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PlayStation Home is Now Live!

Jack Buser's Avatar + Posted by Jack Buser on Dec 11, 2008 // Senior Director, PlayStation Now

Hi PLAYSTATION 3 community,

I am so very happy to announce that PlayStation Home has now officially entered into Open Beta. Restart your PLAYSTATION 3, and you will see the PlayStation Home icon under the PlayStation Network column of the XMB. Click on the icon, and you are in.

Getting to this point has required a tremendous amount of participation, input, care, and passion from the thousands of beta testers who helped make PlayStation Home what it is today. So to all of you that have tested, from all of us on the PlayStation Home team here at Sony: “Thank You!”

For those of you that are new to PlayStation Home, be sure to plug in a USB keyboard (or pair your Bluetooth headset) and start meeting your fellow PS3 owners. And remember, even with all the spaces, rewards, items, and activities available today, what you see now is just the beginning. Home will grow, change, and evolve very quickly – and it is all based on your feedback.

This is your community, and we are listening.

//Add Your Own

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+ SpiritThief on December 11th, 2008 at 11:07 pm said:

Sadly I find Home boring. Its like an MMO without the killing, just not as fun.


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+ vampireanarchy89 on December 11th, 2008 at 11:09 pm said:

home is great if u wanan hang out in home whit me my psn id is vampireanarchy89 i need sum girls 2 talk 2


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+ Wuggyboobeaufuf on December 11th, 2008 at 11:14 pm said:

It only took me *8* hours to finally get on….and for what…?
To find out that I have to *pay* for anything I want to add?

This is crap Sony.

This is a slap in the face to PS3 owners.

Consider me officially converted to the 360.

Congratulations Sony, you have done your best to drive away hardcore Sony fanboys like me, and it’s worked.

I give up.


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+ buckster on December 11th, 2008 at 11:26 pm said:

wuggyboobeaufuf,

Good riddance.


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+ Mike_Ock_Is_Big on December 11th, 2008 at 11:42 pm said:

hey does anyone have lbp?


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+ nickpuerta on December 11th, 2008 at 11:43 pm said:

rrrrrrrreeeeeeeaaaaaaaaddddddd this
ok i finally figured it out if you cant go to the plaza because it says you are not old enough here is what u do go to your ps3 settings go down to parental controls and then go to where it says parental control region click on that and choose argentina as your region this worked four me i hope this works for you.


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+ nickpuerta on December 11th, 2008 at 11:45 pm said:

this just worked for my friend so try it.


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+ nickpuerta on December 11th, 2008 at 11:47 pm said:

after that just walk to the door and then it will say download plaza then download it and your good to go.


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+ nickpuerta on December 11th, 2008 at 11:52 pm said:

its takes a while to download the plaza depending on your enternet.


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+ thaddeus on December 11th, 2008 at 11:57 pm said:

Wuggyboobeaufuf: good riddance. They announced several months ago that there would be charges to get new stuff, you must not be all THAT hardcore or else you would have already known that.


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+ Psyvariar on December 11th, 2008 at 11:59 pm said:

Thanks to all at Sony for the visionary release of this 3D social networking technology.

I look forward to seeing Sony continue to develop Playstation Home with new content and features.

It will provide lots of enjoyment to the millions of Playstation fans in the years to come.


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+ kushkuman on December 12th, 2008 at 12:05 am said:

SONY WHY HAVE U NOT PUT HOME IN MY REGION?I WAS LOOKING SO FORWARD TO IT AND TOLD ALL MY FRIENDS ABOUT IT,BUT NOW…PLEASE MAKE IT AVAIALABLE TO ALL REGIONS!PLS!


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+ Zta on December 12th, 2008 at 12:10 am said:

It might have been worth mentioning in the article, that the PlayStation Eye also works as a microphone. Anyway, it does! =)


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+ Mike_Ock_Is_Big on December 12th, 2008 at 12:10 am said:

anyone here have a nariko code they would like to swap for a kratos code?


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+ DSK11 on December 12th, 2008 at 12:11 am said:

how about a home amusement park, because we need more space


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+ shinichitaicho on December 12th, 2008 at 12:30 am said:

so are we going to see a trophy room anytime soon? When are we going to see a Stereo and TV in the furniture store?


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+ Rogerjak on December 12th, 2008 at 12:52 am said:

Something really annoying happens….HOME is in Spanish…I may live near spain but I am not spanish.

Is there a way to change language?!


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+ TwitchingZebra on December 12th, 2008 at 12:54 am said:

Whoo! Working allot better now :) Loving it.


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+ Hiddenx__Shinobi on December 12th, 2008 at 1:32 am said:

PEOPLE PEOPLE YOU SHOULD HAVE IT BY NOW!! ALL LISTEN TO ME!! IF YOU HAVEN’T RECEIVED IT YET JUST SIMPLY RESTART UR PS3 NOT RESTORE!!! RESTART! TURN THE POWER ON THEN OFF lol AND THE REASON THE LOG IN S HARD BECAUSE OF SO MANY PEOPLE TRYING TO GET ON ONE SERVER SO PLEASE CHILL OUT EVERYONE!


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+ Clice on December 12th, 2008 at 1:45 am said:

I have a solution on the region lock in Home.
Let everyone be logged into our own region Europe/Asia/Australia and US.
But give us the power to send an invite to our friends in other regions, which will expire after next login.
Just so that, when I want I can play with my friends from other regions, and when not needed, then not.
This way our servers will not be over loaded with other people, just a select few every now and then?


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+ Zhang_Mei on December 12th, 2008 at 1:46 am said:

Ok! Now heres a few ideas.
There should be new rooms,The stuff like furniture should be FREE,Did i say new rooms ?


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+ HaVoK_08 on December 12th, 2008 at 1:58 am said:

I’m officialy sick of all the nay-saying whiners and complainers. I paid not a single dime on Home and i had one of the greatest times on a gaming system ever. I laughed so incredibly hard as we played pool, played bowling and even made the ugliest charecters ever seen by human eyes dance salsa….THANK YOU SONY..there are some thing’s better than what you can buy or not, or whether your virtual APT has furniture, it’s called having fun..some of you should try it some day. Home is the future.


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+ Dr_Conley on December 12th, 2008 at 2:11 am said:

This is really interesting. I just destroyed some guy in chess. Texas hold’em poker tables would be great though! I’d love to have one at my virtual house or w/e or play at a casino of some sort. That would be amazing.

I’d like to be able to drive a car though too, gta style. But maybe thats pushing it.


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+ d3br34k5 on December 12th, 2008 at 2:14 am said:

^^ agree with you.

people should feel lucky they even get to play with a ps3… though with the failed auto bailout package, i have a feeling some of these whining, gimme-everything-now-and-free punks will be leaving the PSN because their old man’s gonna have to sell the ps3 to pay the hydro bill this month.


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+ whitegoat_1130 on December 12th, 2008 at 3:03 am said:

it said that home is now launched in all regions. is that true? because i am still not even getting the home icon on my XMB.


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+ Wild_Man_X on December 12th, 2008 at 3:32 am said:

What happened to the TV and picture frame that we saw when Phil Harrison demoed Home?


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+ TinkerGuru on December 12th, 2008 at 3:52 am said:

Seems pretty pathetic that it’s this bad…


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+ LeoMindfreak08 on December 12th, 2008 at 4:10 am said:

People, this is just the beginning… the hard work to put Home BETA to everybody is gone… from here the news come more and more quickly. Just try to see the potential of this amasing aplication !..and it’s free !!. like in real life: if you want to buy a lamp, do it… if don’t nobody force you… relaz..and enjoy …


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+ BlackRabbit on December 12th, 2008 at 4:31 am said:

Guess you can’t go Home for a first time, let alone Again.


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+ MurderPrincessK on December 12th, 2008 at 4:32 am said:

Thanks for my new HOME Sony…. I had fun and wasted tons of time. Really looking forward to some of the features like music and picture frames and even tvs…. If anyone has purchased a club could you let me know if importing music to it is already possible? If not i’m going to wait.

Other than that some ideas.. cards would be awesome, along with air hockey and fuseball tables.


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+ Dominus48 on December 12th, 2008 at 4:33 am said:

Ok Playstation Home Beta is out its wicked its hip its cool …xD Now get us more content on it lol(Yes i know its day 2 barely and yes they need time to get everything sorted out ) i just think i should say something other than blast sony like so many other …….*coughs idiots Cough*anyway considering yesterdays fiasco i think sony did pretty good considering this is a beta and that thinking everything is gonna go great on Beta launch and it ACTUALLY going great are two entirely different things so fix the servers and get me more stuff to play with on HOME and ill be a happy camper with that said see ya all in Home and Sony Rules …..PS. yes im a sony fanboy if you dont like it you can kiss my happy a** you Xbot :D peace and later all


832

+ Blargian on December 12th, 2008 at 4:43 am said:

I keep getting a networking error on both my South African and American accounts. When is sony gonna befinished fixing it?


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+ Blargian on December 12th, 2008 at 4:47 am said:

Doesnt work, i’m so annoyed….i just wasted 77mb?


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+ Nurein615 on December 12th, 2008 at 4:50 am said:

idk why but it doesn’t work for me. Every time it gets to signing in then it say network error


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+ MurderPrincessK on December 12th, 2008 at 4:51 am said:

ah almost forgot will it ever be night time inside Home…. It would be cool if there was night and day, everything working on a 24 hour clock just like the real world… and of course region specific…. again Bravo Sony…. who cares if i’m a fan girl.


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+ Blargian on December 12th, 2008 at 4:53 am said:

would be cool if home worked


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+ spyderman_18 on December 12th, 2008 at 5:05 am said:

next weeek theyre revealing the red bull fligh thing lol and theyre adding 2 name brand stores


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+ chaotik716 on December 12th, 2008 at 5:35 am said:

yo… home is where its at!!! i was on it 4 hours last night… just one suggestion 2 all other users… KEEP UR RACIST SEXIST COMMENTS OUT!!! And… can u guys all calm down on the ladies too, i got homegirls who complained bout mad dudes buggin em last night… but anyways… HOME IS THE [DELETED]


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+ BStreakX on December 12th, 2008 at 5:49 am said:

Okay, I tried it, and I still don’t get what all the fuss is about. I’ll try to be constructive:
- I could not create a good Asian-looking avatar.
- No clothes based on game characters? Why can’t I dress as Kratos, for example?
- Why is the avatar’s default face expression so serious looking? A smile would be nice.
- Emoting is inconvenient. I think LittleBigPlanet did it better by mapping face expression and body language directly to the D-pad.
- No spaces themed after LittleBigPlanet or MetalGearSolid? What about the very pretty Mirror’s Edge?
- What happened to trophies? I think we should have a trophy case in our personal space.
- Carriage Return? The in-game mini-games are lame. The best mini-game was furniture stacking.
- Overall, the style is just too bland looking. It’s too serious, too realistic, and not distinctively recognizable.


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+ guitarman75 on December 12th, 2008 at 5:54 am said:

Just like everyone else I had my share of network errors while trying to get in but once I was in everything seemed to have run fine. There really wasn’t a whole lot to do but I recognize this is a BETA release. Some people apparently don’t seem to know what is meant by BETA.
Anyway one bit of constructive criticism I want to offer is that it would be nice to be able to find someone you are specifically looking for. A few times I had jumped directly to someone on my friends list and when I was there, there were so many people around is was hard to see the one person I was looking for.


841

+ YunaPR on December 12th, 2008 at 5:56 am said:

HOME is Amazing! and this is just the beggining however they still trying to fix the network problem. Puerto Rico in Online!


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+ controllingchaos on December 12th, 2008 at 5:56 am said:

PS3 HOME should have a lot more FREE things to pick up rather then to make everyone pay real money for items.

The environments are well done, but again there needs to be a lot more places to go and see. Hopefully HOME will take off quickly. Kool concept, yet lacking free stuff for the avatar and living spaces.


843

+ KraZe_47 on December 12th, 2008 at 5:59 am said:

Sony thank you for HOME!!! I finally made a friend worth adding to the friends list which has been empty since I bought my PS3 on September ’08. Thank You.


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+ Balancedwg on December 12th, 2008 at 5:59 am said:

Second day, still having problems signing on. The error message I get says:

Server Error

Session has timed out or does not exist

:-603


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+ GGCAN on December 12th, 2008 at 6:13 am said:

Here we go with the complaints about Home.

I’m happy that it’s out before the end of 2008.

Also people, it’s LIVE BETA….Beta is still test, but everyone is invited so you have to remember there will be problems that still have to be identified.

As for posting about Home being down….I would rather have the techs working on the problem than taking time to post and delaying getting Home up.

Remember, this was day one for the public Beta, so there are bound to be problems.

I know I got in later in the evening and all was not too bad at all.
You should have seen it back a few months ago…pretty much all of those problems have been identified and fixed.

Give Sony a chance, as they have said it’s ever evolving and new stuff will appear.

People complaining about costs…..how many of you are purchasing the add on to games or costumes for LBP…those are all small fees as well and some are free, so there’s really no difference here with Home.

I like what I see now, but am expecting to see a lot of major changes in the coming months and years for Home and I’m giving Sony that chance.

Keep up the great work Sony….I’m on your side on this one.


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+ YunaPR on December 12th, 2008 at 6:17 am said:

Yes Guys remember is just a BETA theres a long way to go for sony, but i think its running pretty smoothly for just being a simple beta, so lets see what they come up next


847

+ dalar on December 12th, 2008 at 6:19 am said:

hahahahaahaha,

So I heard today about the news discussing home beta, finally here is it? – about time…. Then I remembered that I actually own a PS3, its just covered in the thick layer of dust…

Cleaned it up, downloaded latest update, downloaded home beta, go to sign in….. C931 network error….

You really can’t just get something to work can you?…. I know people will presume this as a ‘troll’ post but seriously, after not using my PS3 in a while, to come back, try home and see that it epically fails at login only summaries the incompetence of Sony… always behind…. whilst MS leads.


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+ oxy9er on December 12th, 2008 at 6:20 am said:

BETA people. Im sure that most of the things that you guys are whining for will be available when the FULL version launches. I personally thought they did a great job just getting this beta to us all and letting us experience the future of Home. The important thing is that we fill sony’s suggestion box full of all these good ideas, dont worry about complaining about them here. Anyway, I think Home will be a great success and I am glad that I will be able to make it better through my suggestions. Anybody yhat wants to add me my username is “oxy9er”. Thanks Sony for letting us, the end user, contribute.


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+ Alphaman on December 12th, 2008 at 6:33 am said:

I’ve read a lot (not all) of the 800+ comments here, but haven’t seen mention of one problem.

I — and a couple other guys over on the PSforums — STILL don’t have the Home icon on our XMB. I’ve been reading stuff on this blog and the forums for 2 days now, and I’ve tried a LOT of troubleshooting tips. I’ve rebooted my PS3 more times in the past 24 hours than in the past 2 years that I’ve owned it!

I’m running the latest firmware, I’m successfully signing into the PSN, and I’ve got no active downloads. Still, no Home in the XMB.

I’ve started a new thread on the Home forum with a better subject than the lame “Help me please” that I originally replied to.

Not all is shiny in the shiny new beta… :(


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+ GGCAN on December 12th, 2008 at 6:44 am said:

@847 – dalar.

If you like mini Miis on the 360 and having a console always in the shop…go for it.

I’d rather have an virtual world that more truly looks like the real world.

As I mentioned it’s Beta and having had to test applications and such in my real life job, I really don’t see that much of a problem with Home.

I did have a problem logging in yesterday, sure, but that’s to be expected in Home….it’s much much better than a few months back and I’m sure ongoing with Sony monitoring everything…we’ll be fine.

I’d rather Sony take their time on stuff than put out a product that nearly 50 % of the product has a failure.


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