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PlayStation Home to reboot as social games platform

Tuesday, 23rd August 2011 08:49 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Sony is planning to give PlayStation Home an almighty reboot, turning it mainly into a social games platform.

The new, updated version of the service, which went into open beta in 2008, will launch this fall, and will now mainly feature large scale games within. Home’s central plaza will also be replaced by something called “The Hub,” where players will be able to take part in games, community stuff and more.

There’ll also be genre-specific distracts within Home, such as the Action District, the Adventure District and Home Sportswalk,

Home boss Jack Buser called the new Home an “evolution of the platform.”

“We are going to ‘up level’ games as the heart of PlayStation Home. This means that Home itself is going to become a game. The first things you see when you get into Home are games,” he told VentureBeat in an interview.

Buser added that the average time spent in Home is 70 minutes per session – there has been 23 million users within the platform since 2008 – with 230 games, 9,000 virtual items, 65 virtual spaces and 600 community events all part of the service.

There’s previews of the service on VB and Kotaku.

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  1. mojo

    those who still dont use a social network today surely wont change that for home?!
    those who are allready facebooking 24/7 dont have time to use another social network
    ppl inbetween arent aware of home.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. revsouly

    @1, I’m not getting your point.

    What about the 23 million who has used Home? that has to account for something.

    They didn’t say the aim was to destroy Facebook or something like that, they’re upgrading the Home experience for the people who already use it.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. OrbitMonkey

    Social gaming… greatest trick the devil ever pulled :(

    #3 3 years ago
  4. OlderGamer

    “What about the 23 million who has used Home? that has to account for something.”

    You don’t think there are are truely 23 Million Home users do you? People that loged in and walked away shaking their heads aren’t the samething as a user. People that check in once in awhile to see if things have changed or improved aren’t users either. Then there are the people with multi accounts(local and cross regional), but you get the idea.

    Sony is just putting some english on the the PR spin.

    And tbh, I think changing Home to something like a social games network could be a good thing. Can’t hurt.

    #4 3 years ago