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Submitted by get2sammyb 1063d ago | news

Hellfire: There's Still Plenty of Potential for PlayStation Home

Push Square: "PlayStation Home has grown exponentially over the past six months with the release of innovative free-to-play experiences like Mercia: Fractured Realms and Bootleggers ’29 – but Home Tycoon developer Hellfire Games believes there’s still plenty of potential for the social platform to expand." (Home Tycoon, PlayStation Home, PS3)

Emilio_Estevez  +   1063d ago
Hellfire makes some good home stuff too, very innovative for the platform.
lodossrage  +   1063d ago
HOME itself has been growing without anyone realizing it. And it's starting to draw more support as Toylogic just started making stuff for HOME.

The games have gotten more advanced as time went on. The only problem I have with HOME (and will probably always have) is the fact that the trophy room and the streaming from your HDD isn't there.

Having things like the Crackle apartment is nice and the portable tvs you can bring anywhere with crackle on it are nice too. But nothing will be better than streaming directly from your drive (personal opinion).
darthv72  +   1063d ago
maybe...
some of those ideas will come out for PS+ members. It is interesting how there are not yet any members only spaces.

Pretty much any new features added to PSN are being tiered towards the + members and so i would expect sony to have a similar approach when it comes to Home as well.

Just think about exclusive spaces that the regular free members can't get access to. Sony could make them really worth while as just another perk to being a paid member.
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get2sammyb  +   1063d ago
I actually think there already is a PlayStation Plus exclusive VIP lounge in Home, but it's not all that exciting. I personally think the virtual world should focus on its free-to-play nature, and invite as many members to experience its content as possible.

Perks for Plus subscribers would be nice though. Perhaps you could get access to exclusive Gold items if you're a subscriber, or something?
get2sammyb  +   1063d ago
Hopefully people start paying more attention. I'm really impressed with some of the more recent stuff being added to the platform. Obviously, it's never going to replace the Uncharteds and God of Wars of the world -- but as a nice social distraction, I really enjoy Home.
Emilio_Estevez  +   1063d ago
I like to go on home when I don't feel like really getting into a serious gaming session, when I don't feel like trying very hard. There is always something new to check out.
Knight_Crawler  +   1063d ago
I tried to like Home but what killed it for me was the loading time when you leave certain areas.

Wish it was just one big open world and integrated to the XMB so I can just click somewhere and I am in Home..
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get2sammyb  +   1063d ago
Unfortunately, that is still a problem -- but it has definitely improved. I'm not quite sure how they could make it much quicker, though. It's just a limitation of the technology.

Perhaps Sony's acquisition of Gaikai could be leveraged to improve this for PS4?
DeadlyFire  +   1060d ago
Gaikai + Home = 1 second loading times. Would be amazing. That is my only reason for not playing with Home much. If loading times were shorter it would be amazing.
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JBSleek  +   1063d ago
I think that is Home makes the PS4 transition it can be really great with lower loading times and more innovation.
-Gespenst-  +   1063d ago
I'm assuming they'll carry Home over to the PS4? Otherwise all this investment in it's pretty pointless...
get2sammyb  +   1063d ago
I imagine so. Apparently it's extremely profitable, and it's still very popular amongst a specific demographic. It wouldn't make sense to just scrap it.
MaximusPrime  +   1063d ago
i was a closed beta tester of ps home before it opened to public. I have seen many changes over the past couple of years.

recently i have been on and off lately.. still many people used it. one of the room usually overcrowded. PS Home still popular.
Cam977  +   1063d ago
I've not been on it in months, i'll check it out soon.
Straightupbeastly  +   1063d ago
Home is real cool, too bad Sony doesn't know how to market
MaximusPrime  +   1063d ago
i guess that explained why PS3 is number 1 seller worldwide (excluding North America)
jd666  +   1063d ago
It's shite!! A total wasted opportunity!!
lodossrage  +   1062d ago
Explain that to me
How is it "shite" when 23 million users say otherwise?

How is it "a total wasted opportunity if it's making profit and even getting added developer support?

Your personal opinion and what's fact greatly differ here
jd666  +   1062d ago
They must all be playing hide and seek when I go on there then cos I've seen 30/40 people TOPS and that was this week too!!
lodossrage  +   1062d ago
What? You think you're going to see ALL the people in ONE SPOT?

Considering there are multiple regions, people as well as multiple instances.

Be realistic here. Do you think new content from both new an old developers are going to week in/ week out keep making stuff like they have been?

Hard to make profit off 30/40 people TOPS don't you think? Make me wonder how in the world it became profitable with "30/40" TOPS lol
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