PlayStation Home relaunching November 3

Sony's 3D virtual world/social network gets revamp tomorrow; "new core experience" to bring questing system.

Sony initially announced plans for a PlayStation Home overhaul in August, and the veil is now ready to be lifted. The Home relaunch is set to introduce a bevy of new features, and it will be going live for all tomorrow.

The Hub of Sony's new Home.

Calling the revamp a "new core experience" for Home, Sony hopes to make games the center of attention. New genre-based districts will cater to different gamer types and offer their own area-specific games. The revamp will also launch with a Home version of the puzzle game Cogs, which will be available in the new Hub.

The new Hub is where players will land immediately after logging in and serves as a gateway to the various districts. The Hub also houses the Activity Board where gamers will be able to engage in Home's questing system and community activities.

From the Hub, players can instantly travel to one of four genre-based districts. Playable games in the action and horror genres are accessible in the urban-styled Action District. As the name suggests, the Sportswalk offers sports-related free-to-play games while also providing real-world scores and highlights.

The Adventure District features a variety of adventure-themed endeavors in its island jungle environment, while Pier Park operates as a waterfront boardwalk, bringing with it a variety of carnival, puzzle, outdoor, and arcade games.

Sony reports that since August, Home has gained another 1 million users, bringing the total to more than 24 million worldwide.

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KaizerJinn
KaizerJinn

i wouldn't mind checking it out. it's free....*shrugs*don't know why so many are compaining about something that is free...your not 'obligated' to use it or whatever. ijs... :\

leeko_link
leeko_link

Thanks Sony but I'm too busy in real life to actually care to visit this new Home. Now if you can give me a castle, a dragon, and the ability to kill all them avatars, that would give me the best Home experience ever. Social life doesn't have to be boring ya know, we need some actions too.

CptRexKramer
CptRexKramer

@Wolfgrey Hey, don't get me wrong. I think it's great that the PS3 users are fortunate to be on-line for free. I wish my gold account on the 360 was free. But why offer something for free when you can get paid for it? Sooner or later Sony will realize that it can charge a fee and people will pay it. I just think it might happen sooner rather than later.

white_wind
white_wind

I have a guy on my friend's list who is always at Home. so there are people who find it a good place to hang out in

EPaul
EPaul

Still waiting for my trophy room after 3 years rofl

Rai-kai
Rai-kai

from most of the post seems like everyone just play games online then turn off (good way to save on light bill). guess i'm a fan of sony on a whole (feel better paying my light bill after enjoying it). I've been and still go to most of the spots on pshome and enjoy the playing the mini games. to me who isn't much of a sims fan pshome is the right "groove".

pszone
pszone

Best week of my life first got unctarted 3, Great psn update, Wartch gta5 tradiler and cant wait that to get that, and know this home reboot .best week ever for me.

ryan_sr97c_1
ryan_sr97c_1

i gotta agree with the peeps below.... home sounded like a cool idea but implementation felt bad. i havnt deleted it but i havnt logged back in either

Double_Wide
Double_Wide

Unless there's trophies, no thank you...

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

@CptRexKramer Highly doubt it. Don't really need any backing to say that either.

hippiesanta
hippiesanta

Haasdude, maybe it's only you and your type...... Ispend at home everyday.... everyday at least for 30 minutes for Aurora Ndreams ...... and lot's of othe home community are with me..... Konami penthouse and singstar are full of party-goers.......... if only quater of ps3 owner at Home.... that could be at least 13 million people using it

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

If they had reduced load times and things ran faster I would use it more. It is just a hassle and takes to long to try and get on there.

Haasdude
Haasdude

Home has brought in 24 million people? How many of those played Home for 5 seconds, realized it's crap, and never touched it again? Maybe 23,999,999?

OreoPoptart
OreoPoptart

don't get what PS home is all about. and I'll never use it anyway

scratchisme
scratchisme

When home was first anounced it sounded like a cool idea, but it feels like they never went anywhere with it.

Duke_Slade007
Duke_Slade007

Never HAVE quite understood what the purpose of "Home" is. I just log onto Sony online to play GT-5. Period.

kyzursozayyy
kyzursozayyy

Hope they keep the bowling alley, one of the few places old farts can embarrass smack talking young punks. Maybe bring back EA poker.

svaubel
svaubel

This got enough attention to justify a relaunch?

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

Never owned a PS3, but always had hope for Home. I hope the update is worthwhile.

Collins0262
Collins0262

I guess they got 24 million from the people who got it and deleted in one day and then did they same a few months later ...

Xeogua
Xeogua

Hmm, I remember reading about Home when it first came out. Always sounded kind of cool, too bad I don't have a PS3. Christmas maybe?

kweeni
kweeni

24 million huh? Does that include the accounts that have home but never use it? :o

TheArcade
TheArcade

PS Home reminds me of Second Life on the PC. You walk around doing rudimentary activities while they charge outrageous prices for trivial things like virtual furniture, lol. I never understood it's appeal. The title of the article is a little bit misleading. It makes it seem like PS Home had been down all this time.

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

Having never used Home or a PS3... to start up games do I have to walk around to do this or do they actually have accessibility at the same time via menus or something?

RatchetV1
RatchetV1

I private beta tested the new Home features & it's a blast. I look forwards to seeing what else they have to offer.

Ryouji_kaji
Ryouji_kaji

Home had me excited for the TV/Radio element that streamed media from your PS3...well it was supposed to, but they never seamed to get put on Home. I'm a fan dubber and thought watching my latest project with friends through Home would be a really nice way to share it, but no matter how much I checked they never added the TV. Another problem is too many virgins with their heads in their pants. Me and my girlfriend would go on to play chess/pool etc, and there's always some little idiot trying to chat her up. Kinda sad they replaced the PSP with some random PDA too. They should have it you can chose between a PSP/Phone/Netbook/PDA pull out, just to make things a little more personal to each person. I love the idea of Home, but those little problems were something that spoilt it for me, I'd use it more if not for them. Don't get me wrong, I'd rather have Home than not have it, and it's far better than the Mii's or Avatars (though it's cool there are some games you can use them in). Anyway that's my two pence.

FriendBear
FriendBear

Awesome! Honestly, Home was one of the reasons why I wanted a PS3 to begin with, sure its not 'techically' free if you want all the cool features, but the 'cool' factor of it is extremely high, especially going into the cinemas and watching PV of latest anime or movies with friends.

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

Home was always great looking in original concept, yet mostly boring when you actually got to use it eventually... some occasionally funny moments could be had talking to random people, but it's mostly just aimless. This will be interesting to see if the update brings any more to the table, will give it a try for sure.

SiLenTWarrior29
SiLenTWarrior29

I think home is a great idea but it's just not quite there yet... Right now it's alright with me and even with this new update I doubt there will be any major changes to the basic movements if there's any but until they make it similar to a GTA style game or RDR I'll be on home all day... Where there's almost anything you can do or anywhere you can go... That would put ps3 on top of the competition no doubt... In my opinion

salvucci91
salvucci91

Woah ! Could be pretty awesome, or pretty lame. It's ok if it's lame though; PS Home was already pointless. x-p

CptRexKramer
CptRexKramer

What Sony hasn't announced yet is due to massive financial losses, it will soon be forced to start charging Playststion owners to access any on-line features, including Home. Mark my words, it coming.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

Okay Sony. I'll download the update and try Home again. We'll see if your improvements are worth taking time away from playing all the games in my backlog.

Soothsayer42
Soothsayer42

Home is not that bad, its also a good marketing place, where we can play amazing games like WipeOut HD, and Uncharted Fortune Hunter. But paying for small items is lame

contraigon
contraigon

If they're finally adding the gaming element to Home, they should put it all straight into the world like a normal MMO. Throw some orcs and a sword in there and I'm happy!

jaijames
jaijames

how about revamping the whole interface

OJ_the_LION
OJ_the_LION

Home's not an inherently bad idea, but so far I haven't found it that interesting. Maybe this'll spruce things up. The discourse still isn't as low as the level I've seen in the average open xbox live game, though.

Triton
Triton

I like my PS3 but just really do not have a need for this. I just am not as attached as with my 360.

caketoo
caketoo

Interested to see how glitchy and buggy this will be. It wouldnt be a home update without some more technical problems.

vega13mv
vega13mv

I heard achievements unlock things you can pick up at Home but I can never find them, all I see are generic shops charging for virtual clothes

Icehearted
Icehearted

I tried it once, all I saw were people texting crude comments at each other. If that was Sony's goal, kudos! If that wasn't Sony's goal, good luck, you're going to need it.