Sony rebooting Home this fall
posted on 08.23.11 at 09:39 AM EDT by (@salromano)
Virtual world rebooting as social games platform

This fall, Sony will reboot its PlayStation Home service as a platform for social games. The virtual world launched in 2008 and has since gained over 23 million users.

The major focus on the new version of PlayStation Home is social gaming, one of the biggest changes being the inclusion of large-scale group games within the service.

The Central Plaza, Home’s current main gathering area, will be replaced by a new area called The Hub. Here games, quests, community events and user-created content shine. An activity board in the area allows users to see current games in progress and missiosn they can complete. They can also create their own events and share them with friends. The Hub is a game itself, according to Home boss Jack Buser. The goal is to have “a huge game staring you in the face as soon as you come in” to Home.

The Hub is also your ticket to the service’s other new locations, each themed around different genres, which feature games of the same topic. The new areas include the Action District, an urban city environment where action and horror games take center stage; Sportswalk, an “outside the stadium” area where you have access to sports scores, headlines, highlights, and sports game; the Adventure District, a jungle island filled with mystery and hidden treasure; and Pier Park, a boardwalk featuring a carnival and arcade games.

Both VentureBeat and Kotaku have full previews of the new service. Be sure to read them, if you’re interested in learning more.

  • Eakael

    It would be nice to have trophy support for PS Home. :P

  • Kkdog4Sado

    Sweet, I like Home alot.

  • incredibilistic

    I just have no interest in Home. I’ve tried to get some PS3 friends to get interested but like me they just don’t see the value especially when the service is so slow to boot, load, refresh and the fact that you have to download each area before you visit.

    Maybe this reboot will help but if this doesn’t work I think Sony should devote more time to making better games, improving the XMB and just making the system better overall.

    Fix the web browser too. It sucks as is.