“ Manufacturer: Sony / Release Date: 2008 „
I loved the idea of playstation home as it was a complete virtual world where you could reinvent your self and be the person you wanted to be, but is this fakery really what people want. it was a great idea that you could go online meet up with your friends chat walk about and play a variety of games, but in order to access each area you need to download more data, in order to "fit in" you need to either spend money or spend a lot of time completing challenges, in such a way where its fun its also restrictive. it was an fun idea maintained the novelty value but that faded almost as quick as it was gained. there is then the safety factor of simply you dont know who your talking to, and it could quite possibly make you become attached and give out to much personal information. in all i think its a great idea but would need a lot of work in order to take off.
This was a concept that I was genuinely excited by, let's face it, since we all played our C64's or spectrums most of us have considered the idea that we would have our own avatar in our own social world where we looked how we wanted and acted how we pleased within reason of course.
Home looked like this could be a launch platform for this somewhat childish escapism, if it was brought out prior to MMOPRGS like WoW or other social platforms like Facebook! By the time Home was launched most people who would have an interest in this type of program were already hooked up to Facebook and twitter to satisfy their social needs and if they want to decorate a house they can, and may well have been playing, sims. If they feel the need to dress an avatar in bizarre cloths then then likes of wow and rift will cover that need.
Home was years too late IMO and the fact you have to pay for furniture and additional clothes just seems tacky for a system Sony seemed over the moon to launch. I like a few ideas and love the concept of the bowling, the cinema for trailers is great and the main hub looks good however many sections take way too long to load although that may be the poor internet connection available to most of the UK rather than the software.
Sony will make money off the advertising "in game" they could have made a lot more if they had decided to have more free furniture and clothes available for in game rewards or even as extras if you happen to purchase a game. Like a CoD tshirt if you purchased the game, this would drive people to Home to see their new gear and would help increase their advertising audience. It's been months since I looked at home, maybe they do this now however how many people like me looked at the initial months of home and decided it wasn't worth the long load times to have to endure someone trying to sell me a couch for an imaginary house?
Playstation home i think is a alright feature. Of course you need PSN to acces this but if have got it then it can be fun for a while but then it gets a bit broing i think. Basically all it is, is a interactive world where you start at a house and you exit to meet people and get invlived in activities witch are not many. You can buy extra things for you Home like player accessories new features but if i was you i would not pay for things on the feature. So in my opinion this is ok if your bored because it will be fun for a few hours then it becomes just the same which is walking around and meeting people. The best thing about this is when you can go up to people and do a funny dance for them which i think is pretty cool.
You will need to have Playstation Network if you want to access this feature. You create a character, a virtual you or whoever you want. You customize them, appearance, clothes etc...There are lot's of customization options that let you customize your character to the way you want him or her to look. You can also decorate your house.
The Playstation Home is great for socializing. You can talk to friends, meet new friends and play games with other people. There are a lot of games to play including snooker, bowling and arcade games. These can be played on your own or with friends. Decorating your house if fun and you can upgrade your house, buy new furniture, move furniture and customize it to make it look awesome! You can also invite friends round to your house and have a party and chat.
The graphics are very realistic and it is very detailed and textured. When you first load up a place, the sprites take a while to load, the background is fine but the people do not show apart from little see through shadows. This should be fixed and it annoying. Considering the fact that hundreds of people are sometimes connected in the same place, it would be difficult to remove this bug but if it is possible to be fixed, it should be fixed as this is one of the biggest disadvantages of Playstation Home.
Another bad thing is that most of the time, you have to pay for furniture for your house. You can win some by playing games but a lot of time you have to buy furniture with real money. This is a bad thing and they should make more furniture available free via winning games. New clothes also cost money. Also, some can be won free but most of the time, you have to pay real money for them. The price is also very high. People who are going to go on this a lot and use this as a "game" may buy these but people who are just here to socialize only should not pay for clothes or furniture, etc...
The control system is simple and it is easy to chat. There is very tight moderation on the chat system and if you swear, are rude or abusing anyone in any way, then you may get a suspension from Playstation Network. You can also do interactive hand gestures including hand waves and you can also dance and a lot more. It's a good place to socialize and it free which is a good thing, but not a lot of the stuff you can get in it are free. Good for socializing and playing games, but not for buying and decorating. You can also go to the cinema and watch movies and trailers which is a good feature.
Playstation home is an interesting beast. On the one hand its a revolutionary social networking tool allowing any user on the playstation network to interact in a 'sims' style virtual world. These meeting take place in a very convincing and immersive collection of areas from flying school to shopping malls, movie theatres, mini games and apartments. One the other hand its a huge money pit, endlessly offering you chances to spend huge amounts in small increments.
Shops will supply you with houses, clothes, costumes, accessories, in fact everything you can imagine. This does offer a lot of scope for making your avatar reflect your character but for most the thrill of HOME seems to die quite quickly.
Unfortunately home has been spoiled for me somewhat by the number of users intent on meeting girls. Yes you just ignore it but 'a/s/l?' gets old when your only there to play chess (which, by the way is brilliant on HOME)
HOME is definitely worth a look. Even if its not your thing you'll be amazed at the scale and execution of sony's impressive online world. Super fast frame rates keep everything smooth and glitches are fixed very quickly by the team of HOME staff, who run a very good forum to listen to the needs of PS3 users.
Sony had an idea that you could have your entire community log on to a sever and interact with one another. So they developed a 3d virtual world, a perfect meeting place for you to meet up with friends and make new ones!
So first off you will need to download Playstation home. Easy peasy, an install which is about 200mb, and then a reserve of about 4gb for all the other stuff you can download and add.
So once you have downloaded and installed Playstation Home make sure you're connected to the internet. Then select home from your PS3's home screen (Where you choose video/music/games etc) . Home with then start, and your first task awaits, that's right you need to make a virtual you. So choose from a number of pre designed styles of hair, faces, eyes and everything else to make your 3d you. Once your in 3dyour ready to furnish your home. Yes you have a 3d apartment too. Stick sofas and other things all over the place. This has a sort of Sims feel to it.
So invite friends back top your place and chat, or go out into the Home square, arcade, cinema and shopping centre. New areas are being made too.
Home square - A large outdoor area with a stream and adverts playing. Lots of people hang around here so you can talk to anyone. Now you can talk by typing everything out letter by letter, or the other option is to use the pre-defined stuff. Which is basically the more popular or most used things, such as Hi how are you. These are good to get conversations going but lack imagination and realism. So you have to get typing!! Other things you can do is dance, sit down, wave and lots of other weird and wonderful actions. You can also sit down with others and play draughts/chess which is pretty good fun to be honest.
The arcade - is an area where you can play on old arcade games which is pretty funky, you also. You can have a go at bowling too against other players online. This can also be said for pool too. Quite a clever idea really .Your playing a game where you then take control of a virtual you to play another game. Whoa, how much does that mess with your head?
Shopping centre - Are you bored with your current apartment well you can buy new ones. The same goes for your clothing too. Run around the shopping centre and go in and out of all the shops to see if there is anything you like. SO far I bought myself a red hooded top from GAP. This cost me about £1.00 , but items do go upto £5. Which is ok really. Ok I know I bough a virtual me a virtual top. But I just had to, for some reason its really addictive! The graphics are really good and you get to meet friends or make new ones.
Now you can also buy items for your apartment too. So a new sofa maybe??
I love the fact you can buy anything, almost, and customise not only your character but your house, its clever and very inventive. And there is something about it that makes you want to keep going back!!
So when you're online inside home you are mingling with hundreds of real players online at the same time with no lag and its all running in real time. Think of it as a chat room where you are talking to people live but masked by a virtual world and character.
Home has loads of potential, and I have been unable to go on mine for months due to no internet, I'm quite eager to see what updates are available and update my apartment and 3d me!
The only disadvantage I can think of is that it can get boring if you've been on it for a while.
But give it a try, Sony did wonders making this whole world to such a great standard and its only fair you experience it.
I will be the first to admit that Playstation Home didn't have an easy birth, with no activities to do, very small amount of items to purchase and very long loading times. But now Home has been online for a good while now and thankfully all these issues have been fixed and a lot more has been done to make Home a very enjoyable social experience.
First the latest update had added a new navigation menu which makes it a lot easier to find all the latest spaces and what is going on in Home. The loading times have also been drastically improved taking at most 10-15 seconds to load. Also if you haven't been in Home for a while which most people haven't then you can add all the latest spaces to a download queue and once downloaded you can jump straight from one place to another. The Home mall that started with a few t-shirts and chairs has now grown to hundreds of items in many different stores and even Diesel the clothing brand has its own shop with a lot of great looking and stylish items to kit out your avatar.
Now to most important part of Home, things to do. At the beginning there was a pool game a bowling game and a few arcade games. But now there is an amazing amount of spaces ranging from uncharted 2 treasure hunting game, an Audi driving game were you get to drive there newest model with realistic driving. Then there is the wide array of EA activities that range from golf to poker and even a football stadium. Arguably the best spaces in home are the Red Bull air race and flying machine game. The air race game is where you pick one of the planes to fly and race solo between checkpoints trying to get the fastest time. But the thing that makes this game so addicting is you can see all of those days' fastest times and your friends so you are always trying to beat each other. The flying machine game is were you chose one of many different looking machines and try to get it the fastest balancing speed and lift.
Now many people have compared Home to the Xbox equivalent were you wonder around playing paid for arcade games. Now this is cool because you get to play old arcade classics but this comes at a premium. Were as home has a few games were you have were you have to pay but 99% are free and a lot of fun
I'm really only scratching the surface of home because I didn't mention the theatre, personal spaces game launching and many other social experiences. Home truly is the next evolution in social networking.
Sony's Playstation Home feature on the PS3 console is a virtual online world, a bit like Second Life and is a great idea in theory. However, I don't feel that enough has been done with it and the whole concept seems to lack any depth on Sony's part.
The one thing I found very annoying about Playstation Home is the fact that you have to download and install different parts seperately. The PS3 console has similar features itself which can be quite time consuming (downloading and installing updates) which X-Box user's rarely ever have to put up with. Microsoft win in this department.
It also seems that Microsoft may be beginning to take over in the virtual world department too, due their new avatar arrangement for X-Box users which in itself is the same sort of concept.
Playstation Home boasts some good features such as being able to play pool or bowling with other online gamers, though you'll find that most of them decide to leave mid-game which is annoying.
Apart from playing pool and bowling there's not really much else you can do. Although there's a facility to communicate with other people no-one really ever bothers (except for dancing in front of each other) and there's only so many places you can explore. After that it all gets a bit boring but the fantastic concept leaves you wishing there was more to it.
I do know that Sony are expanded the whole virtual online world over time which will require users to download new sections at a time progressively. However, I don't know how long this will take and it's unclear at this stage whether they'll be introducing any new features or games.
PlayStation Home is a great idea, but one that has been poorly implemented by Sony due to their insistence to not charge players, most of whom would probably be willing to pay a few quid if it meant our service were as refined as the brilliant service on Xbox Live.
Home is a vast third-person world created by Sony in which you can control an avatar of your creation, meet with other players, and do things like watch films together and play mini-games like bowling. While it's a great idea, it's been met with crippling delays, and it seems like Sony just don't care about it all that much, to the point where most players have become very apathetic about it.
One thing it has working for it is the visuals; it is a great-looking world that Sony have created, although the loading times do tend to be quite cumbersome. The exterior of the bowling alley especially looks amazing, and there's enough customisation detail that you can look a fair amount like yourself.
While it is fun for a half hour or so to play bowling with some mates, it is ultimately quite an empty novelty that never promotes interactivity with your friends in the way that it should. There's just not much worth sticking around for, and the gamut of options originally suggested have yet to be implemented, rather dispiritedly.
The issue now is that most players are fed up enough with it now that they aren't really interested in Home anymore. Even if Sony handed us a huge update, most of us would shrug, and that's a sign of poor marketing and simply, poor development.
This is a great idea, but it's been handled very badly.
Well this is meant to be a social hub, for a start, noone actually speaks to each other. Personally i don't see the point in this program, theres not much to do, other than play many pointless mini-games in the attempt to beat people who have played the game for countless months before you.
The graphics are fairly amazing, although considering its not in a proper game, its a bit of a letdown, good graphics and a bad game.
Each player gets their own house which they can add furniture and other items too, at hefty prices, about £0.80 per item of furniture, more for luxirious items.
Avatar items such as clothing also cost around £0.80 per item of clothing.
There are several hubs which the player can visit, many based on video game titles available for the PS3 such as, SOCOM, Ratchet and Clank and MotorStorm. At some of these hubs, you can win items such as clothing for your avatar, like a Motorstorm Helmet.
Personally i feel this game seriously lacks purpose, noone rarely speaks to anyone, the mini-games are boring and the items are far too expensive. I really don't understand why anyone would want to play this game, go use Facebook or MySpace if you want social networking, leave this alone.
Also this program takes up over 3gb of free space on your PS3's HDD MINIMUM.
PS3 Home has to be one of the biggest anti-climaxes that game out of the gaming industry. The hype that came with this new and exciting feature when it was first released via an update for the ps3 a few years ago was massive and I remember not being able to wait for the list of features and exciting functions that Home would provide.
I along with all my friends downloaded the beta version, and was bitterly dissapointed, this was just a sorry excuse of a copy of second life something I've never been that intrested in where were the films you were literally meant to be able to watch just by walking into the cinema in Home. All I managed to watch were a couple of trailers for new films that took about half an hour to load. How was this world meant to open up my social and gaming experience with over online players when It took about half an hour to type anything in, and then another 15 minutes to wait for it to send.
And they didn't even try to do anything outgoing with the graphics and characters they were slow and akward moving with no real depth. All in all a bitter dissapointment and I believe one of the only bad features about the whole ps3 system which I think is a fantastic peice of technology.
Home was supposed to be one of the main reasons to buy a PS3, sadly it has taken such a long time to come out, still at least they have perfected it - WRONG...
Firstly 'Home' is an open virtual reality world (much like second life) you get to create your own avatar right down to customized body shape, picking your eye, hair, facial features as well as a variety of clothing and accessories. You also get your own pad which can be fully decorated. When you leave your pad you enter a central plaza where you can chat with hundreds of other visitors, dance/do conga lines and all manner of other things. The plaza also features video points where you can watch trailers for upcoming movies and games. There is also a mall where you can purchase various items and extra virtual goodies such as furnture and even brand new swanky houses. Sadly this whole experience feels very lacking and falls flat, there is very little to do and i found my interest sapping after about 30mins.. There is huge potential for this and is they get on ball with regular updates and a lot more activities it will go from strength to strength. Graphics are beautiful.
After all that waiting PS3 Home was here but it was not completed it was the beta version. PS3 Home is a virtual world where you create your character and socialise with other PS3 Home users across the world by playing games such as snooker and bowling.
When you first go to PS3 Home Beta you will have to personlise your character any way you want like eye colour, hair style and even what t-shirt you want to where in the virtual world. After creating your character its time to go to your apartment where you will find you can personlise your house any way you want.
Next you step out into the virtual world of PS3 Home it always takes a couple of minutes to load the virtual world up after you have stepped out your appartment. Once you are out there you see other people standing about talking to people. In PS3 Home there is a cinema where you can see the latest film trailer, a shopping centre where you can buy things to personlise yourself or your house, a bowling alley where you play bowling or pool or even arcade game and of course the plaza where you chat to people.
PS3 Home has let me down a bit though i was all hyped up for this virtual world, but instead its disapointing there is not enough to do around you it can get a bit boring after a hour or two. Although you can make people laugh by doing crazy dancing such as the rave dance it does get too repetive.
So altogether in my opinion this isnt something PS3 should be totally proud of but with a bit of pollishing and more things you can do this can be a worldwide success. I would advise you to try it because this is just my opinion you may think this virtual world is amazing. But after all that time waiting i feel i have wasted my time on PS3 Home.
Playstation Home is a virtual world developed exclusively for the Playstation 3, is it really good enough to be your second home?
First of all you will have to download Playstation Home which is free, all is well so far. Once you have selected to download it from your Playstation XMB you will have around 200mb of data to download but Home will reserve a massive 4GB of hard drive space for itself, which is pretty significant if you are using a 40GB or even 60GB Playstation 3.
Once you are in Home you create your avatar, you can pick between a guy or a girl and can customize your characters to look pretty much however you want, sort of like the Sims. There are only a small selection of clothes to wear though, you will find out why when you log on to home!
Once you start you will appear in your own apartment, you can invite friends to your apartment or just sit there and do nothing. There are many hubs for you to visit luckily like Home Square, Arcade, Cinema, Shopping Centre and numerous game spaces.
The Home Square is where everyone usually first goes, its a central hub with access to everything in Home, the apartments and so on. You can also play chess and draughts with others here which is pretty fun. The Shopping Centre is the reason your selection of clothes is limited, they expect you to go and purchase clothes for your virtual avatar costing from 79p per item and going over the £5 if you want a nicer home! You can also buy things for your apartment. The arcade is probably the most fun place in home, there are arcade machines for you to play on along with a bowling alley and pool tables.
Another aspect of Home is the interaction with others, every other player in
Home is a real person. You can talk to them using text chat. Voice chat is only available for friends and you have to phone them up. Your avatar will also do basic emotes like thumbs up, waves, dances.
It's not the most interesting place to hang out but if you're bored it can be fun for a little while!
Playstation home was the long awaited virtual environment produced by Sony for the Playstation 3.
It's free to download & play the main program (doesn't take too long) and subsequent sections are downloaded whilst in game. You're first asked to create an avatar to represent you in the world, it's pretty customisable and there are a range of free clothes and items you can choose from.
The main area of the 'game' is the central hub, this is where you can access other areas (though you can use a shortcut menu from anywhere too) and meet other people who are milling about. Communication is via text (I'm not sure if it supports voice, I don't have a mic so have't tried it... I don't remember anyone else speaking though), which can be a bit annoying to enter unless you have one the new add-on keyboards for the playstation controller.
Whilst in the 'game' you get to take part in a number of different activities including watching adverts/videos in the cinema or on the big screen in the hub, bowling, pool, chess, chequers and you can also have a go at the Red Bull flying game where it recreates the famous Red Bull flying challenge.
There have been a bunch of game specific areas released for the game and you can visit these, examples include a scene from Far Cry 2 and Sully's bar from Uncharted.
Sony make their money for this through the in-game purchases you can make. You get a house (well it's an apartment really), that you can furnish and whilst you're given some items free you have to pay for the more elaborate stuff, and it isn't cheap. I've never purchased anything as I think it's all a bit of a rip off but apparently loads of other people do as it's making Sony millions. You can also buy new clothes and I think gadgets that you can leave lying around (you get a bubble machine for free).
To be honest, after my first few goes I didn't really bother going back, I may pop in now and then to have a look at the new updates but other than that there's little to keep me going back. I suppose if I had friends who used it too there might be more reason for me to go there but since none of my friends have a PS3 it doesn't really apply... Still, it's FREE!
A 3D social gaming service available from your playstation store.