How to Make PlayStation Home More Inviting to Outsiders

PlayStation Home is a fun social experience on the PS3. The thing is, those that haven’t put much - if any - time into it won’t be trying it out anytime soon. The service sits in their XMB, as fun waiting to be had. This is why Home needs to interact better with the PS3, instead of just being that icon in the PlayStation Network tab. Following are some ways to embed Home with the PS3. PlayStation Plus deserves some exclusivity here, as the cost of membership should go toward such benefits.

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core_52225d ago

PlayStation Home would be perfect as a cloud gaming platform

Emilio_Estevez2225d ago

Lowering the loading times would certainly help, they are just too long right now.

stage882225d ago

Have you been on Home lately? The loading times are vastly different to when it first launched. Moving to a new area only takes a few seconds.

Emilio_Estevez2225d ago (Edited 2225d ago )

Yes, used it earlier today. The first load is still slow. The items loading in the store are incredibly slow. The different area often get hung up when downloading....They are usually only 50-75mb and it takes way too long to dl something that small. Don't get me wrong, I use it all the time, but when you want to explore and see new places and items you will definitely be waiting. Also, I would have preferred if they still had central plaza and just added the new areas on to it.

The load times have decreased, but it still needs work. My wardrobe takes forever, prolly b/c I have hundreds of items, but most are in storage so it should be faster.

Right now there is an issue with the personal spaces kicking you out of home when trying to go to them for some people also, me included.

metsgaming2225d ago (Edited 2225d ago )

I think they are really dropping the ball if they dont plan to have it on the vita. They should make more mini games, keep doing the E3 stuff, do something for gamescom and the other events, maybe they should video record the blogcast and put it in one of the theaters, stream playoff games in a theater etc.

Dante1122225d ago (Edited 2225d ago )

I'm with mets on the PS Home for Vita. I think they should bring back the open mics as well (Some of the funniest conversations/rap battles went on when it was enabled in the first beta).

LOGICWINS2225d ago

"They should make more mini games"

Clearly thats not enough. What good are mini games when the general Playstation populace still doesn't care? The only good thing about it is that it provides Sony with yet another constant microtransaction revenue stream(aside from PS Plus) from the minority that actually does care about Home. It is assumed that this income from Home is used to fund exclusive titles..or at least in some way, shape or form help Sony give gamers a better Playstation experience.

TekoIie2225d ago

Whats the point in home? Havent even downloaded it since it just seems like a waste on my hard drive.

LOGICWINS2225d ago

How about the most obvious tactic? Make every trophy you earn on PSN redeemable as credits to use in Home to buy virtual items. It's idiot proof. It would get people who ordinarily don't spend time in Home to get into Home frequently.

Godmars2902225d ago (Edited 2225d ago )

I'd rather they just make trophies items in Home.

For one thing they were actually doing it at some point. I don't have White Knight Chronicles, but the eight foot statue of the WK is in my sci-fi apartment which I got apparently for just putting in the disc.

You offer some stuff for free through playing games, other stuff you buy. Would say how hard is that, but then BIoware never offered ME stuff. And you know people would drop money for Garrus avatar clothing while hunting for ship models from the game to decorate their personal spaces.

metsgaming2225d ago (Edited 2225d ago )

yep, and/or have something opposite. Do something in home and get something special in a game, like a special skin, additional xp, gold gun, discount on dlc (doubt that one would happen lol) etc. If they could do this with COD even if they get a small percentage of people to go in thats alot of people.

stage882225d ago

That is a pretty ridiculous idea.

Sony get a large amount of revenue from people paying for virtual items. Why in the world would Sony start trading them for virtual trophies??

TekoIie2224d ago

People pay for stuff in Home??? Well to be fair its no different from XBL avatars but they're on sight for everyone to see on the dashboard.

Patriots_Pride2225d ago

Just make it simple to get to home with out all the BS downloading and loading.

LOGICWINS2225d ago

Thats not the point. Who cares if its simple to get into when people aren't interested to get into Home regardless? I can easily and "simply" order a pizza from Dominoes...but what good is this simplicity when I don't even like Dominoes pizza in the first place?

NBT912225d ago

Lies. Everyone likes Dominoes pizza 2 for tuesday FTW

Honestly though I do understand what you are saying. But if it was so much quicker or easier to get into home then people would at least be more willing to try it. At the moment there is not even enough there to justify the unreasonable waiting time...

But forget it, everyone has been saying the same thing ever since it was released and nothing has been done. If anything I would argue its actually got worse over time...

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