GDC 07: PS3 gamers to get "trophies"

Sony's new online Home service will feature apartments with virtual "Hall of Fame" that showcases their gaming prowess.

"Is that a Hellghast in your case or are you just happy to see me?"

There's little doubt that the Xbox 360's Gamerscore system can entice console polygamists to spend the night with the platform at the expense of its rivals. After all, when faced with the prospect of playing a game that looks the same and costs the same, why not choose the option that will up what Epic Games' Cliff Bleszinski calls "nerd cred"?

Soon, though, Sony loyalists will literally receive trophies for their own in-game accomplishments.

At a press event last night in San Francisco, Sony Worldwide studios president Phil Harrison unveiled Home, a new online service for the PlayStation 3. Besides avatar-based social networking, Home will sport three-dimensional meeting places, movie theaters, and minigame halls replete with pool and bowling. The service will also give gamers virtual apartments that PS3 owners can decorate with furniture, wallpaper, and Sony-branded electronics.

"Man, that dragon would even impress Anne McCaffrey!"

Home apartments will also come with a "trophy room" in which PS3 gamers can showcase their "gaming accomplishments." Each chamber of honor will have virtual display cases in which users can select fully 3D trophies that will be awarded when a certain milestone in a PS3 game is reached. The awards shown off by Harrison included statuettes for the PlayStation Store games LocoRoco 2 and Super Rub-a-Dub, as well as a Hellghast villain from the forthcoming PS3 Killzone preserved like a heavily armored pheasant under glass.

"How may I glean greater glory from flOw?"

The virtual trophy rooms will be part of a PlayStation Network-wide service Harrison calls "The Hall of Fame." Users will be able to access a vast hall reminiscent of the Star Wars prequels' senate chambers that will allow them to browse trophies from games they have not yet played. They will be able to see their friends' trophies by paying a visit to said colleagues' Home apartments.

Harrison did not mention whether or not all PS3 games, like 360 games, will be required to award trophies. The Hall of Fame feature will launch alongside Home in the US and Europe this fall.

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NoseWeed619
NoseWeed619

They are just so trying to copy the 360 achievement system...and failing.

tg17
tg17

this is gonna be good

Gundam_Fan
Gundam_Fan

You know, for all of you guys complaining about originality... The PS3 now actually has it... motion sensoring and online awards. Tell me a system that has both to prove that those 2 things together don't make it itself original.

Matinee909
Matinee909

Some people seem to think that Nintendo invented 'motion senseors'... Yes they applied them well considering they were the first to do it, but are we really satisfied with the wii? Take that technology and improve on it. You can't complain about rip offs when companys not only take ideas, they make them better, competition between companies is great for gamers.

cloud6541
cloud6541

m33nst33k ur a F***ing idiot..... ps3 had the sixaxes from the start ... stupid ass ..... and the trophie system is similar but not the same.. plus they have blue ray and built in wi-fi .... o what u gonna say now... thats a rip off of wi ..... f***ing idiot.... go die... at least sony has the best failure rate meening lower then gaybox **** since ur a damn idiot HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA idiot

jak_two_ratchet
jak_two_ratchet

who cares if they copied microsoft, its still gonna kick ass

jazzer14
jazzer14

Tropies!! What a idea. Sony arnt coping 360 ffs... It's just a build up to HOME!! :D

gorillaz_3230
gorillaz_3230

For those who claim this is ripping anything off, need to look at their own consoles. It is near impossible to create an idea which has never been touched before. Yes, this trophy system is SIMILAR to xbox live achievements, however, if ideas were never borrowed, there would be no progress. If we were to never "Copy" or whatever, you wouldn't have your xbox live. Trace it back as far as you like. Playstation and Xbox wouldn't be here if it weren't for the Black box, or Atari, or any of those. Just shut up, and maybe take it as a compliment if anything.

eriquo
eriquo

i just dont understand how people think its a ripoff of live. i also dont understand how ppl think sony ripped off the tilt controller. wii and ps3 came out on almost the same day, and the controllers dont function the same at all if you think about it.

LordReithgar
LordReithgar

psgored21 : because Microsoft didn,t copy Nintendo and Sony for the look of it's controll, heck, making a console is copying atari and coleco's. Everyone copies other's good idea's, that's marketing and business strategies, if it works for others, it should work for you too. Sony won't charge for online because they are against the idea (or believe it might attracts more peoples in the end). They are making some mmo style games for Ps3 which are gonna be free as well, saying that Home isn't as good as XBX LVIE when it's not out yet and you have no idea how it's really going to be is silly, anyway, I find these communities thingey a bit dumb. I use my console to play games, not to see who has more points then me or whatsoever, what's the big deal with these achievements and trophies anyway? once you have them, they are useless...

LordReithgar
LordReithgar

Trophies or accomplishment are pointless, I'd rather have Dante's sword as wearable for my avatar as a reward, or unlocking some clothing from a certain caracter from a game you reach the reward with.

tyzwain
tyzwain

Could not agree more Ratchetrulz. I got 360 PS3 n Wii - and play them for different reasons. I agree that the 360 is awesome for achievements (making me play COD4 on veteran...grrr) and now the PS3 gives gamers the chance to do the same.

RatchetRulz
RatchetRulz

jeez, it seems like every thread i go to it turns out to be a pointless console war.. little kids and their "loyalty" to their systems... why does it matter if Ps3 plays better than xbox 360, or Xbox 360 has better games... why cant people understand that they are both GREAT systems... p.s. Get it through your heads.

eminem_trick_01
eminem_trick_01

it's looked like this game will have the ability to challenge players and making dates with playing online games on ps3..

ShadowOfSorrow
ShadowOfSorrow

SPOILERS! Jay Allen, MGS4 didn't cross over. :) As of now, it is a PS3 exclusive. It has yet to be decided, however, if it'll go over to the 360. So it's currently a no-no. Oh, and I do think this is a knock-off (TO AN EXTENT) of the 360 Achievement system. I also own a 360, besides my PS3 and Wii, so don't call me some "damn fanboy".

shismoov
shismoov

Oh, and JayAllen is right on the money! I will be too busy "Gear"ing up for War for the second time that I won't have time to dance around like a fruit on PS home. Sony can GET LOST!

shismoov
shismoov

Finally a SIMS game that I dont have to pay for. LOL.

500_pts
500_pts

i knew killzone would pull through

JayAlan_360
JayAlan_360

WOW... All you people admiring this like its something new. Sony is just trying to one-up on what 360 already has. This is just a virtual "3D" spin-off of the XBox Live Marketplace, each persons Gamer Profiles, their GamerScore, Achievement List, etc. Yeah I applaud Sony for finally coming out with something. Hell they need to with Microsoft releasing Windows Vista Games that allows PC users to play on Xbox Live too. Xbox Live is just getting bigger and bigger. Grand Theft Auto crossed over, Metal Gear crossed over, wont be long before I am fighting a Hellghast on my 360. Or maybe by that time I'll be spending my time fighting as Master Chief and wont have time to look at the PS3 or even think about walking around in a 3D trophy room.

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

ok first of allthe trophies idea sounds kinda cool but i really dont see people going to otehr peoples 'homes' just to view their trophies. It seems like a waste of time and long load screens unless they integrate it into the games itself. Like if you see a user online you should be able to click his name or soemthing to go directly to his trophies. 360 has that so should home. sony is copying so many things from microsoft and nintendo. if they want to expand on it they should keep the good parts of it at least. no one really cares how the picture of the achiement looks like they care about how good that achievment is hence they should implement that style in home trophies also

Some_One_Plays
Some_One_Plays

This is cool and if people think it's for young people only [too kiddie] then Nintendo is doomed. This is a good way to connect, a 3D world away from windows, sheets, etc. Unless a sceptic, no one can't hate this feature.

snax13
snax13

haha...PS3 home is gonna be cool...but Im sure xbox has something up their sleeves like Home...

ufm
ufm

ha ha 360 fans wasted their time with 360. now the ps3 rules

LeTintin
LeTintin

say whatever you want becuse 360 whent down rock bottom in japan and ps3 will kill both wii and 360 when i it comes to the europen market. i'm sorry for my bad spelling but i'm drunk and i'm from sweden lol. say whatever you want but i think that sony solved this in a funnier way than 360 by doing this thing called "home" i'm looking forward to get my hands on this "home"thing in my own hands. by the way the ps3 release is the 23th mars here in sweden please send me an mail and tell me your thougts about ps3 :)

JustWiicredible
JustWiicredible

OMG!!!. My 360 goes right into the bin on the 23rd. How long had Sony kept this secret weapon under wraps for. WOW.

Drt888
Drt888

As we can all see reya10276 is not a fanboy in any way...

reya10276
reya10276

@Odium_Humanis "Everyone that comes after wants to, NEEDS TO , and gets to out-do you..." You can't out do Live Anywhere baby! Hah Hah XBL on PC.

reya10276
reya10276

Damn we just got the News PC Games + 360 Games one unified XBL Account, while still maintaining PC online play for free to those who don't want it, PS Fanboys you too will be assimilated Resistance is Futile! I guess Home+Trophies is not looking that good right about now!

psgored21
psgored21

da-mn it i have heard enough. im done. anyone that thinks that sony isnt copying microsoft in some way is clearly delusional. im tried of this now. how can you say that trophies arent exactly the same thing as achievements? i mean come on now, when you havent gotten an achievement for something on the 360, the picture of that achievement isnt shown, instead A DA-MN TROPHY IS SHOWN! everyone knows that sony's online model wasnt anything close to perfect, and everyone knows that not having a unified friends list is a bastard to deal with and now instead of going after exclusive titles, i go after exclusive features? will you people see it as copying when the achievements and trophy requirements are the same? you wanna copy somethng? show me that you can play music off a external usb hard drive, while ripping music to the 360 hard drive, downloading that free south park hd and private chating all at the same time. and to say that its different because you have to invite someone to see it defeats the purpose completely, youre not supposed to hide your high score. its a high score, thats why you have leaderboards. so the strongest arguement that yall have is that its not copying because they are making it worse is asinine! enough already, work on getting games back on your system. oh yea and now that im thinking about it, wow has over 10 million paid subscribers, xbox is nearing 7.2 million, the playstation network has 650,000 free users....if the network actually becomes successful, do you really think they are going to keep it free? for network maintainance for Home its going to cost them a fortune, and they are already hemorraging money. its going to come out of your pocket one way or another. if it remains free, its going to because of thousand of microtransactions. lmao imagine a cover charge just to walk into the playstation store! lmao....

CHAOSWEAV3R
CHAOSWEAV3R

hiimfletcher : "sounds like someones copying gamer scores and achievements to me...hmmm....." Lol... exactly what I was thinking.

Odium_Humanis
Odium_Humanis

"Sounds like someone copying...gamer scores to me ." Sounds like someone doing "sour grapes" to me. MS fans have enjoyed all the benefits to being first to market, now you get to see the downside of it... Everyone that comes after wants to, NEEDS TO , and gets to out-do you... Think about it. Which company was really resting on its laurels? People said it was Sony. I say Microsoft. They were content to just make a glorified version of the Xbox, instead of pushing the envelope. So what is the 360? A user-friendly graphics powerhouse almost tailor-made for people who like "arcadey" gaming (like shooters), just like the system before it. So everyone goes crazy for four weeks when the new shiny shooter comes out (like a Gears of War), then goes back to playing World of Warcraft on their PC until the next shiny shooter (PC gamers ruined console gaming, IMO). Can you blame Microsoft? NOBODY thought paying for an online service would work. MS proved them wrong. Many thought online gaming was wasted on console gamers. Wrong again. The problem is, when MS hit it big with Live, they only real way they "improved" it was to sell movie and TV shows on it. That was the big 360 innovation! When it's all said and done, this is why I think the PS3 can actually take market share back (because before I thougt it was lost 4-ever): ***The X360 and the Wii are pretty much the consoles that they are going to be for the rest of their life spans. With Home, Sony really showed that the extra $200 bucks wasn't just for a cheap Blu-ray player.***

ElSatanno
ElSatanno

Man, it'll be cool as hell to have all sorts of trophies and whatnot hanging around in your virtual pad. Rock on. The only question left for now is, when can we get our hands on this stuff?

gibb1
gibb1

this will be great , i will be able to have my record...my wins in pro evolution soccer..unbeatable...hehehehe

Krazy-K
Krazy-K

Hmm, A little like Second Life and a little like X360's Gamescore system.... I like it! I could care less if it is a "rip-off". I see it as Sony perfecting something that was already good. Good job Sony!

hiimfletcher
hiimfletcher

sounds like someones copying gamer scores and achievements to me...hmmm.....

jimbo46
jimbo46

Wow Sony. At least this idea you stole is from a different company than usual.

cliftontomblin
cliftontomblin

"Look people, just because someone else has it doesn't mean they stole it. If Sony didn't add this feature the first thing that would be said is the they don't have way to show a player's achievments. Games have been keeping achievments since the begining. Think of high scores in Pac Man. It's a natural evolution that when gamers get online that there is online achievements. MS just got to it first . It not a radical idea it's common sense that it would happen. As for the MII's rip off, go to digg.com. There are a couple of articles that shows that Sony had the idea at least since June '05. There is more to this industry than what people see from the outside. Just because someone releases an idea first doesn't always mean it was theirs first. " Sorry to burst your bubble but the Mii have been on nintendo's pending projects since the Famicon.Just watch NIntendo's keynote speech for GDC.

TheJoker003
TheJoker003

Come on haters, keep hating. Good Job Sony!

JustQuest
JustQuest

Its really shaping up to look really great no wonder Sony is focusing on this and its not even a game.

vash92
vash92

what a ripp off! stealing xbox 360 achivement idea and making their own!!!! making a tilt controler from the wii!!! cant they make any of their own good ideas! PSP rocks though.........

-Krakapow-
-Krakapow-

anybody who thinks that this is a rip of mii, xbl, the sims or an mmorpg clearly doesn't understand it. it is part of the online community. just because it has avatars doesn't make it a rip of mii, just because you can walk around and talk to people that doesn't make it an rpg and just because you can get trophies does not make it a rip off of xbl.

Mazer-Rackham
Mazer-Rackham

Interesting idea, I'll check it out when It's released.

LINK2K9
LINK2K9

Once again, I'm not impressed by Sony. Nothing ground breaking, nothing new at all. Home is also boring to me, a free MMORPG isn't my idea of a good online service.

cuitexcutei
cuitexcutei

I think it's pretty interesting to see how the trophies will look like...the excitement just keeps on coming!

Shinso-Zangetsu
Shinso-Zangetsu

If there's load times and major lag, this will suck. :(

Superbustacap
Superbustacap

i know one thing sony needs to lay off the you know whats and stop posing off ideas. SECURITY OUT.

the_junk
the_junk

khellendros1 "As for the MII's rip off, go to digg.com. There are a couple of articles that shows that Sony had the idea at least since June '05. There is more to this industry than what people see from the outside. Just because someone releases an idea first doesn't always mean it was theirs first." If Sony had the idea first, and if it was SOO revolutionary, they'd keep it to themselves so nobody would beat them to it, correct? i mean that's just common sense until you get the thing up and going and have a patent for it or whatever. Nintendo comes up with this thing called the Wii, and and interactive avatar called a Mii. Now, remember, this is a revolutionary idea, so Sony's kept its mouth shut. How did Nintendo come up with the Mii? themselves. you cant steal something unless if it isnt in existence. An idea cant be considered "stolen" if nothing is done to further its development. It just sits there gathering dust. Am i saying Nintendo "stole" the idea from Sony because they let it sit? Not in the least. because Sony kept its mouth shut. but then again Sony's been known to screw up in the past (OH boy has it ever). and a link to those articles would be nice considering you're convinced they prove nintendo's "theft".