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PlayStation Home v1.3 Coming This September

Locust_Star's Avatar + Posted by Locust_Star on Aug 19, 2009 // PlayStation Home Community Manager

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.

Home Shrink Potion

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.

Home Camera

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.

See you all in Home!

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+ l0_t0 on August 19th, 2009 at 7:20 pm said:

Just 2 things:

Trophy Room (or Hall of Fame)
Home avatars for PSN Gamecards, no more game characters for this.


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+ walter_sobchak on August 19th, 2009 at 7:26 pm said:

Home is a waste of resources and takes Sony off of focusing on what is needed for the platform: making the PS3 the dominant media platform in the living room.

The developers have done a good job on it, but at the end of the day all it is is a marketing avenue for the publishers.


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+ ayoungbraveheart on August 19th, 2009 at 7:27 pm said:

this is so cool


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+ RenderMonk on August 19th, 2009 at 7:30 pm said:

Glad to see improvements, but stick to the main thing people want, their trophy room. Either add it, or advise us as to why it can’t be added yet, so we can have a reason to continue waiting patiently. Please advise.


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+ Feiwaltan on August 19th, 2009 at 7:32 pm said:

I hope you guys add the ability to run, it takes too long to get from one place to another at the genital jogging pace that is on right now. Other than that I do appreciate some of the things you guys are attempting, what happened to the free photo frames and video frames we were supposed to get when you guys were showing Home?


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+ station3fever on August 19th, 2009 at 7:36 pm said:

Fantastico, perfecto, magnifico, awesome, oh yes, great, lovely, PS3 is the best.


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+ jennifer_shane on August 19th, 2009 at 7:45 pm said:

Sounds very cool. I was wondering if we’d get more portable inventory. I am really hoping for pets that you can bring out from your inventory and walk on a leash or do tricks and such. There could even be a pet store. It would be very cool….


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+ bushisprez on August 19th, 2009 at 7:52 pm said:

new toys besides bubble machine and try before you buy @ threads hooray!!! sony has finally brung fans wishes to life!!! =)


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+ Axecution on August 19th, 2009 at 7:59 pm said:

Hooooly crap.

I must say, this has been the best week ever for the PS3. Damn.

Props SCEA


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+ LoLskilled87 on August 19th, 2009 at 8:02 pm said:

Jesus Christ!!!!

What an update!!!


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+ xb0xkilla162 on August 19th, 2009 at 8:04 pm said:

Universal Game Launching. I’m expecting to see a lot of Call of Duty there. Now my time on Home will be tripled! (Small estimate)


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+ Kill_Alot88 on August 19th, 2009 at 8:05 pm said:

SWEET! Thanks guys!


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+ KwietStorm on August 19th, 2009 at 8:32 pm said:

All Home criticism aside, this is a pretty big deal. Universal Game Launching is something that not only have MANY users been asking for, but it’s something that I wasn’t sure would ever surface. That feature alone is huge for Home. Actually, a lot of this stuff is what people have been asking for. That clothing preview is a necessity too. Home has been moving in the right direction, and sometimes it actually just seems like yesterday when there was almost no content available.


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+ Adyeniel on August 19th, 2009 at 8:35 pm said:

Oh yeah finally game launching all games thx Locust good job every weekend events all games.


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+ Jae-Unit on August 19th, 2009 at 8:36 pm said:

Needs voice chat still. I remember it had proximity voice chat before and Home was way more fun like that. If you don’t like someone you can mute them anyways. I don’t understand why they removed voice chat.


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+ Thomaticus on August 19th, 2009 at 8:41 pm said:

I love the new addition, however, I think that Background Downloading of Home updates while the system is off (or in standby) would be best, that way at night someone can download all the updates to have for the next day. Also, to get people to visit home more, itd be nice to have users begin in their home space when they start up the ps3.


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+ ADR143 on August 19th, 2009 at 8:44 pm said:

this is the best week ever!!!!

man SONY is on Fire!


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+ SuperTiso on August 19th, 2009 at 8:44 pm said:

And where are my SingStar unlockables in HOME when I got the corresponding trophies for them?


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+ NESGamepro on August 19th, 2009 at 8:49 pm said:

Sounds like it will be a great update. So many great announcements this week. :)


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+ shad_86 on August 19th, 2009 at 8:55 pm said:

All I want is two things.

the plasmas tv’s.

the stereos for our HDD music.

And advice, if you want to home be real success think on Facebook and twitter.. now convert that into Home World with a little of your own creativity.


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+ Hiddenx__Shinobi on August 19th, 2009 at 9:11 pm said:

This is freaking awesome.Sony has put in so much work!!

THIS IS WHY I LOVE SONY,PLAYSTATION FTW!!!!

THIS CHRISTMAS AND FALL IS GOING TO ROCK SOO HARD!!!


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+ SOOPERGOOMAN187 on August 19th, 2009 at 9:11 pm said:

Glad I didn’t sell my PS3 today…


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+ HongoXIII on August 19th, 2009 at 9:30 pm said:

All of this looks fantastic. Keep up the good work Home team!


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+ JinZX1 on August 19th, 2009 at 9:47 pm said:

glad to see universal game launching finally coming back. will there be any games that will be added to the list of full support soon?


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+ gamfan15 on August 19th, 2009 at 9:47 pm said:

They should totally add a remote control car for use in your personal spaces that would be awesome :)


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+ Destiny89 on August 19th, 2009 at 9:49 pm said:

very nice


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+ Awesome_Aleks on August 19th, 2009 at 10:05 pm said:

Does this fix the Sub-Account Age Restriction when old enough bug?


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+ EDD_9012 on August 19th, 2009 at 10:15 pm said:

wow thats awesome guys ill have to download home again now that you guys added universal game launching ! XD great job guys! keep up the good work XD


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+ NathanJ_ on August 19th, 2009 at 10:20 pm said:

I wonder what this universal game launching stuff means. I’m betting it still means we have to beg the developer to put game launching into multiplayer games. Wonder when the trophy room is going to be done, or when public space voice chat is going to come back. Can’t wait to intrude into people’s photos. The griefing is non-stop on ps HOME!


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+ MakaiOokami on August 19th, 2009 at 10:52 pm said:

I can’t turn up the cache’ size to 11? Awww…

Well it’s not a Spinal Tap meme but 12 will have to suffice. Now let me check to see if I still have more than 80 gigs on my 320GB Hard drive.

Yes I do. I’ll still have 80 Gigs after I change the cache size as well. I’ve got every game I can installed including optional installs, tons of random t.v. shows from my computer, a bunch of music, tons of PSN titles, and will have a ton of cache in Home and STILL have more HDD space left than most people start with.

Hmm… what to add next XD Keep up the great work guys. Thanks for giving us large HDD drive users a nice option


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+ lgjoka2002 on August 19th, 2009 at 11:02 pm said:

that shrinking potion looks awsome i wonder if you can step on them lol.


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+ FiloSeba on August 19th, 2009 at 11:04 pm said:

it would be great if finally people in south america can access home. greetings from Argentina!!!!!


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+ AegiZ on August 19th, 2009 at 11:07 pm said:

looking forward to it…can’t wait


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+ FireDragonGod on August 19th, 2009 at 11:08 pm said:

Thanx 4 Update 3.00 And This Home Update

Plz Come Out With Universal In Game Music….& PS Home Should Allow Me 2 Play My Own Music

If U Release Just These 2 Things

My Life With Sony Will Become Official x100

PLZ SONY PLZ


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+ ndw4 on August 19th, 2009 at 11:23 pm said:

I still think Home sucks.ALOT


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+ IceCold on August 19th, 2009 at 11:28 pm said:

Humm I hope they bring back the Bravia TV’s voice chat. Cross game chatting would be nice also. all this new I also hope they bring in software emulation to the new ps3. That will shut down the competition.


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+ Dice_for_Death_ on August 19th, 2009 at 11:39 pm said:

12-gigabyte precaching, all the way.

Aside from that, this is easily a best thing to happen to Home. Screenshots? Nice. Universal game launching? Awesome, cool, with a side of sweet.

Nice one, PS Home R&D.


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+ jimhead on August 19th, 2009 at 11:42 pm said:

Everything sounds fantastic, except for the one us items. But that is a hill we will climb then.


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+ DUBMNM on August 20th, 2009 at 12:00 am said:

finely we’re going to be able to see the clothes before buying… i have been wanting 2 buy some RE5 T-shirt but i don’t if their good but soon i’ll be able to check them out! thank guys!


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+ Jeyr2009 on August 20th, 2009 at 12:09 am said:

yes!!!!!! home is the best always updating i just love it


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+ OldKai on August 20th, 2009 at 12:13 am said:

Hope you can fix the lag and stuttering, whenever there’s a lot of stuff going on (people/videos) it’s just painful to even want to be in Home.

But I really don’t like my internet so eh..


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+ enormhi on August 20th, 2009 at 12:19 am said:

When I go to the Presentation Podium (EU version) I always get a freeze. What’s that about? Could be the weather (30 Celsius today)


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+ Ospov on August 20th, 2009 at 12:20 am said:

I might actually get on Home more often after this patch. Just in time for the new buyers after the price drop and Slim too. Nice timing by Sony.


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+ EmperorKorea on August 20th, 2009 at 12:22 am said:

i’ll stick with the superior xmb.


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+ NOR-chr on August 20th, 2009 at 12:43 am said:

Looks awesome. But are you planning to integrate Twitter or other social media functions into Home?


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+ GreyWulf on August 20th, 2009 at 1:10 am said:

So what about the promise made in the original Home Video about sharing music and video streamed from our hard drives with friends .

is that gonna ever be or was a mistake to say?


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+ nickolas82 on August 20th, 2009 at 1:26 am said:

HOME team:

-custom music and video in our HOME apartments (as promised from the very begining)

-hall of fame space (as promised from the very begining also)

-HOME games to our apartments like pool,chess,poker or backgammon

-Game to HOME trophies (as it should be)

-HOME avatars to psn id (now with the 3.00 update custom avatar option)

Thanks for reading (if you did)


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+ JamesL007 on August 20th, 2009 at 1:31 am said:

Okay, I just updated Home to Version 1.23 and can’t seem to connect to the home servers at all. Is anyone else having this problem?? I go to connect and then it just hangs at the loading the screen then gives me this error code D5027.


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+ TheHiFiJedi on August 20th, 2009 at 1:45 am said:

All this sounds fun I guess but, where is the TROPHY ROOM thats all I really want from HOME.


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+ poweredbyzen on August 20th, 2009 at 2:18 am said:

i love Home!


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