Coming to a PS3 near you…someday.
Sony is constantly thinking of great ways to get the Playstation 3 ahead in the market. With continuous updates and growing support the console has gained ground and momentum since its launch. Sony’s announcement of Home gave people another reason to expect huge things from Sony Computer Entertainment. Sony has shown off Home as having many areas to visit in its virtual community. From a theater to game related spaces, the possibilities are endless for Home. But as promising as Home is now, is it truly ready to exceed expectations?
The beta of Home is simply an application that you launch from your XMB. After which you are in the virtual environment. Now this works for awhile, but why will people continue to go in to Home after the initial excitement wears off? Why would you go in to Home to go to the Playstation Store if you can get there simply from the XMB? After people make up their mind about it and know what it is, visits will tremendously drop off and then Home will look like an Ol’ West ghost town. This can easily be fixed. There is a way that Sony can ensure people visit all the time. What is this simple solution? How can Sony ensure high visits and continuous community involvement?
Tired of hanging out at the real mall? Try hanging out at the fake one with Playstation Home!
When you press the ‘PS’ button on your controller to turn on your PS3 instead of it auto starting a disc, or going to the XMB, it could automatically launch Home. Home has most XMB features and game launching is available from home. Features aren’t available in Home can easily be accessed by simply pressing the ‘PS’ button again. While some gamers may not like being forced into Home, the fact is that some people will wander around and keep Home alive and thriving.
Surely Sony has some big plans for Home. After so many delays, Sony has a point to prove and expectations to exceed. With the upcoming release of the Home Beta 1.0, more applicants will experience the virtual community known as Home. Whenever Sony decides to make Home an open beta, expect a unique rewarding experience with the possibility of a surprise or two.