PlayStation Home hits 17 million

Sony celebrates its virtual world's two-year anniversary with new subscriber milestone; over 200 games, 7,000 items now available.

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In December 2008, Sony launched PlayStation Home after several delays. During the subsequent two years, the virtual world has flourished, with Sony today announcing that it has some 17 million users, up from 8 million in September 2009. The virtual world now sports over 200 games, 7,000 collectible items, and more than 30 content partners, including Disney, Turner, Paramount, Ubisoft, Square Enix, Electronic Arts, 2K Games, Rockstar Games, Konami, and Fox.

17 million people have found a home in PlayStation Home.

Having already enlisted many big names, Home's next push is to recruit independent developers to create more games for the virtual space. Sony today announced it has enlisted several indie shops, including Outso, Mass Media, Jet Set Games, and Hellfire Games, to craft games to play in Home. The games include the currently available carnival minigame compilation Midway 2 and the multiplayer space combat game Novus Prime. Two more titles, the espionage action game Conspiracy and the jet-racer Sodium 2, will be available early next year.

PlayStation Home is an avatar-based world where players can visit virtual destinations and even set up their own simulated apartments. Players can socialize with one another, meet up to play games together, and interact in simulated arcades and other locales. Users can also buy various items via microtransactions, ranging from televisions for their faux flats to luxury yachts.

For more on PlayStation Home, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

29 comments
shawn7324
shawn7324

I still see it as a worthless addition to my PS3.

Sam_Kelly
Sam_Kelly

Was intrigued with Home upon launched but it has become a bore. My brother deleted it and freed up disk; I may just do the same for my GT5 install :)

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

I should visit home to see how much it has changed since 2008.

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

Boo to the naysayers, Home is a genuinely good bit of software. It's free and has so much potential, I completed Xi at 100%, I was there when they gave out star trek gear, I played the Balloon game with the remote controlled helicopter. Fun times...

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I'd enjoy home if it had my real friends on it too. But since they don't own PS3's I am stuck wandering around listening to germans and french having a gabb or the same "u r gay arguments amongst English speakers. Not very exciting. I bet its far more interesting in the States.

KuRf
KuRf

Home is like matrix...seriously..you just need to add agent smith and it is like one

COPMAN221
COPMAN221

Home is way better than those useless avatars on xbox live..

hippiesanta
hippiesanta

jasongm Posted Dec 10, 2010 9:27 pm PT The PlayStation home will only attract women or girls because of the "Sims" style of game-play. Hardcore gamers will ignore this part. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- But most avatar at home are male species.. 3:1

hippiesanta
hippiesanta

when i;m at playstation home.. I like to dance hahahahaha

astrochill
astrochill

wifey is part of this. she really enjoys it

MaiLovesZTP
MaiLovesZTP

I love shooter games like Left 4 Dead and many more.... but I also like the simulation type games such as this. It does take a long time to load, and it freezes up.

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

It needs to grow and think about PSN+ content. Some Move games would go a long way. Premium contnt could add a lot to Home. Also, a way to instantly conect to social networks. and play some social network games.

jasongm
jasongm

The PlayStation home will only attract women or girls because of the "Sims" style of game-play. Hardcore gamers will ignore this part.

TheIndianChild
TheIndianChild

When I first got the PS3 , I was very much intrigued by Home .... not anymore though ...

DS_fan_atic
DS_fan_atic

and more pointless than ever! I signed up. frigged around for about 5 minutes, then turned it off. useless, boring, and a complete waste of effort on Sony's part. Let it die.

hakjie11
hakjie11

17 million registered ( because its free ), but only 500,000 frequent users. Its Sony again trying to mislead us with "shipped not sold" words.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

The longest I ever spent in Home was making my character lolz IDK, I just find it boring, I obviously wouldn't make it in a MMO......

MaiLovesZTP
MaiLovesZTP

I just recently got a PS3, and the Play Station Home is so much fun. I love the condo you receive, and the view that comes with it.

ScreamDream
ScreamDream

Nice new updates. Check it out if you haven't been there in a while.

Evenios
Evenios

eh i wish this would come to PC too we need some more social outlets... Second Life is ok but laggy and loads slow... oh well.

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@strangestguy It takes me about 6 seconds, fortunately. It used to take me that long when I used Wireless. Anyway, glad to hear it has gone faster for you. Also, yeah, I have to log on Home at some point again too, I haven't been there in ages. Just at times to see what new has been done.

usermikey
usermikey

Dang definitely got to go back its been like a year and a half since been on.

usermikey
usermikey

Dang definitely got to go back its been like a year and a half since been on.

strangestguy
strangestguy

@ fabyo123 The load times have trimmed a load since when it first came out. Tried it last week, and amazed at the speed as a whole. So amazed in fact that i timed it. 49sec to download the plaza area and and 15 to 20 seconds to access most downloaded area. Unless my internet provider improved his speed over the last 2 years without telling anyone, the i give grats on Home team.

IceJester45
IceJester45

I spent 20 excruciating minutes on PlayStation Home earlier this year. Never again.

fabyo123
fabyo123

this can turn out really good but the load times are just not worth it

DrKill09
DrKill09

I still don't see the need or the appeal.