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Home for the Holidays

It's the headline that writes itself!

This fabulous home can soon be yours!
Hot on the heels of a story that The Times Online ran on Sunday, stating that Home--Sony's online-virtual-world-social-networking-advertising-buzz-word-thing for the PlayStation 3--was “slated for release in the next 10 days,” Joystiq has today received confirmation from SCEA that Home will in fact launch before the end of 2008. This is only kinda-sorta news, as folks from Sony have been saying since Leipzig that Home would launch this year. Though considering the number of delays Home has seen, it's good to hear that Sony is still on target. So the big question about Home can soon go from “is it ever coming out?” to “was it worth the wait?” For Sony's sake, I sure hope so.
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Posted by Ryan
This fabulous home can soon be yours!
Hot on the heels of a story that The Times Online ran on Sunday, stating that Home--Sony's online-virtual-world-social-networking-advertising-buzz-word-thing for the PlayStation 3--was “slated for release in the next 10 days,” Joystiq has today received confirmation from SCEA that Home will in fact launch before the end of 2008. This is only kinda-sorta news, as folks from Sony have been saying since Leipzig that Home would launch this year. Though considering the number of delays Home has seen, it's good to hear that Sony is still on target. So the big question about Home can soon go from “is it ever coming out?” to “was it worth the wait?” For Sony's sake, I sure hope so.
Posted by Carlos

I thought the beta was kind of lame, there was nothing to do other than dance in public.

Edited by PLWolf

It's just going to be an open beta, much like GMAIL.
I just want to get in there and join my friends, who have been in the closed beta for a year and a half now.

Posted by thatpinguino

home is here. Huray?

Posted by George_W_Bush

Sweet! I loved the beta, glad everyone else can enjoy Home now!

Posted by Lava

I cant wait to see what this thing has to offer. I've been waiting for it along with every other PS3 owner.

Posted by ZeroCast
Posted by Wesker

They should like... make sure there's stuff to do before they launch it though.

Posted by hermes

I am not sure about "it was worth the wait?". It certainly looks nice and all, but right now it is nothing more than Second Life, with a lot less content...

Edited by delajed

bowling/pool/echochrome were nice surprises.
trophy integration is lacking in the beta though, i'm still curious at how all of that works.

and i can't lie, i'll probably spend a good amount of time redecorating my pad.

i think it's a mature version of what the wii has in its plaza.

Posted by dsplayer1010

Yay?

Posted by TheWorstPlayerEver

I completely forgot this thing even existed

Posted by Double0hFor

if i wanted crap like this, id go buy the sims

Posted by Jayzilla

virtual bowling with real people in a virtual world when i could go to a real bowling alley with people i know and like instead. I think i will use my ps3 for movies and games and leave the virtual hanging out to other people.

Posted by DragoonKain1687

They need to fix the crappy qeue in the games. Its retarded to have to wait till a complete stranger stops playing to be able to play.

Posted by TomA

I have a feeling this will turn out like everyone expected.Kinda neat for a few days,but then you get tired of walking into a movie theatre and seeing a trailer for Uncharted 2 or playing Virtual bowling.This,much like the Mii's for the Wii,will fall by the way side in a matter of weeks.

Posted by Scooper

Do you think Duke Nukem Forever's going to be good? NO 'CAUSE IT'S NEVER COMMING OUT!

Posted by mr_registered

Yay?

Posted by Keeng

It's good. It's a 3D avatar-based social networking platform. Stop thinking about it like it's a game or The Sims. It works perfectly for what it is, it's free, and it's a much better avatar use than anything we've seen so far this generation.

Posted by siLVUR

It's free, I don't care.

Posted by albedos_shadow

Yay? I guess?

Posted by TheWesman

Someone remind me again.  Why was this cool?  It's a lobby for a virtual me, that I will get to fill with things that I buy from the Playstation Network Store, right so far?  Or I can get things by unlocking them in my PS3 games.  But not the ones I already own, stuff in the ones coming out next year.  Ok.  So I'll have an apartment in this thing like I do in real life.  I can watch game trailers on my...in game TV.

Hmmm...

Posted by TheHBK

Suck it Sony.

Posted by Jaded

Sony is going to get reamed when this launches. Whoop-dee-do, a 3D chat room with "uncanny valley"-ugly avatars.  As for the "movie theater" it takes longer for the movie to load than it does to watch. But then PSN servers have always been incredibly slow for me.

I just think this is way way WAY over-hyped at this point.

Posted by Pibo47

Yeah...im not exactly excited about this. I hate all the avatar type bullshit.

Posted by Systech

What we've been waiting for?

Posted by Chupathingy

It had better be amazing, or else they really screwed the pooch.

Posted by bombHills

I am excited to check it out, but I won't be spending my gaming time on Home.

Posted by Bucketdeth

Awesome finally something to look forward to thats free, hope it`s good.

Posted by malxmusician212

Sony doesn't have any great exclusives anymore, except LBP and MGS (not sony for long), so they gave up on games and are creating miscellaneous stuff like this, looks good, but i'd rather play a game, it's a 3D social program, you don't see any of those words in 'video GAMEs'

Posted by tekmojo

*crosses fingers*

Posted by Tomzombie

i wish the game would have top hats and monocles

Posted by Brackynews

tagged: goodluckwiththat

Posted by pong

Whoever decorated that room sure knows how to put furniture. Love how he stacks those random tables into a crazy tower.

Posted by OmegaPirate

Bloody hell so many haters and not one of them has a clue :s

The internet is such a cruel cruel place
Posted by TooWalrus

Yeah, can we please all set our focus on Duke Nukem. Maybe we can lure him out somehow...

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Posted by Impossibilium

Do you like sitting? Do you like standing around? Do you like standing around watching the same game trailer playing on a loop? Do you like watching teenage avatars trying to hit on anything that looks like it might be a girl? Do you like watching PS3 users trying to impress girls by making their avatar dance right in front of a what might be a girl's nose? Would you rather read abuse in neat little speech bubbles instead of just on voice chat?

Do you hate having furniture? Do you like moving furniture really slowly? Do you like paying for clothing that isn't real?

Do you like running? What about running back and forth trying to figure out how Sony have spent almost two years and all they've done so far is make 5 rooms? Would you rather chase after a figure that looks just like you so you can send them a message instead of just pulling up a quick list and hitting send?

Do you like performing cool stunts with in game vehicles?*

If so, then congratulations! You just found a new Home! Hurrah!


* this is a lie.

Posted by Media_Master

I'm not sold on Home yet..

Posted by TwoOneFive

worth the wait isn't really a matter in my opinion. i don't think anyone was really waiting for it. but now that i have the beta, i like it and i think its a nice addition. as soon as i'm able to load my room full of my trophies it will be awesome. 

Posted by dtran1212

man, it seems like everything sony does these days people will find something to bitch at. Just wait until the damn thing comes out and if it happens to flop than talk trash about it all you want to, but as of right now, please please keep your fanboism to yourself

Posted by Fighter21

eh, i think ill just be entertained by this for merely an hour before i move back to playing games.

Posted by BawlZINmotion

Any practical game related use Home would have is a wash because it's a program that needs to load. How many honestly want to start an application so they can just boot a game? People wanting to play will just bypass Home unless certain features require it as a launch point. Which in that case Sony deserves a bitch slap for requiring people to load Home for them in the first place. What gamers on the PS3 need is a toolset that allows for fast, effective and meaningful game operation and management, not a pseudo MMO. Unless Sony offers a NXE Guide-like feature (when necessary) for use during game play I think Home will be relegated to a social networking novelty.

It is free though, can't complain about that.

Posted by pikadeth

I have the Home Beta and the thing is just pointless unless you really like doing the robot with a large group of people just to block a staircase or playing so-so bowling and pool games.

Posted by LordelX

I'm also of the opinion that since Home is free, I don't really feel Sony owes us an incredible experience. I think that it will get better with time...it's a cool distraction for now...and it's free.

Posted by redgauss

I did the beta and I was not impressed. The whole concept of home is to get people playing games right? Why are they making matchmaking and the whole online experience more cumbersome than it already is? Bad move Sony.

Posted by LiquidPrince

Meh. Still don't really see a point for this. Will be a good little distraction but otherwise whatever...

Posted by Snail

NO WAY! AT LAST SONY! I thought it was gonna be 2009... What about Europe though?

Posted by KAGE273

CHAR! Free download right...
How many gig will it be ive used a shit load of bandwith already...
Plus HD space. Cant wait though its gona rock

Posted by StickyMicky

sounds like "second life" ?

Posted by coakroach

Pants off boys! Lets dance!
...
You can take your pants off in Home right?

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