Two Years Of PlayStation Home Evolution

Sony's PlayStation Home virtual world launched two years ago tomorrow with nine games, 114 virtual items and 25 community events. On the eve of its second anniversary, PlayStation Home is much, much bigger.

At launch PlayStation Home wasn't nearly as interesting as we thought it would be when we first broke the news of its existence back in March of 2007. There were a handful of mini-games, a few items to purchase to customise your avatar, but on the whole it felt like a very expensive way to expose people to PlayStation 3 game advertising.

In a post on the PlayStation Blog this morning PlayStation Home director Jack Buser shows off how much the service has changed with the large graphic you see below. More than 7000 virtual items, 600 events and a large number of games.

And they aren't just mini-games any more. Games like the recently released space shooter Novus Prime and Mass Media's Midway have delivered full game experiences to the platform. Buser says there are more to come as well, with Jet Set Games' corporate espionage game Conspiracy and Outsu's futuristic racer Sodium 2 on the horizon.

Have you been to PlayStation Home lately?

PlayStation Home Turns Two, New Games Incoming [PlayStation Home]


    and yet theres still absoloutely no reason to use home

    I tried it when it first came out, was bored at how sterile and empty and pointless it was.

    Fast forward to last week when setting up my replacement PS3, and I tried it out again. Still bored at how sterile and empty and pointless it is. Sure, there's plenty of things to burn real money on, but... WHY?!?

      I'll add that I like to buy avatar items for Live- my avatar is currently dressed as a Snowtrooper- but the thing is, your avatar is everywhere. Your friends see it when they look at their friends list, I see it when I'm playing Kinect games, Guitar Hero, etc.

      Home avatars are... in Home. That's it. They don't even show up in the XMB!

        (And now a third comment, proving I should really think before posting)

        I think the only possible hope for Home to not be awful is to actually integrate it into the PS3 experience. Build the XMB IN Home, have your friends list IN Home... no loading screens, when you boot the PS3 up bam you're in Home, and you can see your character hanging out while you're scrolling through menus. Kind of like in Test Drive Unlimited, how you can see your character lounging around while you're at your home bases.

        You shouldn't have to load up Home to appreciate the money you've spent on clothes and the like. It should all be right there on your XMB like Live's Avatars are.

        Taking the Home experience out of its tiny little tucked-away corner of the PSN and using it as the host for your gaming experience is pretty much the only way I think it could be interesting.

    17 million users... 16 million of them are non-active

    I believe that Waffle's (3rd) post was actually how Sony originally conceived Home would be- 'fully integrated into the Playstation experience' with the open world sandboxing for hanging out with your PSN friends, watching movies, launching into and inviting to games, etc etc. And its a great concept. Groundbreaking and wonderful and many other superlatives. Interactive themes and avatar changes would be fine- think of the VR parts of Heavy Rain- and being able to walk up to a random aquaintance-dressed up like Soap McTavish- in a Black Ops lobby to invite them to kill people alongside you, is achievable and desirable to many.

    What has been done with Home so far, however, is underwhelming and what they WILL do with it is unclear. I downloaded Home first day, played around a bit- more than many, esp on Red Bull race- but 2 years on I am not sure if it is officially out of beta stage or what.

    As an Xbox owner I'm actually jealous of Home it looks like a cool idea, like second life for consoles I guess

    As most people above, I tried it when it first came out, but it is just beyond boring. There really isn't anything good about it, and the prices for a piece of clothing or furniture (for a house that no one else will ever see) is just unbelievable!

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