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Old 08-20-2009, 09:52 AM
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Forgive me for not necrobumping the original Home thread. I looked for it, and went through three different pages before just making a new thread.

Anyways - for Shoeless and the 2 or 3 other people whom visit Home on occasion (myself included, since discovering all the additions they have on it now), it will be getting universal game launching come September.



http://blog.us.playstation.com/2009/...his-september/


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As announced at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, PlayStation Home’s core client will be getting a serious upgrade this fall. And when we say serious, dear readers, we’re talking excessive and impressive in quality, extent, and degree. This is the for real deal upgrade!

I got three words to start us off: Universal. Game. Launching. That’s right – you can now launch into any PlayStation 3 game directly from Home. Titles that fully support game launching (like Street Fighter IV, Resistance 2, MotorStorm, and Far Cry 2) will be identified by separate icons that appear over an avatar’s head and will have varying degrees of additional multiplayer functionality built in. Simplified game launching will take you from Home to the start menu of your favorite games with ease. Never again will you have to sign out of Home to play with (or against) your friends. Simply insert the disc of your choice while in Home and follow the on screen directions and you’ll be good to go.

Shop-a-holics will be stoked to see that an in-store item previewing option will be rolled out. This feature will allow you to preview items of clothing on your character in 3D (including the ability to check out multiple items simultaneously to see what combinations best suit your taste). You’ll be able to preview all furniture in 3D as well, complete with zoom and rotate options so you can check your potential purchases from all angles, right down to the nitty gritty. We’ll also offer you the ability to rent certain items and purchase “consumables” (limited use items) when available – such as the new Shrink Potion that lets you shrink your avatar to a tiny size. All in all, we think you’ll find that these new features allow for greater control over the use of your personal items. We’ve even added a new section to the Menu Pad under Personal > My Purchases to help you keep it all organized.



PlayStation Home v1.3 will also see additional portable objects (like the Bubble Machine) made available to the community. To start, we’ll be giving everyone free cameras that you can use to snap pictures from either a 1st or 3rd person view. These photos will automatically be saved to the Photo section of the XMB, from which you can then upload to the picture frames you have hanging in your personal spaces. We’ll be announcing more portable objects very soon, so be sure to check in on this blog often to stay abreast of the latest PlayStation Home item releases. Or just use the Latest Updates tab in your Menu Pad > Community. We here over at the PlayStation Home Community team keep an updated list of all new content releases in this area.



On the subject of portable objects, rest assured that we’ve listened to your suggestions and made some changes to help you better customize your in-world experience. You’ll be able to manually hide any portable object that you encounter, and objects placed by anyone on your Ignore or Block list will also be hidden. We think you all will find that accessing certain mini-games and watching videos will be much easier thanks to these additional options.

There are tons of little updates that you’ll notice when PlayStation Home v1.3 launches. To start, you’ll see that your avatar has additional emotes – including two new action emotes (you can flip a coin with your friends or play the old “pick a number between 1 and 100” game). You will also be able to pose your avatar in a variety of ways (photo op anyone?). We’ve also added some new categories of clothing (composite and outfits) that will allow you to customize your avatar with greater ease. In addition, we’ve optimized the targeting system, added a new queuing system, fixed quite a few pesky bugs, and are giving you the option to determine your cache size (you can choose from 3, 5, 8, and 12 GB) so as to make navigating Home a much smoother experience. As we get closer to launch, we’ll post complete patch notes for the v1.3 client on the PlayStation Home General forum at www.us.playstation.com. So if you haven’t yet signed up for our forums, please take a moment to do so now – and check in often for more details regarding what’s going on in PlayStation Home.

Last but certainly not least, we’ll be launching a SingStar space right around the time that PlayStation Home v1.3 hits your PlayStation 3s. This swanky night club-esque SingStar-themed game space is sure to be the hot new hub for all of you party goers. Whether you want to get down with your friends on the reactive dance floor, vote for your favorite music videos on the Video Jukebox, or test your knowledge at the SingStar Music Quiz, this space promises to have something for every SingStar fanatic.

Apparently some of this was touched on during the Gamescom conference, but I didn't see it in the crappy liveblogs I was following.

Lots of new additions and the ability to launch into pretty much any game will be cool.

Last edited by TheAnalogKid; 09-23-2009 at 10:34 AM. Reason: Thread is being used as a general update thread as opposed to the single update it was orginally based around.
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Old 08-20-2009, 10:28 AM
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giving you the option to determine your cache size (you can choose from 3, 5, 8, and 12 GB)
Because of this, I'll actually use Home more.

And yes, the game launching too.
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Old 08-20-2009, 02:52 PM
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My wife is actually freaking out mildly over the fact that a preview option is going to be added to the Mall. She was getting sick and tired of buying clothes that she decided didn't look so hot after all once her avatar was wearing them.
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Forgive me for not necrobumping the original Home thread. I looked for it, and went through three different pages before just making a new thread.
I think the Home thread you're referring to was the one that was locked because it went WAY off topic.

If I'm reading the description right games that have full GL support (the ones mentioned, for example) will remain the same. That is, you can setup the MP options and create your game lobby as before. Those that don't fully support it will just kick you into the game's menu itself. Kudos for not needing to log out and into Home while transitioning to and from the game. That took forever.

As I said in the other thread, I found Home game launching to be a lot more handy than I expected given PS3 has no universal party system like Xbox.
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Old 08-26-2009, 02:44 PM
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More Home Newsness -

courtesy of the playstation blog:

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Over 100 New Pieces of Content Releasing This Thursday in PlayStation Home

Posted by Locust_Star // PlayStation Home Online Community Specialist

Attn: Killzone 2 fans. We’ve seen you in Central Plaza all decked out in your Helghan wares. We’ve seen you in the Bowling Alley showing your love for the ISA. We’ve heard you proudly boasting your Warzone rank in the Gamer’s Lounge. So we know that this Thursday, August 27th, you’ll be rushing into PlayStation Home to grab the new KZ2 content we’ll have waiting for you – specifically, the Killzone 2 Visari Throne Room.

This special personal space is based on the final stage of Killzone 2 in Scolar Visari’s Palace and is the absolute ideal gathering space for you and your KZ2-obsessed friends. Releasing in tandem with the Visari Throne Room will be a variety of virtual items that you can use to customize your area (including the Helghan Defense Painting – my personal fave). Check out the video below for a sneak peek of this space and other Killzone 2 items available in PlayStation Home.


We know that you guys and gals love collecting personal spaces, furniture, and gear for your avatar, which is why we’ve been working night and day to make this publish the biggest ever virtual items content release in PlayStation Home. In addition to the Killzone 2 Visari Throne Room, we’re also dropping an all-new, all-original personal space on you. The new Post-Apocalyptic Apartment is sure to appeal to your inner Road Warrior, and to celebrate its unveiling we’re offering a value bundle of furniture that runs the gamut from chairs to couches to tables to flooring to storage to assorted décor all at a special introductory price that just can’t be beat. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. We have approximately 70 items total being released just for this personal space, so the customization options for this area alone are virtually endless.

But that’s not all. No siree. Come this Thursday, you’ll also be able to rep your favorite big cities with the release of some new animated t-shirts that broadcast your hometown pride. And are those animated glow sticks I see too? Watch the video down there and let me know that my mind ain’t playing tricks on me.





As always, this week is jam-packed with events – and we’re counting on seeing you at all of them. Head on over to the official Home Clubs and Events sub-forum at www.us.playstation.com for more details about our daily game launching parties…and a special celebrity look-a-like event planned for this Thursday in PlayStation Home where you can win some of the rarest items ever to appear in our world.

See you in Home!


Shoeless - make sure to click the link to check out the blog. Scroll down to the 2nd video sample with the animated shirts. She may get a kick out of those.

http://blog.us.playstation.com/2009/...ystation-home/
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Old 08-26-2009, 02:47 PM
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Shoeless - make sure to click the link to check out the blog. Scroll down to the 2nd video sample with the animated shirts. She may get a kick out of those.
Nope, that won't do it. The wife's not interested in the animated shirts, she has very specific complaints and one of them is the lack of decent skirts for female avatars.

She actually had me playing the Siren space mini-game for two days straight when I made the mistake of mentioning that the only black dress currently available in Home is only winnable as a prize in that game.

Basically, if it's got more of a Goth-y fashion sensibility, she'll go for it.
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Nope, that won't do it. The wife's not interested in the animated shirts, she has very specific complaints and one of them is the lack of decent skirts for female avatars.

She actually had me playing the Siren space mini-game for two days straight when I made the mistake of mentioning that the only black dress currently available in Home is only winnable as a prize in that game.

Basically, if it's got more of a Goth-y fashion sensibility, she'll go for it.
Understood. A little to busy for her....you know - I'm surprised there isn't a little more of a goth/post-punk type selection.

On that note - I'll be sure to not mention anything about that Black dress to mine because I'll be stuck doing the same damn thing as you.
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Understood. A little to busy for her....you know - I'm surprised there isn't a little more of a goth/post-punk type selection.

On that note - I'll be sure to not mention anything about that Black dress to mine because I'll be stuck doing the same damn thing as you.
I would strongly advise that. The mini-game has four scenarios randomly selected at the start. Only one of those scenarios pays out the black dress, and ONLY if you finish it in less than three minutes.

It doesn't help that the Siren space still uses an insane "get in line" system to play with up to four people, so what ends up happening is you have this massive crowd (some of whom are trying to cheat it by throwing bubble machines in there to confuse other people's targeting) and when a new round commences, everyone is madly trying to hit "X" in order to be one of the "lucky four" that get to play that round.

This is why I hate "multi-player trophies/achievements/prizes" of any sort and don't bother most of the time. Once your success becomes dependent on the actions of other people, your actual chance of success drops considerably. I guess I'm just too much of a lone wolf for my own good, but aside from some folks here on HDD and my own personal friends in real life, I HATE playing with other people.
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Basically, if it's got more of a Goth-y fashion sensibility, she'll go for it.
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I guess I'm just too much of a lone wolf for my own good, but aside from some folks here on HDD and my own personal friends in real life, I HATE playing with other people.
I hate matchmaking. I much prefer the server set up. As that can become like a pub/hub for people. Creating a nice sense of "family" by having an understanding on whose going to be there. It's like coming to this forum. It's usually the same cats. It's great. It's like having an Xbox Live party, but not having to count on you organizing some massive session.

Matchmaking gets rid of that "venue". It instead thrusts you with random people. It isn't fun, because random people tend to be douche bags.

When I use to play Counter Strike I found a local server that had the same people almost all the time. Well, the same group. It was a clan server, but you didn't need to be in it in order to play. It was their public one. It was a great time. Probably the best time I had playing Online. I always could count on that server to be well modded, good solid players, and overall friendly attitudes.

From time to time (mostly on Steam) I run into people I use to play with on random games. It's crazy. Granted, I went by a different name then. I use to use it on my old XBL account. However, I ran into some problems with signing into my 360...so, I had to come up with a new one.
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