Submitted by get2sammyb 980d ago | opinion piece

Will PlayStation Home Survive the Transition to PS4?

Push Square: "The word ‘social’ cropped up a lot during Sony’s big PlayStation 4 coming out party late last month, but we’re still yet to learn how PlayStation Home will be integrated into the next generation platform – if, indeed, it will be incorporated at all. The virtual world was Sony’s big bet on casual gaming during the course of the current generation, but while the PlayStation 3-based endeavour has built up a loyal following, has the manufacturer quietly brushed the concept aside?" (PS4)

Godmars290  +   980d ago
Given that they've changed their save system to a cloud base, certainly hope so.
Dark_king  +   980d ago
I expect them to end up running Home on Gaikai. Could help improve the service ,wouldn't need to download updates to every area.Should make moving between areas quicker also.An Home is getting quite large eating up a good bit of HDD space,streaming it would certainly reduce that.
Veneno  +   980d ago
I think had Sony followed through with the idea of integrating home as the main interface of th3 PS3 as an option over the XMB it could have been better received and a bigger hit than it was.
DOMination-  +   980d ago
That is what Phil Harrison wanted. But the Japanese felt online was not a big deal at the time.
GiggMan  +   980d ago
Home can be so cool with the new features of PS4. Streaming game uploads from players in a movie theater type setting is something that comes mind. Don't know how realistic something like that would be but it would be cool.
fsfsxii  +   980d ago
PS home was profitable for sony so yes.
Darn right. And it's actually pretty enjoyable. I only log in once or twice a year but whenever I'm there I'm having fun. Just rather be playing games.
Good_Guy_Jamal  +   980d ago
I've never used Home, nor am I in the least bit worried it won't make it to next gen.
tweet75  +   980d ago
it would be a great centerpiece for ps4 if done right. Set up an open world environment where you can discover games.
maniacmayhem  +   980d ago
Home is a great place to walk around with a fat, long bearded avatar with the default clothes they give you. The people there are so nice as they constantly throw insults at you while they crowd around the women avatars they think are real women.

The games are fun too.
arum1234  +   980d ago
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LOGICWINS  +   980d ago
The only way I'd begin to care about Home is if Sony assigned points to trophies and made those points redeemable for virtual Home goodies. Recently there have been MANY complaints about microtransactions, but for some odd reason I haven't seen Home mentioned in these complaints.
smashcrashbash  +   980d ago
People know how to cheat and give themselves trophies.So how is that fair? You would be getting things for no effort at all.
LOGICWINS  +   980d ago
OMG someone got a virtual wooden chair with little effort...call the police!/s
RonRico  +   980d ago
So. It would still be fun.
MysticStrummer  +   980d ago
"Recently there have been MANY complaints about microtransactions, but for some odd reason I haven't seen Home mentioned in these complaints."

Why is that odd? Home is a free app, not a game you have to buy. There's lots of free content too. I don't think Home can be reasonably connected to the usual complaints about microtransactions.
Hicken  +   980d ago
Home isn't meant for everybody to "care about." I don't even use it once a year, but I'm not gonna deprive the people that DO use it of the fun because it's not really for me.

And you haven't seen Home mentioned in reference to microtransaction complaints because Home isn't some core game you pay 60 bucks for. And though it's full of games, Home itself is not something you can pay-to-win, so it doesn't really fit into the typical argument against microtransactions anyway.

How do you do it? The most successful troll on this site: you just keep trolling, and just keep getting bubbles.
Nerdmaster  +   980d ago
Do people use Home? Since its reveal, I thought it would fail terribly. Second Life was already failing, and Home seemed to be almost the same thing. And I remember that before it was launched, people said that it was going to be amazing and whatnot.
GenericNameHere  +   980d ago
Yes, people DO use HOME... Shocking, eh?? Maybe you should log in at least once and see for yourself... I said once because it's still laggy as heck... When I last logged in a few months ago...

But yeah, as fsfsxiii said, HOME IS profitable for Sony, so they'll most likely bring it to PS4... And maybe finally get it out of Beta form :/
DeadlyFire  +   979d ago
Honestly its not bad. Only problem I have with it is you have to download every area individually when you first see them and loading times are not ideal. Other than that its okay and has fun mini games for free. Bowling, Poker, and other mini games with puzzles, racing, and so on.
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LastXeno  +   980d ago
Concept of Home is great except people use it for gang related activities, prostitution, etc.
LastXeno  +   980d ago
LOL Sony drones will be smoking pot on PS Home, cost $2.00 per sack, pay with a PSN card.
smashcrashbash  +   980d ago
I hope so. Home is a fun place to be despite the extreme negativity from people who never went back to it and constantly complain about people always bothering them.Strange how I go to Home and never get an over abundance of people disturbing me.No doubt just the usual exaggeration and dramatics by gamers. One person probably bothered them once and that meant ALL THE TIME.
LOGICWINS  +   980d ago
"Strange how I go to Home and never get an over abundance of people disturbing me."

That was the best part! I made my avatar into a hot red head and had other avatars following me around asking me for BJs all the time lol. Me and my gf got a kick out of it at the time lol.
GenericNameHere  +   980d ago
Back when I was a casual HOMEr (is that a thing?), I used to troll around as a hot girl, telling everyone to follow. After like 30 minutes of fooling around, I told them to wait for me to change, and I turned into a big fat bald dude!! Hahahahahaha!! Some would leave... But some would stay. I just leave right after since it gets awkward.
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sandman224  +   980d ago
I hope not. It can stay with ps3. That was one feature that was implemented the wrong way. I also tried it. It's definitely meant for a different breed!
Why o why  +   980d ago
I still get requests to join my 'funky house' I set it up to stream house music from my club/apartment.....Not even sure if thats even allowed yet... ar well
BLow  +   980d ago
People act as if your forced to use Home. If YOU don't like then don't use it. I don't use it but I know there are millions of people out there that do. So for them, it would be great for it to go to the PS4. Some people love that type of a social feature. If it was a complete failure like some of you like to spread then why when you log on it always filled with people. Failure=empty. Don't like it then don't use it and it's a simple as that. Oh well, we'll see what happens.
Gaming_Guru  +   980d ago
The thing with PlayStation Home many people expected it to be a game, when it's just a place to be social with people who have PlayStation Network.

I just hope they improve on the concept because unlike Xbox Avatar's the PlayStation Avatars actually have a purpose. I would like to see more interaction with real world events to some degree. Most of all I think it's a way for Sony get money from other stakeholders besides consumers.
WeedyOne  +   980d ago
Home is a cool idea but having to download all the new rooms and update them frequently made the experience less enjoyable. If they can somehow make everything more streamlined i think it would be way cooler than it is now.

Judging by how sony clamied that the PS4 can play stuff while its still downloading the content i think this will make Home much funner to navigate.
jaymart2k  +   980d ago
Wait , PS Home still exist & people use it?

BitbyDeath  +   980d ago
Yea, it was reported last month that just one of the games in home has had over 10 million visits since it launched in 2011.


That's more than most games will ever see.
MysticStrummer  +   980d ago
More people use Home than play most online games, and Home's been around for about five years.
EverydayGuy  +   980d ago
Will Home be out of beta this time around?
BitbyDeath  +   980d ago
Probably not, i think the beta thing is a joke since it is by definition always evolving.
kingPoS  +   980d ago
I believe it will. Home has shifted to become a mostly sever based service. The only home assets really stored on the ps3 anymore are the locations and object placements. Home is more of an app now. That should make for an easy transition to ps4... and hopefully the vita.

Edit: I just realized that there's home tycoon in Home. I don't normally visit every spaces, so that one kinda slipped by me somehow.
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InTheZoneAC  +   980d ago
ps home is for all the online weirdo's, please get rid of it already.

I used it two or three times a few years ago, it's very stupid.
MysticStrummer  +   980d ago
I'm sure Sony will get on that right away and get rid of Home just for you. Your opinion is much more important than the money they make from the millions of people worldwide who use Home regularly.
BitbyDeath  +   980d ago
Millions of people still frequent it so i doubt it'll disappear. Here's hoping they fix up the load times.
mochachino  +   980d ago
Not one care is given for Playstation Home...by me.
smashcrashbash  +   980d ago
Home has gotten even better recently with the locomotion that includes things like super powers,wings, motorbikes, exosuits and animals to ride on and a place that you can make companions that follow you around.Flying around on my black fallen angel wings or super cape makes it easier then just walking
nunley33  +   980d ago
If you take a look at the official list of PS4 developers, you'll see some Home only devs listed. And i've heard from a few different Home site admins & devs that its coming to PS4 and sony was interested in bringing it over. It will be interesting to see how all the PS4 social features will work with Home. That video sharing feature will be great for it since seperate video capture equipment will be needed anymore. I still don't know if the sharing will be good enough to match the quality of capture equipment, probably not is my guess but good enough for the casual user.
HeroLv9  +   980d ago
Since one of Sony main goal with the PS4 has to do with social stuff, it would make sense for them to bring PS Home to the PS4. Home is an awesome social App. And i hope they do something with trophies to work with Home. Having trophies give exclusive home items (like costume of the characters, set pieces, etc.) will give more meaning to trophies and could get people,who uses PS HOME, to go out and buy a game for exclusive content they could unlock by earning trophy. And people who plays game and trophy hunt could probably get into Home cuz of all the cool things they unlock to showoff. I feel it could be awesome if they somehow got developer to make virtual items for trophies!

IN short: Home users buy games for exclusive trophy unlock items. Gamers use home to check out unlock items = Games being bought and trophy unlock being more satisfying!
ANIALATOR136  +   979d ago
for PS4 they should put your ps home avatar next to your profile like the 360 avatars. It would justify buying clothes and costumes more in home if everyone can see them

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