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Submitted by BlindMango 1101d ago | opinion piece

PlayStation Home is Incredible, and Sony Sucks at Advertising It

"PlayStation Home, some have heard about it but have never really heard much about it, right? What If I were to say that Home is without a doubt the best avatar service out of any console, yes, better than Nintendo’s and Microsoft’s avatar services by a massive leap. Did you know you could watch full-length movies or listen to music with a bunch of friends? Or build huge cities? If you think I’m crazy by saying that, if you think that all you do in Home is bowl and play pool, then you really need to read this article, and you are also a good example of why Sony sucks at advertising Home." (PS3, Sony)

GribbleGrunger  +   1101d ago
I'm not going to read the article. The headline says it all for me. Home isn't for everyone but it caters to the demographic it aims at brilliantly.
Myst  +   1101d ago
It could have been something really amazing to be honest. Just that it's eh, one of those things you try out once or twice then stopped. I still log in every now and again though to see what it's like. I will say a lot has improved and some new additions are interesting.
GribbleGrunger  +   1101d ago
Same here, but I recognise that it's for a different demographic. When I stand back from my own views on HOME, I can see how great it is. That sounds like a contradiction in terms but it's just straight forward objectivity. For example, I hate FPS but I can still appreciate why some are better than others. The only thing Sony have done wrong with HOME is not advertise it.
Dee_91  +   1100d ago
I dont think the people in home right now wants Sony to advertise it to be honest.Because although it may bring more people it will bring more trolls.Last time I went in home about a month ago it was great.Alot of people on mics and not much trolling at all.However its not for me as I prefer to meet new people in person,so I agree with gribble.Some people dont understand that Home isnt a game its a social pub.So if you want to blow stuff up and fight people etc, its not for you.I think a girl on youtube married a guy she met on there... she was pretty hot too xD
TheUndertaker85  +   1100d ago
@Dmarc: That's the problem though. If you go into Home there ARE games in Home like Bootleggers(a FPS(Is it first or third? Only tried it out once or twice.)plus other types of games coming into Home or already there.

That's the only thing being done wrong in my opinion. Progression of Home goes majorly social then majorly gaming then majorly social again. The demographic for Home exists in the first place simply because of the split message Home is sending. Is it for social users or gamers? Even the Home team doesn't seem to know.

My only question is this: Why does there have to be a demographic for Home? If the Home team could find a way to balance the content going into Home, IE get both social and gaming content rather than one or the other, Home COULD be a great place for both crowds, skewing that demographic by far.
Myst  +   1101d ago
That seems to be a lot of Sony's fault this generation and well a bit of the last as well. A lot of great games were not advertised or mentioned at all. A lot of things were done in the 'shadows' or so.
The_Infected  +   1101d ago
I think if Sony went for more of a fun, less being real life, and no so realistic feel it would be much better. Lets say a fun little world like a LBP type world except 3D.
The_Infected  +   1101d ago
Or according to the disagrees you'd rather have a real life experience. I'd rather have a fun game like experience. Just my opinion though.
Dee_91  +   1100d ago
its not a game.
The_Infected  +   1100d ago
^ it's a social network my bad.
SonyStyled  +   1100d ago
then visit the LBP playhouse in home. its been there a while. idk why you missed it
Pushagree  +   1101d ago
I've tried to get back into home to past few days, but I think Home's biggest flaw is that it is filled with gamers. Much like FPS voice chats, people just go on home to troll, which makes it hard to have conversations with people because they all have their guard up. Even general greetings are met with a distant hostility until you have proven that you are genuine.

Not to mention, communication in general is painfully slow because most people don't have keyboards. Costumes have also gotten to the point of being so absurdly flagrant that every person looks like they are going to an anime convention. Home just doesn't feel real because of that and it's hard to actually connect to people due to the fact that no one is really themself on home. Guys pump their avatars full of steroids and girls morph their bodies and wear stripper outfits. As a social network, home fails to be social.
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trenso1  +   1101d ago
yea thats why i dont go on anymore it certainly wasnt like that when it was first released in the early beta was a lot more simpler
Tetsujin  +   1100d ago

I agree 100% with what your saying; and I also want to add I can't stand the people who live on Home more than actually playing games. I remember meeting a few people from Home and they either troll, use people for PSN cards for digital merchandise, or use it as an alternative for yahoo/msn chat.

My problem with Home is the people, not the service. Up until 2011 I went on Home to help take a break from gaming to chat with some friends; now I hate the idea to even log on it unless we go to a personal space because of the morons who live on it. If I had an option to block anyone with a level 1 with 0 trophy count, or people who doesn't have a certain number of games they played if they have a 0 trophy count.
Eyeco  +   1100d ago
When I first saw home 5 years ago I got exited , on paper I thought of something like sims online, like a virtual open world social network, but I was kinda disappointed, there's really not much to do in terms of socialising , and I agree with Pushagree, communicating is painfully slow, that and for some reason avatars take forever to appear,

I also didn't really like the idea of paying for clothes, if the currency was linked to your trophies that would have been awesome and it would have given trophy whores a legit excuse, or if virtual currency was earned in group social activities that to would have been a good idea, it's been 4-5 years since I've been on it, can someone please tell me or pm me on how much has changed ?
Tetsujin  +   1100d ago

I know off the dome White Knight Chronicles has parts for your avatar for each gold trophy you get, and the plat gets you the helmet (from what I was told). A lot of mini games also pass out certain clothes that you can't buy from the store; and I know having Namco Museum grants you an arcade machine per game for getting certain stamps in each game. Having Batman Arkham Asylum gets you the Batcave as a personal space; there's tons other things but I haven't been on much either lately, those are the ones I remember from a long time ago. I've spent maybe a grand total of $10 or less on Home because I don't like the idea of spending real $ to "look" good when I can win items or play games to get items others don't have.

One thing I'd suggest is finding someone on your friends list who spends a lot of time on Home to get maybe a full list of what you can win from various games you own.

Edit: I know RE5 also has some sort of statue thing if you play it regularly.
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nukeitall  +   1100d ago
This my friends is called community building. How do you build a community that is friendly and pleasant?

It's nigh impossible!
miyamoto  +   1101d ago
Why didn't Sony made it as an integrated portal or search of some sorts for PS Store, PS+, Movies, Crackle, Netflix, YouTube, and all the PSN services?

That could have made use of Home much better.

Imagine your avatar going to all sorts of these services & places could have been a fun experience even if it may be an optional thing to do at Home.

But come to think of it some people want straight forward transactions with less time to click.
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Nawert  +   1101d ago
They need to make it the main menu for PS4. Either that or press a Home button on controller to go right to it at all times.
smashcrashbash  +   1101d ago
Millions of people use it.It has people in it every day.Whenever a new event happens it is crowded with users and is never completely empty. Obviously they are doing something right. And before we go on the usual idiotic rant about how Sony never advertises anything I could go and get the list of games that Nintendo and Microsoft left out to dry and barely made a big deal of them. Sony like everyone else can't make a big fuss about EVERY single game. So can we stop the pretense that the other companies don't lapse on advertising their lesser games. That old song is getting tiresome to listen to.
SmokingMonkey  +   1101d ago
How ironic, that this was Phil Harrisons' baby.

Home could be the future of gaming...

..imagine GTA and Home... could be playing football at the stadium while some a*s comes by in a jet and bombs the whole stadium...
Bowzabub  +   1101d ago
Just like anything, it is what you make of it. It can be a great social app if used correctly. Game launching is grossly underused too.
SonyStyled  +   1101d ago
i gamelaunched once from home for R2 when the Resistance Station first hit home
remanutd55  +   1101d ago
how about a little more integration when the ps4 launches, i mean imagine playing a ps4 game then earning a trophy on the game and asking the option to see where you want to set up that trophy in your own personal trophy home space? i think that would be kool.
SonyStyled  +   1101d ago
i enjoy home. just not a regular user. i log in once and a while. i usually spend over an hour each time, exploring whats new and such. a great free social service in my opinion. theres usually something there for everybody
fucadastates  +   1101d ago
why cant i earn trophys in them great homegames?!
BitbyDeath  +   1101d ago
Load times are the biggest draw back for me, I rarely use home because it just takes too long to get in, and even when you are in you often have to redownload the same spaces again because of changes made to it.

Sony need to fix this on the PS4, then i'll start using it more regularly.
phantomexe  +   1101d ago
I'm not sure i would enjoy being made to use home as a main xmb. I'm not a fan of it but i can see it's importance to some. I like that tropy room idea someone mentioned tho. That's a great idea and id log on it for something like that.
Kamikaze135  +   1101d ago
If only they would integrate it more with the OS. Then I would have used it. Btw, are you able to display your trophies in Home now? I remember it was advertised a while back that you could, but when I was messing around with Home, the feature wasn't available.
tweet75  +   1101d ago
its free to use even though you can spend money on things within it you can still enjoy without spending a cent. In the casino you even get free credits the first time you go in to play the games.
Psychonaut  +   1100d ago
I dislike Home as well, I went online awhile back to see if anyone wanted to join me in some co-op gaming and people were like yeah. So of course I added them and all they did was live on HOME, never gamed, and did nothing but hit on female or male avitars. and HOME takes up so much memory then even more when downloading diffrent areas to go into. Im sorry but its a joke. I ALMOST.. went on it again after a few years to see if I could get people to join me for the 4player co-op Aliens Marines game when it comes out.
LightSamus  +   1100d ago
One of the best features Home had to me was the ability to unlock physical trophies for earning trophies in Resident Evil 5. I got to put figures of Chris, Sheva, Wesker, etc. in my Home home and that was pretty neat. If more games employed that, it could be really cool.
kingPoS  +   1100d ago
I enjoy using Home for the sometimes random conversations that happen. When me & a group of friends get together for some Loot EOD. It's like the Mystery Science Theater when we meet. For me that's the high point.

And and yes... I know Crackle has less content than Hulu Plus but guess what,... it's free. I sometimes prefer the eod ui over the ps3 app.
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black911  +   1100d ago
Home should some how integrate with Facebook. Can you say Cash Cow!
TheUndertaker85  +   1100d ago
Home sucks, plain and simple. All it's become is a virtual mall where virtual crap gets released every week.

After all this time and still so little integration with the PS3 and in many cases PSN. I mean holy cow. How long will it be before I can even watch my own movies stored on my PS3 HDD or listen to my music without having to exit Home? I'm not even asking for streaming here, just a way to use the features that are available on my PS3 without having to exit Home.

Want an easy way to add better TV support? Talk to Netflix, Amazon, Vudu, and the other companies that offer streaming alternatives on PS3 about offering a TV dedicated to their service that users can put down and use while in Home. Have it look for users with Netflix accounts on their PS3s then allow those users to see the stream. Those without Netflix wouldn't be able to see it without a subscription. This gives users an incentive to pick up those services, thus Home would be scratching the services back and Home gets better TV support in return, something that could bring in more users.

In the instance that I used above, the multiple Netflixs could be replaced with those different streaming services. Again, this would encourage Home users to pick up new services with those companies to be able to watch the content their friends or family are. This also gives Home the hook that it's the only place on PS3 to offer such a feature. They do it with Crackle now but Crackle is small time compared to what they could/should be doing.

They also should talk to their Music department about a radio. Create a free radio with a sampler song or something. From there have Sony Music supply at least some of their content to the store for users to purchase for those radios at a per song/per album cost. This opens up another outlet for Sony Music to move their music and gives Home better radios.

In the long run though they still need better game integration such as game launching support without the limit of having to be in the same space/instance as somebody launching a game. Open it up universally in Home so if I'm still in my apartment I can see the person wanting to game launch something while they're in their clubhouse. More games need to support official launching/groups too. It sucks to group up in Home for a game launch then have to group up again in games, meaning all it really did was start the game.

More games need to offer rewards for Home(At least for platinums... I mean come on!), Home needs to gain trophy support, split screen support, Vita & Move support... Home needs a ton and what they have now isn't the right direction. It's good and fine they want to sell items in Home but that seems to be its direction. Selling virtual items at the cost of real progress. I think Home could be a great meeting place for both gamers & those just looking to have a casual, social experience but the Home team seems to think it has to go one way or the other, not knowing at times which way it should go.

Sorry about the long post. I am a little bitter with Home in general. I used to spend quite a bit of time there, being part of clubs and experiencing that Home experience. I even laid down quite a bit of cash in there too... Not the most of everybody I'm sure, but more than enough to buy 10+ new release games. Can I tell you how many over 10? No, I'm just positive it's over 10. I hoped for real progress with Home but with mixed messages about what it should be & nothing really happening but more overpriced virtual items coming out, I just stopped using it. The last thing I bought was the $35 Mansion personal spaces & Tent-ish Clubhouse area for my clubhouse.

After I bought into the spaces and saw what was really happening that was the point I stopped using it.
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kingPoS  +   1099d ago
I really like the idea of netflix integrated into home like crackle.
I'd use it even if were only in sub-hd.
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ANIALATOR136  +   1100d ago
I just wish Sony would make your Home avatar appear on your PSN ID. That way it would justify buying costumes more and really show what type of gamer you are without having to traverse Home if it isn't your thing

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