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Submitted by Tony-A 1864d ago | article

12 Million Home Users: How Many Come Back?

HBM writes: "Sony's PlayStation Home social networking platform has been a silent success since it's Open Beta launch of December 2008. From the time of that release to the launch of the PlayStation 3 "Slim" and the holiday season, the number of PS3 owners who took the time to download Home grew ever-so quickly. Now at 12 million individual Home downloaders confirmed by Home's Manager, Jack Buser during an IGN interview, just how many of those actually keep coming back?" (PS3)

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n4f  +   1864d ago
i never came back i just wanted to see what it is
roguewarrior  +   1864d ago
its not for everybody, but it can be fun
GrandTheftZamboni  +   1864d ago
Just to help the author answer his question: I came back. So add 1 to what you have so far.
Serjikal_Strike  +   1864d ago
I deleted Home from
my ps3 XMB:)
redsquad  +   1864d ago
Obviously HOME isn't why I own a PS3, but it's a cool additional feature to have: When I finish playing a game, I could just turn the PS3 off - instead I pop into HOME, chat to people about (amongst other things) the game I've just been playing, chase a few Loco Roco round my Island home, blast my way through a few levels of the Sodium Shooter (very addictive by the way) and generally relax.

If you DO choose to just turn your PS3 off then fine, great, dandy... but the fact that I have that option to wander Home Square, surf the net via the computer in my 'pub' or visit a friend in theirs is a huge plus as far as I'm concerned.
MysticStrummer  +   1864d ago
Right on, redsquad
I've made some great friends on Home. Talking gaming, movies, or whatever is fun in itself, but when you are doing it with a person in another state or country it's even better. Gamewise, there are some cool basic minigames to play and Salt Shooter is indeed addictive. Sully's is where the cool people hang, and me also. Some people actually have bought PS3s just for Home, but for the majority it is a cool (mostly free) addition to PSN, and as you said an alternative to simply turning the PS3 off after a game session.
Tony-A  +   1864d ago
When my step-bro (who doesn't live with me) got his PS3 for Christmas, he noticed we didn't have any of the same games. I asked him if he downloaded Home and he said yes so we went into my space, I invited a friend of mine, too, and we all got to the bowling alley.

I'm usually good at Home bowling but I sucked when we played. haha. Anyway, us three and a random guy played a couple of games, we all became friends and went our separate ways (for the time being). It was the kind of meet and become friends experience that you usually don't get when playing games online because you're busying playing the game and getting objectives done.

In Home, we have the time to sit back, talk and make friends. That's why I keep Home. It's a great experience if you use it to your advantage.
ironmonkey  +   1864d ago
totally agree with you
redsquad  +   1864d ago
One thing I think that would make people come back to HOME is a paintball space. Can you imagine that? Have different maps with trees or buildings in and just let people run loose splatting other users.
Just make sure that there were plenty of free slots and players can actually get in (unlike the bowling!!)

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