The virtual world of PlayStation Home turns two years old tomorrow, and you're probably wondering why you should care. We’ll tell you why: 17 million people hang out in Home for an average of 70 minutes. So what do they know that you don't?
Im using it. Why? Cause I like it.
I would, but I dont usually have the time. I got a lot of games to play out first.
Home has changed a lot. I just logged in recently to see what's changed, and it's a simpler interface now, with more stuff to do and more feature. Home will be in Beta until the PS4, that's when I think it'll really take off. By then everything should be streamlined allowing you to move from place to place instantly, have party system in Home, and more.
vs 17 millions peoples who loves Home and uses Home daily. Sometimes, I forgot that N4G doesn't represent the view of the majority. In fact, N4G is the minority.
my Home doesn't work for me... it tries to update but nothing happens. i made lot's a friends there in the early days. and Xi was so so awesome! q:
I log in maybe 3 or 4 times a week. Just to walk around and see all the areas, or play poker with my friends. It's really evolving into something spectacular. You can tell because of all the dozens of spaces bought by software companies. There's so many game areas to explore it's incredible.
uhhh..rezzah, u do know that u can actually do both. Home has Game Launching. U could visit Home, and just Game Launch when ya ready ta game...ya may even find someone (not) on ya friends list that will launch into the game with u. The Game Launching still needs a bit of fixing, but the point is that u can visit Home and still do ya gaming. Game on!
N4G and home needs to combine.
I think Home is going to be the portal for loads of minigames in the future. Home may become a small subscription based service where you can play 100s of arcade games and the like. Just my guess. Then of course there's the theory that Home will BE the XMB for the PS4. The latter could be cool if executed right.
Im going to get auto disagrees from raging fanboys for my following opinion but i think it should be expressed. The initial premise of home was to transform how psn users used their playstations. It was suppose to be a base for improving the social aspect of gaming. They wanted us to be able to meet up with all our friends in a room and launch the game from home among other things. As a hardcore gamer i could not have cared less about home now. I will agree when it was being developed i was screaming for joy about it and bashing anyone who was hating on it, but its time for me to admit to my faults. If it is now being used by people who like sims and second life that is a really small user base, definitely not what sony intended for, they expected many more to use it which is no longer the case. YES i know ITS FREE that's why it doesnt bother me as much what does bother me is the amount of time, money and man power they invested in making home, i really think it wasn't worth it and if sony was given another chance they would definitely not develop something like this.
Washington do you really think SONY thinks Home is a failure? They would not be spending as much time in money in it if it didn't work. It's simple economics. Many may not like it but in the end it makes money and I am tending to think it makes a lot of money. Simple $1 or $2 transactions add up quick every day over the period of weeks we are talking about a multi million venture which probably makes a lot more profit than some of the games. Home is not really a place I enjoy but I can see why some do. All you have to do is pay a visit to see there are many who use it everyday.
@Washington-Capitals You kind of have a point, afterall both The Getaway 3 and Eight Days got on hold for the develop team to work on Home. Is Home worthy more than 2 high production PS3 exclusives? Today I would had said no way, but I can't really blame it on Sony because back in 2007 I would had to agree with 'em, PS3 was giving baby steps and they were looking for a game changer that, at such a point, didn't looked like it would be a game. The matter was PS3's identity, although well defined as a high tech do-it-all machine for games from the beggining with the offering of BD, multimedia formats reading, wireless capable from the box, 1080p capable from the box, 7.1 capable from the box, and etc, still they were searching for something to differentiate PS3 from 360 which is capable a good part of what PS3 does but usually on a lower level of quality. Today any gamer you ask will tell you that PS3 strongest point and what really take it apart from Xbox360 is that it has 3, some years 4 times the ammount of high production exclusives than it's competitors, coupled with free online gaming and other directly related to gaming matters. It would be rare to hear people mentioning all the extra features beyond the secondary point. But back in 2007 we all would believe PS3 should differentiate itself by showing more of it's features and mult capabilities beyond gaming while keeping the game portion just as good, that's why we heard so much articles about Other OS/Linux on PS3 or browser and media format updates back in the day. Turned out more 2 big games earlier on PS3 life could had made more diffeence than Home.
Home is a financial success, but I still scratch my head at the reason for why anyone would want to be there. The fact that people spend average 70 minutes there a week baffles me! I guess others could say about the same watching me play video games, but then again I don't care much for Sims or Second Life. After reading the article, I still don't see the point.
@acedoh you really think home is making sony money? They invested more then a few million dollars on home. It was in development for over 3 years and they had a team larger then 100 people working on it (SCE - Europe division) Just to pay the salaries, development costs etc have had to totaled to over $50 million and that has made this a failure in financial terms. Not only that YES i have been on home and its no where near the levels it was at even a half a year after it was full functional, id bet there is less then 5 000 people online at any given moment. And please, the majority of you posting here probably dont even have home installed or have gone on home in a long time. Its ok to agree with a "anti sony" comment, no one will find and kill you, the culture of n4g has to change, right now you just have mindless people thumbing up with anything pro sony and thumbing down anything anti sony even if its minor, factual and correct. Im a pretty big pro sony guy and dislike Microsoft but that doesnt mean im going to become a fanboy.
If they do decide to make Home the interface for the PS4, then that thing will need some serious RAM, like 4GB or more, which I'm kinda hoping for anyway. 8GB might be closer to what the PS4 will be packing. I just hope they stick with the Cell architecture so Backward Compatiblity won't be an issue again. Also, if they stick with the Cell/SPU architecture, developers will have ZERO excuses for not knowing how to program for it, as it will have been a good 7-8 years since the PS3 has been out by then.
wow i had know idea it had that many users , thats big
"acedoh you really think home is making sony money? " you're kidding , right ... didn't you saw how many user and how many paid item there is even if you buy a couple of items because you want something spécial ( for yourself ) that's simple money. Ot's proven that the model in place in HOME ( dlc insides free games areas like SODIUM or that golf thing ) works !! After 2 years EVEN more companies realised the potential of HOME AND THEY KEEP coming.. Home is a succès . -Because it's making money -Because people keep coming back Nobody can deny these facts
Lol, everyone i offered acedoh my psn id cause he kept sending me messages about how much crap and stuff he has in home and that he was an active user, he call me delusional and runs away, you fanboys on this website are jokes. Just defend sony mindlessly, even though there is no reason to do it.
The usual MMO minded crowd?
people that are into second life and the sims
ie, people with zero social skills in the real world
As compared to people who spend 6 plus hours a day playing a shooter online have great social skills.
lol ace; that is a thread-ender!
Well I for one dont have a social life because of my ps3 =P just addicted gamers in general maybe. I sign into it every once in a while. When I first got my ps3 and everyone else had an xbox I used home to make new friends.
wow there is a disagree fairy around. and i agree with the reasons mentioned above.
Home is a success. It's not for everyone but it definitely is something a lot of users log onto. I go on Home once in a while just to check out the minigames but I see some use it as a place to meet up and talk.
"people that are into second life and the sims" You mean the one's who have no REAL life?
The same can be said for the average gamer right?
Not really. Most gamers I know have full lives. I'm a pretty serious gamer and I live a very full life far beyond a tv screen.
that the same stereotype that Ultimate_Revenge just used for generalizing HOME users is the SAME stereotype that was used at a time to generalize gamers
oooohhhh that was sarcasm. Gotcha.
But even I find myself actually using HOME whereas at one point I avoided it like the plague. HOME is definitely a different beast that it was even a year ago. I go there to meet up with some club members. We have gaming tournaments and we even bet on the games with real cash. What we do is we all known each other awhile so what we did was make accounts at gamingsaloon.com. Then we set up random games to play and place wagers. We use the club bulletin boards to post meet times and reminders and stuff. So to me HOME is now worthwhile where a while back I could care less about it. And we even play the many mini games and things within HOME to pass time before gaming matches like our Killzone 2 tournaments and things like that. So not only did I use it as a way of making gaming buddies and even forming clans, we found a way to gamble and make real cash out of it. So HOME is far from the waste that many of the nay sayers try to make it out to be. I mean sure you won't see me quitting my job or not giving my fiance an time over it, but it IS worthwhile as far as I'm concerned lol
Basically you use Home for nothing then. Sheep.
I've made two clans just through meeting gamers within HOME. In other words, I use it for what it was MEANT to be used for. Which is linking a community together. Don't get upset because I put you in your place earlier lol. If you weren't ignorant that wouldn't be an issue :)
Dude, give it a rest, STOP PMing me like some fangirl. You got owned and NOW you private message me??? Kid, give it a rest. And yes, I'm replying HERE because I'd rather show everyone how sad trolls get when they get embarrassed :)
Um if you actually read my PM you'd see that there was nothing negative in it at all. You said that the average gamer has no life, and I sent a PM saying I only game 2 or 3 times every month so your "average gamer has no life" argument doesn't apply to me. So you saying you put me in my place doesn't make sense because you didn't. And I didn't generalise anyone, you specifically said people who are 'IN TO' second life, and they are generally people who have no lives which is more or less true, because you can only be classed as having a second life if you're spending hours on end using services like Home. In fact your're the one who generalised because you said 'average gamers' have no lives rather than saying 'some gamers' have no lives. Oh and by the way, generally I reply to people by PM if the 'Reply' button isn't available under their comment which it wasn't in your case, so I just PMed you. What I said to you in the PM I would have said here which I now have. Don't try to claim victory after your argument clearly fails.
I have been on home a lot more lately, it's still not perfect but it has gotten a lot better from the crap it used to be before. also people talk about sex lot on there..lol
That isnt anything new, where there are chats in place on websites people WILL talk about perverted things. I dont know why, its like something that amuses them. I really think those people are shallow minded.
im not....why?.....cause people on there are perverted want nudes and home is pointless to begin with if i wanted perverted guys id go on yahoo or aim chatrooms if they still exsist
You can ignore them and simply report them. Walk away from them, leave the chat box close, and just don't talk to them. Home is pointless to you if you have nothing you want to do, and that's fine but for many, Home is a something useful and fun. Since the dawn of mankind, if there is a way to communicate especially anonymously, there is someone talking perverted thing.
people in the real world are also perverted and want nudes. are u anti-social? HOME maybe pointless to u, in which im not even sure why ur making such a comment. but the other 17 million HOME users disagrees with u.
"people in the real world are also perverted and want nudes. are u anti-social?" So you're calling somebody anti-social because he/she doesn't like being harassed for nude pics? People in real life are idiots but that doesn't stop it from being retardedly annoying when they post stupid things on the internet, eg. comment #9.2
im simply asking if the user is anti social due to the fact that the user has stated "home is pointless" if a person think home is pointless. generally, it probably means the person doesnt like to socialize since home is for socializing. i never called someone anti-social. im asking a simple question. "post stupid things on the internet" ur comment also goes under this statement.
im not ainti social but id rather go to a bar or do things in real life then on home
if you were that bothered by crap that is easy to filter and avoid , you'd be creating a male avatar instead
I get on once in a while, if something good comes up, I'm still waiting on that hall of fame room they were talking about if that comes I'll be on a little bit more.
some people are actually addicted to HOME. im sure u have friends on ur friend's list where 80% of the time, they play HOME. other 20% u see them play a game or two. i havent logged in HOME for a long time ever since i got banned for a month. but since its a massive sausage fest. the few girls in there are having a blast.
I actually had one guy in my friend list using Home most of the time every day.
I never use Home. It takes a while to boot up and its kinda boring......for all the games on PS3 why would anybody spend time in home? Especially for guys like me who have all 3 systems home serves no purpose to me. They need to somehow integrate home to the XMB as soon as you boot up the system, then I would use it more.
Its a fun way to interact with other people you cannot actually be able to hang with in person. Like go play pool or bowling and chat with them as you play, it can be fun.
lol, people hate on it because they gotten so used to hate on it. now they wont acknowledge that its not nearly as bad as it once was because they have it ingrained in their mind that its bad and refuse to change their views on it.
Nevermind that you actually are paying for that service. Honestly, why can't you accept that just like XBL, people use Home? Edit: For what its worth, I have and will continue to question XBL just as I've defended Home. Especially when some new service is added to XBL that seems more like a lure while really adding nothing to what XBL basically does, which is to act as a player's network.
17 million, FCUK OFF
I actually enjoy going into Home and playing the mini games from time to time. There are tons of them and most are pretty fun. It is kind of slow to load though.
I use it for chess...yeah I have absolutely no life whatsoever
It's good but i can't bring myself to spend time within it . If it wa an optional boot method and actual replacement to the xmb , then i'd be using it often . I certainly wont go in , load the whole thing , then set up a party and wait for friends or strangers , then launch a disc based games within
its cool to take a break from gaming and hang in HOME for an hour or so to check out the latest on games or chat it up and play a ton of mini games.and to all the haters,keep noobin it up on BLACK COX!
Its simple. For the same reason millions of users loved myspace, bebo, msn chat, & facebook. I just think home is a bit cooler because u actually walk around and talk to ppl and have your own home space u can invite friends or u can go to a load of different game lounges with friends & chill, talk, play mini games, dance (lol) & check out new trailers etc. etc. There is just a whole lot of things u can do there. My advice for anyone who wants to meet ppl buy a ps eye & when meeting new ppl especially a chick make sure its a she by asking or they wanna private chat using the ps eye. The last thing u wanna do is find this random chick was a 55 year old male who likes boys lol. I havent been in home ever since the launch of the RE5 lounge but I hear its improved so much. I would love to go check out but im just too busy. Im sure home is a great place to be if u have alot free time on your hands. Might check it out after christmas.
I knew about bowling and pool on home, but I didn't know about chess. I've been meaning to learn more about chess and Home should be a fun learning environment for me. The world is very alive and vibrant, much cooler than playing on yahoo or something.
I love to shoot pool and bowl. All home needs is 3 big things. Much faster loading. Faster running so you can get around faster and they should put all the zones linked in one open world style. I hate tellaporting all around, I would love to be able to walk anywhere Iwant like Fallout or something.
I never see what the big fuss is about. If you don't like Home don't use it. What is all this talk about a waste of resources? Are you people in charge of Sony's gaming resourses department or something? The fact is Home is a success. People buy the clothes,spaces and items, I see many people enjoying the mini games and taking part in the events that happen. Home is a nice place to visit and is a leisurely break from playing just plain video games. It makes me smile to see my avatar dressed in the things I won and brought for her. So if Home is your cup of tea fine but don't call it a waste of time. We Home users disagree.
I deleted it waste of space been in once never again but some folks love so its got a market but for me i cant shoot them i leave .
Yes kids running around looking for pretend girlfriends....o yes the place for gamers it is everything i ever wanted and more. I like checking people to find out they have very little tropies which tells me they play nothing. Home is money well spent.
I use it to play Sodium, still can't get pass lvl 4 so hard :(
I haven't spent a ton of time in Home, but I do see the appeal of having a place to play mini-games, meet people who play the same games you do, and watch content designed for Home. Plus, it's free to use the service, so I can't complain. What I don't get though are people who spend money buying outfits for their avatar and virtual items that are mostly useless. Spending real world money on virtual items to customize a virtual person is a concept I can't wrap my head around.
There's ALWAYS people in home.
i use it to play the simple games
I go on from time to time, it has been a while since I was in there, but I remember the last time I was there, I became a female and had a guy-train behind me walking around in circles, lol that was pretty hilarious.