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Let's Stay Home Tomorrow

Sony's virtual space for avatar excitement to go wide on December 11.

Virtual jeans for your virtual dude!
While it's still technically being classified as an open beta, Sony has announced that PlayStation Home will be available to all users as of tomorrow, December 11. Jack Buser, the director of PlayStation Home, also took some time go over some new features to be found in the PS3's new virtual world.

The new stuff includes a four-player minigame called Saucer Pop, where avatars get into UFOs and fly up to pop bubbles while avoiding bombs. The jukebox feature works on a voting system and all players will hear the song that gets the most votes.

Buser's communique also talks about what still seems like the driving factor behind PlayStation Home: product placement and branding. Activision, Disney, Eidos, EA, LucasArts, THQ, Ubisoft, Sony Pictures, Paramount, Red Bull, Ligne Roset, and Diesel are all going to be a part of Home. Some of this stuff has already surfaced in the form of Diesel clothing stores and spaces devoted to specific games.

The Red Bull area will feature an air race game. Here's some video of that in action:

  


It's going to be very interesting to see how the world reacts to PlayStation Home tomorrow.
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Posted by Jeff
Virtual jeans for your virtual dude!
While it's still technically being classified as an open beta, Sony has announced that PlayStation Home will be available to all users as of tomorrow, December 11. Jack Buser, the director of PlayStation Home, also took some time go over some new features to be found in the PS3's new virtual world.

The new stuff includes a four-player minigame called Saucer Pop, where avatars get into UFOs and fly up to pop bubbles while avoiding bombs. The jukebox feature works on a voting system and all players will hear the song that gets the most votes.

Buser's communique also talks about what still seems like the driving factor behind PlayStation Home: product placement and branding. Activision, Disney, Eidos, EA, LucasArts, THQ, Ubisoft, Sony Pictures, Paramount, Red Bull, Ligne Roset, and Diesel are all going to be a part of Home. Some of this stuff has already surfaced in the form of Diesel clothing stores and spaces devoted to specific games.

The Red Bull area will feature an air race game. Here's some video of that in action:

  


It's going to be very interesting to see how the world reacts to PlayStation Home tomorrow.
Posted by CitizenKane

I want to buy a PS3 this month, but I'm still waiting on any word of when a price cut is going to happen to see if it would be better if I wait another couple of months.

Posted by BawaTheGamer

hmm. Lets see how this turns out.

Edited by Pazy

This still seems pointless, if I want to meet people id rather go outside :| Unless these minigames/adver-games are actually worth playing (equal or better than paid for equivelants) I dont think ill ever touch or mention it ever again.

Posted by VilhelmNielsen

Are anyone even excited about this anymore?

Posted by F1

I've been in the beta for a while now. It's great for meeting up with friends and then jumping into games and stuff. I like it!

Posted by Rinkalicous

Wait, so people are going to be forced to listen to music they don't like? I guess this could encourage people to come to a compromise and work together so everyone gets a turn...?

Nah.

Posted by TwoOneFive
Pazy said:
"This still seems pointless, if I want to meet people id rather go outside :|"
its so you can meet people to play playstation 3 with and chat about stuff. and of course if you have lots of friends with ps3's its a great place to chat with them as well. i found it to be much more fun with friends. 
my reaction to it now has been simple OKAY, but the problem for me is that there hasn't been any features in the closed beta, just a big open space, some videos on walls and some games to play, i was expecting tons of companies to have exclusive spots throughout home like warhawk and resistance 2 etc. so as soon as that stuff rolls out it will be awesome. 
Posted by get2sammyb

People can say what they want about Home but I have to admit that Red Bull aeroplane game looks amazing.

Look, the way I see it is, it's free. How can you complain about something that's free that you only have to touch if you want to?

Posted by TwoOneFive
get2sammyb said:
"People can say what they want about Home but I have to admit that Red Bull aeroplane game looks amazing.

Look, the way I see it is, it's free. How can you complain about something that's free that you only have to touch if you want to?"
word, the shit is free. why even complain if its not for you. i guarantee you though, no matter when you sign on to home theres always tons of people running around. 
Edited by Death_Burnout

Wow, ok then, i'll certainly try it!...at last.

Posted by Zvarri

I thought Home was a great concept but sorely lacked content.  Looks like that content is coming.  Right on!

Posted by albedos_shadow

Yay. I guess.

Posted by TheHBK

Suck it Sony, this will be interesting and all the backlash as to whether this was worth the hype and wait.  Although I will say Netflix on Xbox is still better.  Like Vinny pointed out yesterday, you can do real things while you have your Xbox pump out 5 seasons of Hercules: the Legendary Journeys

Posted by GHT

If they don't add goatee's in then I'm not gonna be happy.

virtual me with a mustache is creepier than real me with a mustache.

Posted by jervo

I've been in the beta since November; it's pointless.  I bet in the Sony pitch meeting it sounded totally awesome, but in practice it's basically you running around looking at commercials with a bunch of other digital strangers.  Maybe it's more practical to communicate with friends if you have a headset or a chatpad, but if you're a PS3 owner without those 2 tools (as I am), it's pretty useless.  It also takes some time to load each area, so it's not a seamless experience.  I'm curious to see where Sony is going to do with it, though; I'd certainly like it to be better than what it currently is.

Posted by halfameatball

I see myself getting this tomorrow....playing with it for an hour....then going to play Left 4 Dead

Edited by TwoOneFive
TheHBK said:
"Suck it Sony, this will be interesting and all the backlash as to whether this was worth the hype and wait.  Although I will say Netflix on Xbox is still better.  Like Vinny pointed out yesterday, you can do real things while you have your Xbox pump out 5 seasons of Hercules: the Legendary Journeys"
ps3 has already established it's own movie service, it wouldn't make sense for them to scratch all that for netflix instead. besides, getting the movie on blu-ray is wayyyy better than streaming poor quality versions, i have net-flix and get blu-rays in the mail, and they come with the special features, and if i want to actually OWN downloadable movies you can only do that with PS3. 
jervo said:
"I've been in the beta since November; it's pointless.  I bet in the Sony pitch meeting it sounded totally awesome, but in practice it's basically you running around looking at commercials with a bunch of other digital strangers.  Maybe it's more practical to communicate with friends if you have a headset or a chatpad, but if you're a PS3 owner without those 2 tools (as I am), it's pretty useless.  It also takes some time to load each area, so it's not a seamless experience.  I'm curious to see where Sony is going to do with it, though; I'd certainly like it to be better than what it currently is."
the areas take like 10-20 seconds to load, they're big and, of course, in nice 3D graphics, so i'd say thats pretty seamless. also yes it is a much much much better experience with a headset or a keyboard.....and why the hell don't you have a headset if you are playing online?!?!?
Posted by Clockswork

Stupid...

Posted by Lewis

I  like the idea of a virtual environment to meet up with friends and stuff, could be funny, but given its a virtual environment and they could have let there imagination run wild, the environment looks extremely stale, just seems like one of those hyper-commercial beach resorts which are built in 6 months and lack any real character, am I alone in this opinion? 

Posted by AllanIceman

I'll be home tomorrow.

Posted by StaticFalconar

I'll be there, and when it comes out, it will either be a major disappointment or my next best friend.

Posted by lamegame621

Damn. This thing has taken way too long. Granted, I don't have a PS3. But still, it looks still kindof cool.

Edited by ZmillA

"I  like the idea of a virtual environment to meet up with friends and stuff, could be funny, but given its a virtual environment and they could have let there imagination run wild, the environment looks extremely stale, just seems like one of those hyper-commercial beach resorts which are built in 6 months and lack any real character, am I alone in this opinion?"

nope

Edited by Sanj

People keep saying that they'd "rather go outside and meet people", but what's the difference between this and say...posting on an internet forum/comments section of an article? I mean, why don't you just go outside and talk there instead of coming here? Why even use facebook or myspace? It's just a 3D hub for people to meet and play games...

Posted by Endogene
Sanj said:
It's just a 3D hub for people to meet and play games."
Perhaps people can meet up and play games but Home is also the most sickening marketing tool there is...
Posted by PLWolf

I will be there with bells on. FINALLY!!

Posted by Hexpane

Is that superman 64?  FLY THROUGH RINGS?  Go fuck yourself sony.  What good is HOME without Everquest Online Adventures 2, or WoW or Justice League Online?  Without MMOs home is pointless nonsense.  Weee lets sit around and ask each other R U REEEL GRRRLLL????? TITS!!!!

Posted by RawShark

Ever since I saw an advert for a Samsung phone on the walls of a supposedly "grimy rock dive bar" in Guitar Hero III, I've been against in-game advertising. I only really liked the use of billboards in Crackdown to try and shift me a copy of Deathproof. It almost did, but then I remembered that it's shit.

The entire concept of buying a PS3, and having other companies try to sell you stuff through your purchase sickens me.

Posted by zophar53
Posted by Gameboi

I'll be there. I wasn't in the other beta, so it's a curiosity thing.

Posted by JoelTGM

Wow, the first thing you see is Red Bull advertising?  They've loaded it up to the brim with advertising.  I don't know about you, but I wouldn't want that crap in my home.

Posted by ScottEFresh

Why are you people bitching about advertising?  It's free so STFU!

Edited by get2sammyb
Sanj said:
"People keep saying that they'd "rather go outside and meet people", but what's the difference between this and say...posting on an internet forum/comments section of an article? I mean, why don't you just go outside and talk there instead of coming here? Why even use facebook or myspace? It's just a 3D hub for people to meet and play games..."
You're spot on.

Endogene said:
"Sanj said:
It's just a 3D hub for people to meet and play games."
Perhaps people can meet up and play games but Home is also the most sickening marketing tool there is..."
If it was a choice between seeing that "SPOTLIGHT" advert load up on the NXE every time I turn on my console or flying Red Bull planes through hoops -- I'd pick the planes every time. And let us not forget, I DON'T EVEN HAVE TO GO TO THE RED BULL HOME SPACE IF I'M SO OUTRAGED WITH THE ADVERTISING.

Gah did you guys stop watching TV aswell? I mean, advertising seems to get you SO mad. I'm all for creative advertising here. I'll never buy a Red Bull (keeps me awake at night) but I'll happily fly their digital planes.

I honestly do understand the scepticism and the criticism but like I've said a bajillion times already - you don't have to use it. It can sit there on your XMB like your "Life With Playstation" button and you need ever, ever, ever click on it.

I personally am quite excited to see what the likes of Disney etc. put on there.

EDIT: Oh and while I'm here - can I stop hearing this "dud0rz 360 haz Netflix its betterz than bluray" - get with the picture people... most of the world doesn't even have Netflix yet.

EDIT 2: And yes I will continue to keep defending Home because I think people are being unrealistically unfair on it. If Sony were saying this is £9.99, dude if Sony were saying this is £4.99 or whatever... I'd totally not buy it and I'd be outraged. But I repeat again - it's FREE. How the hell can you complain about freebies that you never have to use?

I mean you guys must turn down free promotional items they hand out in the streets too right? "Blatant advertising, ghastly company".
Posted by Media_Master

don't know...

Posted by dtran1212

honestly, i don't really care much for Home, but its free so whatevs...if it happens to be awesome, great, if it happens to suck, it doesn't really make a difference to me.

Posted by TaintedSun

@ jervo - That's what I like to hear, someone who has been using it and has a real opinion. Thank you.

Posted by Milkman

I was in the closed beta. I made a dude then walked around the apartment. I then tried to go to the plaza, which brought up a download screen...OFF! Definitely was not interested in the beta. Maybe my tune will change now that everyone is in on it.

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Posted by pause422

yeah lets not.

Posted by JDM006

Hopefully it will be a good addition for the PS3. I haven't gotten to use it in the previous betas, but it sounds pretty cool.  Maybe it will give xbox live some meaningful competition finally

Posted by GHT

to color peoples expectations, after spending an hour making a virtual me, I sat down alone in my empty virtual apartment staring out a window and noticed that I was doing the exact same thing in real life, and somehow my avatar began to weep.

also, I had a bubble machine.

Posted by BiggerBomb

On paper, it sounds like a bad idea. In practice? We'll see. I don't have a PS3 and I have no intention on getting one, yet I'm interested in seeing how this turns out.

Posted by Kraznor

Only played the Beta once. Seems very bland and useless but thats probably because I don't know anyone else with a PS3 so it was just me and a bunch of strangers watching SOCOM featurettes and Far Cry 2 trailers. Fun.

Posted by Karmann

if blatant advertising means free games "like that air-race thing, COUNT ME IN !

Posted by addictedtopinescent

It looks kinda cool I guess, I'll see when I buy a PS3. 

Posted by sofakingcool

Does anyone really care...... I mean really care?

Edited by TheJadeAngel

If anyone wants me i'll be doing laps in a little Edge 540 .  All you nay sayers can go eat a fat one !

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get2sammyb
on Dec. 10, 2008
Sanj said:
"People keep saying that they'd "rather go outside and meet people", but what's the difference between this and say...posting on an internet forum/comments section of an article? I mean, why don't you just go outside and talk there instead of coming here? Why even use facebook or myspace? It's just a 3D hub for people to meet and play games..."
You're spot on.

Endogene said:
"Sanj said:
It's just a 3D hub for people to meet and play games."
Perhaps people can meet up and play games but Home is also the most sickening marketing tool there is..."
If it was a choice between seeing that "SPOTLIGHT" advert load up on the NXE every time I turn on my console or flying Red Bull planes through hoops -- I'd pick the planes every time. And let us not forget, I DON'T EVEN HAVE TO GO TO THE RED BULL HOME SPACE IF I'M SO OUTRAGED WITH THE ADVERTISING.

Gah did you guys stop watching TV aswell? I mean, advertising seems to get you SO mad. I'm all for creative advertising here. I'll never buy a Red Bull (keeps me awake at night) but I'll happily fly their digital planes.

I honestly do understand the scepticism and the criticism but like I've said a bajillion times already - you don't have to use it. It can sit there on your XMB like your "Life With Playstation" button and you need ever, ever, ever click on it.

I personally am quite excited to see what the likes of Disney etc. put on there.

EDIT: Oh and while I'm here - can I stop hearing this "dud0rz 360 haz Netflix its betterz than bluray" - get with the picture people... most of the world doesn't even have Netflix yet.

EDIT 2: And yes I will continue to keep defending Home because I think people are being unrealistically unfair on it. If Sony were saying this is £9.99, dude if Sony were saying this is £4.99 or whatever... I'd totally not buy it and I'd be outraged. But I repeat again - it's FREE. How the hell can you complain about freebies that you never have to use?

I mean you guys must turn down free promotional items they hand out in the streets too right? "Blatant advertising, ghastly company". 




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Looks like i'm not the only one that can see the forest amongst all them tree's .  Cheer's get2sammyb ,... Wanna race haha
Posted by Verge

I got a beta invite recently, I tried it out to have a look at it. I really couldn't see the point to it at all, its a sluggish experience where you end up spending most of your time looking at download and loading bars. Its just full of adds. In my opinion it was wasted resources and effort, and fails to improve the online experience in a meaningful way.

Posted by TwoOneFive
Hexpane said:
"Is that superman 64?  FLY THROUGH RINGS?  Go fuck yourself sony.  What good is HOME without Everquest Online Adventures 2, or WoW or Justice League Online?  Without MMOs home is pointless nonsense.  Weee lets sit around and ask each other R U REEEL GRRRLLL????? TITS!!!!"
go fuck yourself sony?!?! what the hell did sony ever do to you?!
Posted by PufferFiz

didn't even get an open beta key like promised...  .__.

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