Sony – Home is not a “priority”

Thursday, 29th October 2009 07:47 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Sounds as though the grand experiment may be switching off a few lights. PlayStation Home director Pete Edwards admitted at the London Games Conference this week that the online PS3 world doesn’t have “priority” status any more.

“It’s been a long road,” he said.

“We’ve proved there is a market out there and we’ve got a lot of people that spend a lot of time in [Home]. It’s not a priority right now but there is a business model there.”

Edwards said at Develop this year that European users spend an average of 56 minutes in Home per session.

Thanks, Edge.



  1. Blerk

    That’s that, then. And we all thought it would be such a huge succes… I can’t keep a straight face. :-D

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Gekidami

    What happened to the “BUSINESS” part in the title? Its not a BUSINESS priority as in Sony arnt looking to make it a major marketplace to gain money.
    Context has been picked up, thrown out, then spat on.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Robo_1

    Indeed Gekidami. He says himself the business model is set up and people are spending money in it, it’s hardly going to disappear anytime soon, and the new spaces like Ratchet & Clank look excellent.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. JonFE

    Finally, Sony seem to set their priorities straight and focus on what’s important: the games.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Gheritt White

    So *this* is why 8 Days is back in development!

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Withnail

    Quoting out of context much? Edwards was actually talking about how successful Home is.

    Internet Chinese whispers at its finest.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. pracer

    Home is crap anyways. Bunch of teens trying to hit on each other.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Retroid

    An utterly, utterly missed opportunity.

    It could’ve been a big space to hold Sony events and get the users behind them.

    Instead it rather feels like wandering through a newly-built PPP-financed fancy hospital / Village from The Prisoner.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. pracer


    I don’t think so. You have to look at the big picture. A service like this is going to bring out the worst in many people. And it is going to appeal to kids the most. I see your thinking, but I think it would be impossible to pull off. You would have to block kids. Everytime I jump on home to check things out I am amazed at the foul mouthed, rude, raciast, homophobic kids. The place is nearly imposible for a real female to go to. She would be chased and harrased buy hordes of male teens. In fact its funny to watch the male avatars hone in on female ones, giving little thought that the female avatar could very well be a male player. Then of course is the agressive pursuit of the male trying to get the female to go “Private”. And in many cases when the female avatar refuses, the male avatar will start cyber right there on the spot. This, more then anything ruins HOME.
    It isn’t about the games. It isn’t about the apartments, the avatars, the publicity for game devs or any of that. Its squarly on the fact that you can’t control player behavior. And when said players are all too often kids, the problem just gets worse.
    Sony should have seen this coming years ago. I did. Home is a bad idea. The only way to help this thing at this point, is to make HOME 100% private. The only people that can enter your HOME space are people that you invite from your friends list. But in the end it really isn’t worth the effort.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Gekidami

    Even Sony are pointing out how this is being taken out of context:

    #10 5 years ago
  11. darthmahon

    The fact users were never really screaming out for Home is an indication that maybe Sony shouldn’t have built it in the first place, or at least not in the way they did.

    I think they probably hoped it would have the same impact as Second Life but at the end of the day, people are going to turn on their PS3 to perform an action, whether it is play a game or watch some media. Home just seems too passive for me.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. theevilaires

    You gotta love how Blerk is always the first person to respond to a bad sony article (even though he doesn’t own a PS3)…followed by his pet psychotext :D

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Blerk

    I’m always the first to respond to any article.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. Gekidami

    Yes but your blantant enthusiasm towards negative Sony news is somewhat ridiculous Blerk.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Santa Clause

    TEA: So you’re basically pointing out that possibly the two most recognisable members of this site are… posting?

    Okay then.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. Blerk

    I like to think I’m blatantly enthusiastic towards anyone’s negative news. It’s not my fault that Sony seems to have more of it. :-)

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Hero of Canton

    Yep, in fairness to Blerk, I’m sure he’d be equally thrilled (if not more so) were this story about Nintendo.

    #17 5 years ago

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