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Avatar ImageIs Home Ready for Success?
By: | November 20th, 2008
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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.

  1. avatar Jontay

    Home is something special, and the community there is passionate and strong willed. If you actually had the Beta instead of printing a crappy story on the day 1.0 is released, with old news, you’d know this already.

    To my Homies, I salute you.

    The battle with Microsoft is already won.

  2. avatar MITCH

    YOUR AN IDIOT, HOME WILL FAIL

  3. avatar seedaripper1973

    @ MITCH
    We will see, who the real idiot is soon…

  4. avatar Amphlett

    @ Mitch
    I think you’ll find your comment should read “You’re an idiot, Home will fail.”. Is English your fist language?

  5. avatar Steve

    His english is fine and thats coming from someone whi is actually english so qualified to talk about the language! and is it his fist language? dont you mean first? and there is no battle with microsoft, people like what they like, microsoft arent going away and im glad. i have both consoles so am completely unbiased but until killzone my ps3 is collecting serious dust… and home wont fail it’ll just be boring. sony are a hardware company not a software company first and foremost, and its quite blatant, home will be a mess

  6. avatar Rich

    @Steve – I’m not “English” but even I can find so many things wrong with YOUR reply.

  7. Avatar Image Dan

    @Steve: Technically Amphlett was right. You are = you’re.

    Regardless, take it easy guys. No need need to fight over poor grammar. It’s just the internet.

  8. avatar Johnny

    If Home Fails then playstation will fail badly!!!they will need to come up with something better to get back up.

  9. avatar PantherDST

    Everybody commenting here sounds like the entire fate of the PS3 system rests upon whether or not Home succeeds. Personally, I think home will be a nice addition to the system but it will not determine the consoles outcome.

    I think Home will be just another application that is available, making the PS3 unique. For example I think Life with Playstation is a cool app but I do not use it everyday. I also rarely use the picture and music functions available on the system but they are there anytime I want to use them. People can also video chat with friends on the PS3 but I will likely never do along with many others. Just because I do not use these functions does not mean that others will also avoid using them. The same will hold true for Home. Some people will use the application all the time, and others, like me will use it on occasion. BUT THAT DOES NOT THE MEAN THE PS3 IS DOOMED. Nonetheless, I look forward to creating my avatar and personnel space in Home when it is released.

  10. avatar D3vi0ust0NY

    hey i thought of this same exact idea on an internet forum about 2 months ago. I said that when your ps3 starts it should automatically go into Home and make Home an actual part of the UI.

    That will be soooo much better than Microsoft’s gay “Xbox Experience”

  11. avatar David Macphail

    I’m pretty sure that Home will be more of a success than the NXE was anyway.

    After all…..Home won’t come with a bug that gives 80% of PS3′s the Red Light Of Death!

    Microsoft should’ve stuck to making PC software…..they try to actually build a piece of hardware and look what happens! Is there a SINGLE Xbox 360 owner who HASN’T had their 360 blow up in their face??? I thought not………….

  12. avatar Adam

    What does NXE have to do with success?

    Microsoft didn’t make it to impress they developed it for a different look and feel, for the dashboard to be more alive.

    MS is smart by not wanting to make their console a sims replica. Consoles are suppose to be for entertainment, as in watching movies, playing music and gaming. Not some social place where you spend 8 hours a day pretending like you’re picking up a girl in a virtual mall.

    Please post smart, not out of your love for the competition.

    As far as Home goes, I think that Sony will be happy with the results, as I think many people including my self will have a lot of fun in Home. It’s definitely a great concept, and just like MS they are giving people an extra feature to play around with, they don’t care for it’s success there is nothing to succeed in just like with the NXE it’s a required update that will be a part of our console. Whether we like it or not.

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  13. avatar Kevin

    @ Mich
    There is nothing wrong!?!?!
    why did microsoft invent crapbox360!?!?!
    Isn’t there 1 xbox that does start burning by itself??
    In front of the owner
    microsoft should stick to making PC’s

  14. avatar *Unknown*

    PS3′s Home will be a giant Success. I am in the closed beta and love it. After the loss of the 360 in the format war, the fail of NXE, and the largest system failure of any console in gaming history, i think all you little Xbox fanboys should be worried.

  15. Unknown get out of here with your lame comments. Keep it a professional opinion please.

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