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Enormous Update Coming to PlayStation Home

Locust_Star's Avatar + Posted by Locust_Star on May 06, 2009 // PlayStation Home Community Manager

Greetings, Home-people. Locust_Star here dropping in to give you the straight truth on what new goodies to expect in PlayStation Home this week. Simply put, this is one of the biggest content updates in the history of Home – and we think you’re going to dig what we have in store for you.

Siren: Blood Curse Wallpaper 2

By popular demand, we have brought the Siren: Blood Curse space over from Japan (this space will appear in the European region at a later date). The basic overview is this: The Siren Home space is broken up into three basic zones. When you first enter the Siren space, you’re outside the Ward of Despair, in what looks like an old, rundown carnival space. The entrance to the Ward is just a few steps away. Upon entering it, you’ll find yourself in the mini-game’s lobby. Inside you’ll see video screens on the walls and places to sit and mingle with other players waiting their turn to enter the Ward of Despair mini game. When you’re ready to play, simply approach the receptionist and she’ll send you into the Ward (assuming that the background downloading is complete, which begins upon entry to the lobby scene and can take a few moments).

The Ward of Despair is the Saiga Hospital stage from this PSN downloadable game, recreated as a mini-game for Home, and playable with up to 5 players. Everyone is tasked with objectives that must be completed within the 5 minute time limit. If a Shibito, or zombie, catches you, it’s game over. Also, if you can’t complete the game before the time limit runs out, it’s game over for everyone. Successful completion of all objectives presents the player(s) with reward items in the form of some super creepy costumes.

Take time over the weekend to visit this space and earn these reward items, as we’ll be throwing a special event for those of you that manage to successfully complete the Ward of Despair mini-game. See, on Tuesday, May 12th, between the hours of 4:00pm and 7:00pm PT (6:00pm and 9:00am EST), we’ll be throwing the Siren: HorrorBowl bowling tournament. Users that show up for this bowling tournament outfitted with the Siren reward items will qualify for a random giveaway of the first Siren: Blood Curse bundle (episodes 1-4), which we’ll be passing out via PSN vouchers throughout the event.

In coordination with this space launch and event, the PlayStation Store will be offering a special sale on the full game and the episode bundles. The full game is now only $29.99, and each of the 3 episode bundles is only $10.99. So now’s the time to head over to the store and pick up the game if you haven’t already, or to snatch up those last remaining episodes to complete your collection. There’s even a demo available on the PS Store, so you can try it out before you buy it.

By now, you’re probably well aware of the Patapon 2 event/t-shirt launch also going on in Home on Thursday, May 7th. But I’m here to tell you that we have even more in terms of exclusive vids playing in-world for you this weekend. The fine folk behind the hilarious upcoming PSN multiplayer game Fat Princess have given us an exclusive “behind-the-scenes” developer diary video, delving into the inspiration behind this comic medieval battle royale, to air for one week in the Theater. This video will only be up for a limited time—one week only—before it makes its way to the PS Store later this month. So make sure you log in to Home and head over to the Theater to check it out before anyone else.

Moving away from this week’s events and into the realm of apartments, we are pleased to announce two new premium areas coming your way this Thursday. These two apartments are a new “Log Cabin”-themed area and the Living Room Stage Set.

The Living Room Stage Set will go on sale in the PlayStation Home Mall and will be loaded with interactive lights, cameras, backdrops and movie-related equipment to simulate a real-life studio production environment. The versatile lighting and camera systems allow for a wide range of desired angles, movements, transitions, cuts and lens set-ups that allow you to take control of the technical and artistic aspects. Combined with 12 props that come with the space to decorate the set, you’ll have access to the tools necessary to create your own film. Priced at $4.99, the Living Room Stage Set will be available at the Estates store in PlayStation Home Mall for your directorial debut.

On top of all this, we have a metric boatload of virtual items coming down the pike including Tekken costumes and figurines and 14 Killzone 2 shirts (plus a bunch of other gear in the Threads store). We also think you’ll pleased to find that the inFAMOUS pre-order and reward outfits will begin unlocking right on time.

There’s more stuff to do in Home than ever before, so come on in and give it all a spin. We’ll be looking for you.

//Add Your Own

204 Comments   7 Replies

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+ SPARDA on May 6th, 2009 at 8:05 am said:

Great update. Home is really growing

but like #19 mentioned what I’m really waiting for is:

“Watch a video/listen to music off your HDD with friend’s in your HOME space”.

Keep up the good work.


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+ StrykerIsland on May 6th, 2009 at 8:07 am said:

It’s about time that Siren space makes it’s way to the NA Home, it’s fantastic.

Now please bring the other spaces over, Hot Shots Golf next please!

And revamp the movie theater to be more like an actual cineplex (ala JP one) instead of the single theater one we have now.


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+ jimmy903 on May 6th, 2009 at 8:08 am said:

Living Room Stage Set? You guys have lost your minds.

I’m going to pick it up though, why not? I have the other 2 living spaces and will get the log cabin.

That’s three backdrops, so then more are on the way? And know that where in the movies, I guess that its script time.


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+ StrykerIsland on May 6th, 2009 at 8:08 am said:

E3 press conference streaming from my Home apartment, make it happen Sony!


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+ jimmy903 on May 6th, 2009 at 8:10 am said:

Edit: And now that where in the movies,I guess that its script time.


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+ MeltTech on May 6th, 2009 at 8:12 am said:

GAME LAUNCHING?

HELLO, ANYONE GOT THEIR EARS ON OUT THERE?

GAME LAUNCHING PLEASE!


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+ ClinToN on May 6th, 2009 at 8:12 am said:

I have another question about StageSet.

Is it similar to clubs and home spaces where the owner is the only one able to manipulate items?

Basically, what I want to know…is it possible for me to invite a friend in to work the camera while I stand on stage?

Thanks…and yes- keep up the good work with HOME!


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+ Letters2Kay on May 6th, 2009 at 8:12 am said:

You have to have a video capture device to make movies with the movie set environment? That’s pretty lame considering it’s intentionally designed for making films- and YouTube capture/upload is already implemented directly into games like Noby Noby Boy. Why not Home?


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+ GUINNESSS on May 6th, 2009 at 8:21 am said:

How is that an enormous udate??
An update is when we get stuff we actually need on PSN


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+ joseph2411 on May 6th, 2009 at 8:21 am said:

Please add an E3 space so we can see the PlayStation conference and other E3 videos within Home this June.


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+ Carl-G on May 6th, 2009 at 8:21 am said:

I’d LOVE a ‘LBP’ Space? Good stuff SONY ;)


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+ budmuhnquai on May 6th, 2009 at 8:22 am said:

Hooray, once again the European market gets nothing. Are we Euro-users being jipped out of content for a reason? Seems like we’re the last to get anything of any worth.


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+ nickjd331 on May 6th, 2009 at 8:25 am said:

I must say even though its disappointing that the siren space is not coming to Europe yet, I really appreciate that you mentioned this in the post. Therefore I will let you off!

This would make me presume that two premium spaces are going to be in Europe!


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+ SPOPS on May 6th, 2009 at 8:26 am said:

“you’ll have access to the tools necessary to create your own film when hooked up to a video capture system”

Please explain that further. Does that mean that this will not actually be capturing the video and saving it on our HDD. What I am asking is, is there youtube support for this like in certain games.

If you need your own video capture equipment, you are limiting this space to only a select few. Those select few will have the necessary stuff to actually use the space as intended.


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+ Letters2Kay on May 6th, 2009 at 8:27 am said:

I’ll be checking out the Siren space, sounds very cool. Thanks for bringing it over even though Siren hasn’t been hugely popular in th US. True fan-sevice. Thanks again…


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+ SWANN on May 6th, 2009 at 8:28 am said:

Nice!!! Very kool space. Where is the Resistance, Killzone, and trophy rooms? Are they still coming, also?


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+ DA_SHREDDER on May 6th, 2009 at 8:31 am said:

Hey I got an idea. How bout you guys start working on cross game chat and party system before you guys keep on making this useless crap? Aren’t you guys sick of being second when it comes to voice communications on consoles? God, who is running this organization? You wanna know why you guys only made a million dollar profit last year? Just take a guess. Hmmm?


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+ DA_SHREDDER on May 6th, 2009 at 8:34 am said:

sorry 4 million dollar profit. There is no edit option. Seriously though, you guys aren’t going anywhere with home. Most of the people on this earth dont even have enough time to sit through Home’s loading times let alone mess around all day playing around with it. Are you guys really that ignorant?


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+ Letters2Kay on May 6th, 2009 at 8:41 am said:

So the movie set space comes with a TV and stereo… Do they actually function or are they just for looks? Important info when considering a purchase- please let us know.


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+ ClinToN on May 6th, 2009 at 8:42 am said:

DA_SHREDDER, you don’t really know what you’re talking about so chill out.

You obviously haven’t been into Home lately. I’m far from being a daily user but I’m not foolish enough to think others aren’t using it. You’re in for a surprise if you log in around prime time.


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+ jdizzle84 on May 6th, 2009 at 8:46 am said:

Great job with all the innovations and additions to Home!


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+ afrosheen on May 6th, 2009 at 8:53 am said:

The complete lack of video capture and editing is very confusing. I’m guessing that everyone will have to go out and buy a Hauppauge HD PVR
model 1212 and a set of good component cables. Then they’ll have to get it hooked up to their PC for capture. Then they’ll have to come up with software to edit the raw footage.

*scratches head* Who thought omitting the most important part of the process was a good idea?


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+ ExPresident on May 6th, 2009 at 9:04 am said:

This and more is what we expect from HOME. I’ve actually started using it more and really enjoy the Texas Holdem in the EA Complex. Keep up the good work guys ;)


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+ SPARDA on May 6th, 2009 at 9:04 am said:

Yeah…not that I watched the video, I really need to understand and learn more about the video capturing option (or the lack of). At first I though it would be transferred directly to our HDD.

I really need to know more before purchasing this.

Hopefully there will be more details today.

SPARDA


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+ onisat on May 6th, 2009 at 9:08 am said:

cool nice hearing from you. Can’t wait to tryout stage set.


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+ RaymondBel on May 6th, 2009 at 9:10 am said:

In order to really have real action in Home Studio would be to implement the sort of controls that LBP uses to move your avatar body and arms. The basic and pre-programmed avatar movements in home are really limiting and boring.


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+ RaymondBel on May 6th, 2009 at 9:12 am said:

@72

Yeah, just like they implemented a photo viewer, it could be very cool to have a video editing software under the video tab in our XMB


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+ Dragonzblaze on May 6th, 2009 at 9:15 am said:

amazing home keeps getting better n better cant w8 4 this thursday and jeff i cant sign in on my ps3 plz fix that issue i love signing in the blog on my ps3 i think its really cool


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+ DjLess on May 6th, 2009 at 9:16 am said:

Any update on the Singstar Items yet?


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+ Darkos87 on May 6th, 2009 at 9:20 am said:

Home is actually becoming worthwhile… too bad us europeans dont have the same things as you us.


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+ Shuya86 on May 6th, 2009 at 9:26 am said:

Stage set looks very cool, have you considered implementing youtube uploading.

Please consider it as I’m sure if you did you’d see a lot more activity, not everyone has the equipment or know how to video capture externally.


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+ mikedo2007 on May 6th, 2009 at 9:32 am said:

Wow, the stage set looks kind of intresting. Looks like all the people who are studying acting and directing plays may get their chance to do it on HOME. Nice work, Sony expect a rise in PS3 sales because you just give actors and directors a reason to buy a PS3.

Oh by the way I was at Kotaku, it looks like in Japan, the PS3 sold 288 Percent since last April. You can go to Kotaku.


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+ Thrasher20 on May 6th, 2009 at 9:33 am said:

I will update later once I am done with finals


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+ dUb_420i on May 6th, 2009 at 9:33 am said:

wow, great update. i look forward to the siren space. but, i really dont understand what the stage set is all about. i dont know why it ever went into development. sure, i see the possiblities, but i would rather have more home spaces…..


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+ FoolKiller79 on May 6th, 2009 at 9:33 am said:

This is interesting, but not exactly what I am looking for. So far the poker tables have been the biggest thing for me.

As I have said before I would to see spaces dedicated more toward activities/games like:

Full casino with multiple game types.
Midway arcade style games.
Family game night board games.

The popularity of poker should be a big sign that these kinds of activities are what people want as they allow socializing while still doing something. The biggest draw back for me is that I feel like I am standing at a mostly silent screen of my avatar talking in speech bubbles to another avatar and it gets boring fast.

Another idea I have is that instead of standing and waiting for a game and hoping to push X fast enough why not have a waiting list? At least then you know for sure if you can get in the next game.


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+ StalkingSilence on May 6th, 2009 at 9:40 am said:

Only way to “make a movie” is via hardware video capture devices? Probably should allow YouTube uploading.


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+ desithrilla93 on May 6th, 2009 at 9:41 am said:

The studio set looks sooo cooool!!I can’t wait to buy it tomorrow (my first home purchase!)

One question though, will the TV and speakers work? and what do you mean by the capturing option?

thanks =]


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+ DNAgent on May 6th, 2009 at 9:41 am said:

Meh. I don’t see this as an enormous update at all. Then you talk about another one of those “events” which I really don’t care about because they always end up failing just like the last one (the Guitar Hero event).

I’ll just do the Xi stuff and log off as usual. I’m not interested in any of this added stuff.


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+ LiQuiZoN on May 6th, 2009 at 9:45 am said:

Locust_Star

There needs to be Party systems in HOME. Theres no way to move around with your friends or communicate with a group of people via voice.

There should be a ‘Party Host’ who determines whever everyone gets pulled into.

Hope you read this :(


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+ Devils_Demon on May 6th, 2009 at 9:46 am said:

“Simply put, this is one of the biggest content updates in the history of Home.”

LOL. Really?? This is the biggest update so far? Wow, doesn’t really do Home any favours.

So now we can pay 5 dollars to take videos of our avatars doing the Robot in front of a green screen. After we’ve recorded that exiting and ‘edge of your seat’ footage we can…. watch it again. Can we upload it to Youtube? No. Can we save it to our HDD? No.

Think I’ll pass thank you very much.


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+ Thwip on May 6th, 2009 at 9:46 am said:

The Stage Set feature looks cool, and the video peeked my interest; however the comments would suggest that it raises more questions than it did sell the product.

Some additional insight, or comment replies would be appreciated.

PS – Am I ever going to be able to give my HOME avatar the dated 90′s goatee that I sport in real life?


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+ elon09 on May 6th, 2009 at 9:51 am said:

I can appreciate the addition of new things to do in home, but I don’t see how more endless downloading and loading translates into fun.


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+ h0tp00p on May 6th, 2009 at 9:51 am said:

Seriously? People are going to pay for an appartment that looks like a set? What kind of loser would you have to be?

When is voice chat comming back? Poker in the EA space would actually be a fun way to get to know people if you could talk instead of text while you played.


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+ XxDeathDoctorxX on May 6th, 2009 at 9:52 am said:

can we get video or pictures of the log cabin space? and how much will the log cabin space be?


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+ StalkingSilence on May 6th, 2009 at 9:53 am said:

Now WOULD be a good time to mention what the stage set does not include! ;)


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+ Silent_Gig on May 6th, 2009 at 10:00 am said:

When will we be able to fuly customise our homespace, that should have been pay attention to. I want to add my ownpictures, put cool stuff in there and all kinds of toys and nick-nacks.

What happened?


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+ Siufu on May 6th, 2009 at 10:00 am said:

When will we have movie record function or youtube upload function? It will be best if we can take video with the stage.


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+ titobudd on May 6th, 2009 at 10:08 am said:

Siren: Blood Curse is one of the best gaming experiences I have ever had. Trophies would be a welcome addition to this excellent game.


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+ dwight123 on May 6th, 2009 at 10:08 am said:

No 1.20 update?


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+ EvoAnubis on May 6th, 2009 at 10:09 am said:

Very not bad!


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