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Average PS Home user is “the most hardcore gamer” on the PS3

Friday, 1st July 2011 00:14 GMT By Brenna Hillier

PlayStation Home director Jack Buser has said the virtual world’s fans are among the most dedicated gamers of the PlayStation 3′s user base.

“If you look at the average Home user, they are the most hardcore gamer on the PS3,” Buser told GiantBomb.

“They buy more games than the average PS3 user, they play more games than the average PS3 user. They also watch more movies than the average PS3 user, who is already a highly self-selective consumer. We’re talking about rabid consumers of media and hardcore gamers. That’s who these people are.”

Buser said Sony made a “fatal mistake” in the early days of Home by expecting gamers to want to socialise and communicate in a specialised context.

“You put a bunch of gamers together in a room and you tell them to talk to one another and they don’t do it. This is the 20/20 hindsight part. It seems obvious in retrospect, but it wasn’t obvious back in 2008,” he said.

“We thought ‘here, we’ll build these rooms and we’ll fill them with gamers and we’ll theme these rooms after games and then people will self-select and talk to each other.’ What we discovered very early on, even in closed beta…we realized that gamers talk to each other and they meet each other in the context of playing games.”

This is one of the reasons why Home’s latest and most major update so far, 1.5, introduced a number of back-end features which make it easier for developer to implement games inside the service – and Buser wants detractors to take ahnother look.

“We would be remiss to ignore the people on PlayStation who may have come in 2008 and walked into Home and said ‘yeah, there’s nothing here and left’ and formed their opinion,” he said

“We would love to see those people come back in. But I get it. If you come into a platform and there’s nothing there for you, you’re going to be hesitant to come back. That’s why we’re very focused on this idea of games, because if it’s a great game, why not come back in and play it?”

Not convinced anybody really uses Home? The full article is available through the link above, along with an earlier piece on the service’s fanbase.

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  1. spiderLAW

    dont see that at all. When i made some visits to HOME, most of the peeople were level 3s,4s,5s, and 6s…..Most of the core gamers on my friends list are level 13s and up.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Soong

    There’s probably some confusion around the term ‘hardcore’. I think the type of hardcore PS3 gamer on Home is most likely the average fanatical CoD: Blops player, the kind of gamer who only buys big titles like CoD and GTA and are very fanatical about them and their platform of choice.
    And not the kind kind of hardcore gamer who spends a lot of income on quality titles and passionate about his or her hobby, the kind of gamer that also buys Shadow of the Colossus and Final Fantasy, and not just CoD and the like. I very much doubt, like spiderLAW, that those kind sof gamers are on Home.

    Just a theory.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. sg1974

    All I met are dickheads throwing abuse or hassling what they thought were girls (pro tip, 90% of girls on Home use male avatars, your talking to a 38 year old fat bloke with no gf and an overactive righthand), that’s why I stopped using it and deleted it from my PS3

    #3 3 years ago
  4. spiderLAW

    @ Well put Soong.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. OlderGamer

    sg1974 +1

    Home was great sounding on paper. But really, imo, completly worthless at this point.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. OrbitMonkey

    @2 Their are no good hardcore. Just insecure little dweebs who believe that by playing a certain game a certain way, their somehow better than all the other sofa jockeys twiddling thumbsticks in front of the tv.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Ge0force

    So in this generation ps3 hardcore gamers spend their time chatting in Home, and x360 hardcore gamers are fond of on-rails games with Kinect? Damn, I must have been a noob playing instagib CTF and micro-management dependant RTS games on pc…

    #7 3 years ago
  8. DaMan

    A bit funny though, Final Fantasy is the Blops of jap games.

    #8 3 years ago