatible PS3s (playing PS2 and PS1 titles), that's two past generations of gaming worth enjoying all over again.

anthony

December 10, 2008 11:10 PM

y are u guys fighting if ps3 berly came out of course its not gonna have a lot of games and if its overpriced then u guys are to poor to buy it and when the good games come out xbox 360 is goin to lose and yes home is kinda borin all u do is talk blah blah it gets borin talkin and talkin all over again

Chairman Rofl Mao

December 10, 2008 11:11 PM

Are XBoxes still burning up like a pacific coast wild fire? That has to cut into the "cost advantage" something fierce!

I'll stick with the Cadillac, you can keep your Gremlin!

The_Boss

December 10, 2008 11:18 PM

PS3 is a far better buy for everything that it has but Muffins has a very good point. Maybe if Sony cut off allowing new PS2 games from being developed, or stopped producing new PS2 consoles altogether, they might actually see an increase in PS3 sales. After all....how long after PS2 came out did PS1 drop off the store shelves. Not to mention, you can't find an original Xbox anywhere nowadays in the stores....time for them to decide if they want to look ahead or keep living in the past.....

I Have Friends Outside the US

December 10, 2008 11:29 PM

I lost interest in this Home thing as soon as I read that it can't interact internationally. How dumb. Does anyone at Sony have a brain? Look at Myspace, Facebook, etc. do they have "cross border issues". Their user base is small enough really smart move to make it even smaller. Home is a failure out of the gate.

God Of War

December 11, 2008 12:06 AM

Harry really u say sh*t on all xbox haters theres plenty of PS3 haters. And Timmy I have a question infact a question for all you Xbox luvrs hows future proof is your system? lets see just like Windows MS will come out with a new paybox pretty soon I beit. And who is still paying for xbox live?
believe it or not Home is pretty awsome I was a beta tester. Theres games to play and I even met some gamers to hook up with. So before youg ot spilling ur XBOX rules stop hating the real nex gen system.

Gabe

December 11, 2008 12:06 AM

hahaha no games? Resistene 2 MGS4 God of War 3 LBP Killzone 2. home will be awesome. LARGE-PWNAGE27=Proud owner of a ps3,psp,ps2, and ps1..... and originl xbox.

Cooper

December 11, 2008 12:11 AM

Yeah, uhm, seriously. . .xBox is the system with the most tech issues. It sells better than the PS3 because, yes, it was released earlier, but it is a cheaper, and get this, all-around crappier system. The PS3's current graphics card is soooo much better than the 360's. It can handle almost twice the gameply intensity, and let's not forget, heat. That's right. I went there. The 360 has an overheating problem, the sad result of a rushed console and bad design. Keep trying, Microsoft. You lost enough money on the failure that Vista was, and as for all of you gross little xBox fanboys, go do yourself a life-changing favor. Go buy a Playstation 3.

Silent_Kill_Kid (PSN Gamer Tag)

December 11, 2008 12:16 AM

Yess!!! Ive Been Waiting For Home For So Long!

garh!

December 11, 2008 12:20 AM

home sound mint i dont know why you guys luv xbox so much that you wont even consder it i think home should be there instead of the start menu that would be cool
that sucks how you have to pay for internet with xbox i never knew that

steve

December 11, 2008 12:29 AM

Sony I applaud you thank you for finally making my ps3 expierience worthwhile once again lol and as for all you 360 fanboys you can keep your simple and plain xbox's and as soon as the home download is available im there

Joe

December 11, 2008 12:52 AM

The only thing xbox is good for is for retards, lol. fukn xbox is so shit

John

December 11, 2008 12:53 AM

Home is another way that Sony can add value to it's loyal customer base. With Blue Ray and the power of the PS3 2 years from now this console with command the respect that the PS2 had so many years ago. Stop looking at now and believe in the future. For me Sony are on the right track and have a console worthy to hold its own and enter new realms of social networking. WELL DONE SONY

the good the bad & the winers

December 11, 2008 01:55 AM

ok you all have your points but what do you wont stuff that work, looks, and runs good or junk yes 360 and PS3 are tidied in just system power stuff but how much has been called back on 360 hmm now 360 is king of the hiII in games but have a year or two bye your self will do that PS1 was king so much that it seemed they had a new game every week and for those saying hay what about Wii they sead them self their after famly and kids their a new them in a matter of way as for the wait yea way to long but you cant say we dont care about the East ween you are based their case in point xbox was big in US but died some in the East same with sagen saturn coming to US its good to no your gamers so i dont blame them for wonting to stay live by playing it safe all three run more like PC than game systems dont wont to flop some thing like this with a price tag that big now for home PS must be going after second life, ever quest and such now that a real big monster to challenge 360 and Wii are weak i wont quality over fas

john

December 11, 2008 02:20 AM

ps3 has 8 cores running at 5.5ghz each xbox has 3 runing at 3 .3 ghz face the fact ps3 willbe around a lot longer than 360 and as a home beta tester home is looking good

john

December 11, 2008 02:21 AM

ps3 has 8 cores running at 5.5ghz each xbox has 3 runing at 3 .3 ghz face the fact ps3 willbe around a lot longer than 360 and as a home beta tester home is looking good

SuperBrute

December 11, 2008 02:44 AM

Why bash PS3s efforts to improve the console? Xbox is a great platform, but this is awesome news for us ps3 users.

Urk

December 11, 2008 02:53 AM

Im pretty sure everyone should quit whining....its a free service....losers who typically arent social cause theyre stuck at home on a weekend playing games rather than being a social butterfly at the local buffet all while gorging down on rolls and a slightly rare steak followed by a dallup of mashed taters mounted whole heartedly by an ounce msg (my self-respect...gone) can actually be slightly in a limelight of socialness.......oh and you can wear diesel (who cares), plus ps3 is on an upswing as far as games and especially the blu-ray player getting ranks as one of the best on the market right now...so uh quit your G.D. whining...and uh....keep on keeping on!

setop

December 11, 2008 03:46 AM

Free doesn't mean good, and that service is going to take away bandwidth from the rest of the already crippled PSN. Home is a folly of ridiculous proportions.

Brynner

December 11, 2008 04:16 AM

It's now 12/11/08, 1:16AM on -8 GST Pacific Time.


Where the fuck is my Home download icon?

Danny

December 11, 2008 08:55 AM

Let's go there with these xbox fan boys... hit them were it hurts. I can watch the dark knight on bluray u can watch it on HD dvd ohhh wait they stop making those lol those 200 bucks u spent on that extra part to watch hi def movies sitting in the back of your closet or worse not selling on ebay lol. point 2... tru hi def not that simulated hi def on 360 lol point 3 killzone. point four... xbox 360 sucks. point five... ps3 has more cpu power than xbox which means higher quality games, smatter ai enemys and bigger and better worlds to explore not to metion longer and better games cause of the storge capcity the bluray disc holds done finshed hip hop is dead no xbox 360 is dead

PS3 IS FUTURE

December 11, 2008 10:48 AM

hahaha people are saying home is stpid because its for ppl for no life so they can socialize? lmao okkkk first of all THATS 1 THING HOMEIS do u kno u can watch movies? yes real full screen movies in the thearte talk to real movie producers listen and watch music videos play mini games arcade, pool ect buy clubs and pput ur fav gaming theme in them and meet new ppl to play with a automatic network portal to ur multiplayer online game have ur own apartment overwelhming visual graphics unlike x-shit stupid cartoon avatars which they copied from the mii o yea x-bots everyone knows ur jelous and poor because i have 2 ps3's and 2 xbox 360's haha get a job at mdonalds if you think 400 is to much for a blu-ray player + gaming console i love my ps3's


ps. HARDCORE SOCOM:CONFRONTATION FAN
ANYONE ADD ME

danka

December 11, 2008 12:28 PM

SonyHome=closed source
SecondLife=open source

PS3 vs Xbox360

December 11, 2008 04:49 PM

Xbox is great right now and Ps3 is the future.

Pete

December 11, 2008 09:31 PM

Lmao. Wow freaking Xbox fan boys who think they're so damn smart, the xbox360 was originally more expensive than the Ps3 at the time when it was first release. The xbox360 was approximately $700+bucks considering the fact you needed to buy separate components to get it started. HaHa, the sad part for all you early xbox360 buyers is..... Because of 360 early release date the console was pretty much consider a prototype due to its flaws, like the "Red Ring" , a year later or so the xbox360 elite was release with the 360 at it's top performance and cheaper. The Ps3 however was delay, set back for a year later when its current release date was suppose to be the same year as the xbox360 on “December ‘05“, but it wasn’t because Sony wasn't in it for the money etc., like xbox360 is, so they delayed it. The Ps3 is in it for the best, that is why Sony decided to held the system back and improve their system some more, like enhance their graphics which they did. The xbox360 price right now ranges between $180-220 (including tax)at your local stores in the "U.S.". Y'all Xbox fan boys oughta’ know by now that the xbox360 was priced high, as always, considering this fact (Microsoft has always priced their product high, like the Ipods and such, really the 4gig I pod Nano's only cost about 30 bucks down to produce, but they priced it for some what 200 bucks) costly, if you ask me. As for the Xbox 360 it only cost about 80 bucks to produce the year before it was release but Microsoft however priced it for 700 bucks (not excluding the components), the production of a xbox360 now is approximately 50 bucks down. But if you look at the Ps3 it's a rad system, there ain't no "ps3 elite" to rip you off on your previous ps3 unlike the “xbox360 elite“ the final version of the “xbox360 aka the prototype version“ which it did the ripping off for those first buyers. The ps3 provide free "internet access" and the best of the best graphics ever! hi-def resolution known as blu-ray, and because of its so superior graphics the government even declared it as the most extraordinary graphics ever for their blu-ray security cameras, with fantastic memory space, etc. Now time to talk about the games and online network for the Ps3 and xbox360. It is for a fact that Ps3 has a lot of lame games for their system and little features for their online network, but however they are doing their best to improve it. I do admit that the Xbox360 has a lot more better features and online games than the Ps3. But…....the Ps3 will eventually be at it’s top performance towards where it is the best forever next-gen console, but however they are currently working on it. For all you people who did not know that there was going to be some what a lot of lame games for the Ps3, if you had watched G4tv, they had said before the Ps3 release date it was not going to have some super fantastic fun games like some of those on the 360,”halo,gears of war etc.” so far it’s true. I have said some what enough for all you gamers to re-think about both systems, but really in comparison, the Xbox360 is better than the Ps3 and a lot cheaper than it was once before.

Rich

December 11, 2008 09:39 PM

I personally LOVE my Playstion 3. I've played x box 360 for far longer, and when i plugged in my ps3 for the first time, turned it on, i was awed. PS3 beats tha SH*T outta x box 360. ALL GO FOR THA GOLD, GO PS3

Pete

December 11, 2008 09:52 PM

All I got is one thing to say... PS3 IS THE FUTURE! YOU KNOW IT! SO DEAL WITH IT XBOX360 FANBOYS!

Mike

December 11, 2008 10:50 PM

If You XBOX owners think your system is so good then why dont you play it rather then reading about something XBOX cant even have and ragging on it

rblover69

December 12, 2008 10:06 AM

From a previous NXE user. Home is amazing , the amount of immersion hanging out with your friends in diff states game launching , rap battles, watching media conetent music playing through BT. Club houses , its just amazing what sony has done with the demo billboards streaming constant content. I applaud them, it literally blew my mind because whats happening on the ps3 scene is really surpassing my expectations on the 360 side, just alot of things that arnt just being done on the 360 side. I reccommend the haters take a real good try at it and if not use XMB. No one is forcing you to use a free service. Which btw is just a tech marvel on how seemless it functions as.

Turlo

December 12, 2008 06:07 PM

Home sounds interesting. I will try it. To respond to a lot of people, I love my PS3 and I would rather have to buy a second PS3 than trade it for a 360.

Just another gamer

December 12, 2008 06:19 PM

First of al for you xbox fanboys that think ur so bad going on every sony forum and posting the same thing tha it has better exclusives and graphics.. both are wrong and the xbox live experience isnt even bettter.. PS3's exclusive games are about opinion. PS3 vs xbox live.. hmm isnt that the maning of home? home will make ps3 kick xbox in the ASS... its going to the a hihgly complex social gaming virtual world.. PS3 has the SAME processsor as the worlds bes super computer, State of the art video card and its cooling system is better than xbox. It has web browsing, and operating system installations. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY MAKE IT WORSE THAN XBOX?? The ps3 which uses blu-ray.. well, it's blu-ray discs have a 50gb capacity where as, xbox hd dvd discs have a 15 gb capacity. every fact i just said prooves that ps3 is betteri cant see why people say xbox is better with its 50$ a year live just because you have to pay for it.. Saying xbox is better with no proof?? just keep your mouth shut if you cant back it up.. PS3 owns xbox people just are misled by the facts..

just another gamer

December 14, 2008 01:09 PM

PS3 owns x box and if u say different u should hang yourself

Guevos Grandotes con pelo

December 16, 2008 11:19 PM

XBOX SUCKS. My brother in law has one and hates it!! He has had the red ring happen three times. Piece of crap.

Oh yeah, and to Pete,

The IPOD is made by Apple not Microsoft.

I am on your side about the PS3, I like it too, but dont be so damn stupid when makin a point, you sound like a f#$% idiot and make everyone else on this thread look stupid thanks to you.

Just shut the &^%&^ up next time and don't waste space. Don't reproduce either.

Pete

December 17, 2008 02:58 AM

Actually that's where your wrong apple and microsoft worked together on the ipods, if you read anything about the microsft & apple production and plus you know exactly what I meant by who made it and if you're going to be so arrogant about what i said then so be it, but don't be trying to start shitwith others on here. Handle treads maturely, because from my perspective you're looking for a cyber fight.

Guevos Grandotes con pelo

December 17, 2008 11:46 PM

Read and weap you big fat ars liar.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ipod

Not looking for a nerd fight, just know what you are talking bout before you flap your yap.

tupid

Guevos Grandotes con pelo

December 17, 2008 11:48 PM

Read and weap you big fat ars liar.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ipod

Not looking for a nerd fight, just know what you are talking bout before you flap your yap.

tupid

Marcus I

December 18, 2008 05:15 AM

The PS3 “Home” is design for a more convenient game for gamers. Just in time for the holiday season, gamers and other folks who use payday loans responsibly have another reason to get their hands on a PS3 PlayStation: "Home" has launched in open beta. Home is essentially a cross between "Second Life" and Nintendo's Mii avatars. PS3 users receive their own customizable avatars and virtual homes. Then they can chat via text and voice with and host friends online, find gaming buddies, buy and display virtual décor and goodies. The service is free, but clothing, furniture, and other toys will be sold through real money transactions. The free service is still in beta, but should be available to PS3 users worldwide by the end of the day on December 11. Nintendo Wii launched with support for player avatars and the Xbox 360 added avatar and related features with its November 2008 New Xbox Experience update. But PlayStation Home appears more sophisticated in its virtual world. The world features mini-games, in-world music options, trophy rooms and advertiser-supported locations. Whether or not Home will be a killer app for the PS3 remains to be seen. Some are grumbling that it looks like a virtual world where avatars try to sell you stuff you don't need. Others, similar to those who see the value of no fax payday loans, are much more open-minded and hopeful that Home will be an online home away from home. Click to read more on Payday Loans.

Pete

December 21, 2008 12:00 AM

Lmao. You seriously crack me up, do you always get your infomation and updates from wikipedia? LMFAO! don't you know that wikipedia is best upon people's idea and such? they aren't always accurate. Also you're a complete total instigator quit starting cyber fights. You're definately a fan boy, only fan boys won't allow any critism to whatever they love so much, that is the reason why you dissed me and seriously took the critism I gave to the ps3 offensively as if i was talking about you. lmao go get a life because obviously you take everything into assumption plus you should oughta' get your fact straight because you're an amatuer under false pretense.

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December 21, 2008 12:05 AM

You know wikipedia lies.

PETE is a pole smoker, with herpes

December 22, 2008 11:02 PM

Hey Pete,

You reallllyy make me LMAO.

Why don't you learn how to stop dodging the truth, and make up bull Sh*& excuses. Stop changing the subject.

Apple makes the IPOD and Microsoft makes the Zune. If they were in business together, they would not compete againts each other.

Next thing we know, you are going to say Sony and Microsoft made a "special project" together to come up with the xbox 360 and the PS3. What a daM! idiot you must be!!! hahahahahahahaha

You are the one who can't accept that you are wrong. I am surprised that you even know how to type, or does your mommy do that for you?!

What a dum Ars
hahahahahha

Guevos Grandotes con pelo

December 22, 2008 11:05 PM

Hey Pete,

That's where you are wrong. I could care less about what you have to say, or your stup&d opnions.

When I see an idiot, it is fun to get 'em all riled up. That's all.

The stuff I said was true, but was is more true is that you must be the biggest loser in the world if you take this so seriously.

Do us a favor, and get a life.

TUPID

pakra games

December 30, 2008 10:53 AM

While "home" may be an interesting concept, I don't think that it's enough to breathe life in the PS3 brand. Xbox360 and Wii have found their niches in the gaming marketing but PS3 just doesn't have a differentiating factor to draw gamers to their console. I don't think that "home" will provide a niche that gamers are looking for.

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Adam

January 24, 2009 09:57 AM

It's a lot of fun logging on just to have a few chats with people. Last weekend, my friend showed me it and we had some good laughs winding people up by dancing with them. Hey it's immature but it was fun!

http://unreleasedgames.net

AceMackDaddy

March 20, 2009 08:39 PM

There will always be Playstation fans so the console will never die no matter what the F**k any of you think. The same goes for X-box. So pick your system and stick with it. just like a true 49ers fan always sticks by their team, just like a true raiders fan always sticks by their team!! so should and so will the console users. Don't think for a second that the ps3 or x-box 360 are going anywhere for at least the next 4 years. as for home it will not do a lot to boost sales for ps3 but it will keep ahold of it's current users and maybe gain a "few More".

so as sure as there will always be a McDonalds and a Burger King so will there be a X-Box and a Playstation.

mukesh

March 21, 2009 07:08 PM

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Sarong

September 29, 2009 01:22 PM

I hope this is a sign that Sony is willing to integrate the PS3 and the official blogs to their full extent, like adding the ability to send messages to people on your Friend list from your PC to your PS3 or vice versa.
Honestly, the PS Blog (at least in NA) used to be pretty lame in terms of content. I would come back in a week and their would be no new articles with one update being fantastic.

Sarong

sona

October 14, 2009 05:49 PM

The PS3 Home is very nice and good
http://marketing.horusegy.com/

Jason

November 19, 2009 08:02 PM

ive always been a playstation fan. ive just played playstation home neatwork. its cool nice job. no regrets. u should set different age servers. so a teen can't bug the 20 and 30 year olds. other than that its cool

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