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PlayStation Home v1.3 Coming Thursday + New Central Plaza, Neptune Suite and More! – UPDATE

Locust_Star's Avatar + Posted by Locust_Star on Sep 30, 2009 // PlayStation Home Community Manager

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We know that all of our Home-peoples have been waiting with bated breath for the newest version of PlayStation Home to launch. You’ve been messaging us on the official PlayStation Home forums and hitting us up in-world for all of the details. You’ve been leaving us comments on our Blog posts and on the official PlayStation Facebook and Twitter accounts. Some of you have even been chartering black helicopters and following us to and from our secret meetings, surveilling our every move, searching for evidence of the launch date. Well okay, maybe there hasn’t been so much of that, but you’ve been eager for info. And that’s why we’re all pumped to announce that PlayStation Home v1.3 will be coming to your PlayStation 3s this Thursday, October 1st.

For those of you who didn’t catch the official announcement of the client update in August, here’s the high-level overview. Home v1.3 equals the following things:

  • Universal Game Launching. Come this Thursday, you’ll be able to launch from Home into any game whose disc you have loaded into your PS3. This is how it works: 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.
  • In-Store Item Previewing. 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.
  • New Emotes and Actions. You can flip a coin with your friends to decide whose apartment to retreat to, or play the old “pick a number between 1 and 100” game to decide who is hosting the next party in Central Plaza. You will also be able to pose your avatar in a variety of ways, adding significantly to your ability to express yourself in-world. Heck, there are even new dances to hit the SingStar Rooms with.
  • More Item Types. Including limited use items (like the brand new Shrink Cake that lets you shrink your avatar to a tiny size) and portable objects (think: Bubble Machine). These will be available shortly after the launch of the client. This list of objects includes a free camera that you can use to snap pictures from either a 1st or 3rd person view. The 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. Dates for the camera and other items will be announced very soon, so stay tuned to this blog (and be sure to check the Latest Updates tab in your Menu Pad, under Community).
  • Tons of Improvements. We’ve added some new categories of clothing (composite and outfits) that will allow you to customize your avatar with greater ease. We’ve optimized the targeting system. We’ve fixed a bunch of the bugs you’ve been reporting on the official Home Support forum. We’re even giving you the option to determine your cache size (you can choose from 3, 5, 8, and 12 GB).

Going hand in hand with the v1.3 launch, we here at SCEA will be releasing an updated Central Plaza. We think you’ll find the new World Map Travel Center to be quite handy when it comes to navigating the vast, expansive world of PlayStation Home. This easy-to-use tool will be located right next to the new and improved Listen@Home kiosk, where you can listen to music and participate in community music events. On top of all this, we’ve added leaderboards and rewards to the ever-popular Saucer Pop mini-game and even placed a kiosk in Central Plaza from which you can grab prizes associated with events and a host of other items and content available from the PlayStation Network (in fact, if you check out this kiosk on launch day, you may just find some free items waiting for you). Watch the video below for a sneak peek of some of the new additions to CP.

We probably could’ve stopped there, but we wanted to get as much content to you to celebrate this momentous occasion as we possibly could. If you peep the video below you can get a first look at the new Neptune Suite personal space, also being released this Thursday. In this highly-interactive underwater abode, you can play a variety of built-in mini-games like the multi-player shooter Blast Zone. It even comes with its own pet that interacts with your avatar. And to top it all off, we’re even bringing the popular Hot Shots Golf game space over from Japan for all of you North American fans of this hugely popular franchise. Visit the space this Thursday, participate in our in-world survey, and walk away with a special prize.

See you in Home!

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+ renegadesquad on September 30th, 2009 at 3:33 pm said:

Please try to update central plaza with more than just trees. t would be better it you had more interaction with things. you would have more popularity.


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+ jstezzie1 on September 30th, 2009 at 3:34 pm said:

my friend has an xbox360 but no internet he wants the updated roster for madden 10 is there any way i can download it for him off the internet then take the flash drive to his house and upload it to his xbox360?


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+ burnedearth on September 30th, 2009 at 3:36 pm said:

thanks sony, i hope this puts the 360 to shame


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+ Kirkpad on September 30th, 2009 at 3:50 pm said:

Yay universal game launching. I bought a BBQ and the summer house, than realized I paid for a place to sit around. As opposed to actually buying add-ons that give you something to do such as Red Faction or Fallout 3.


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+ Ultra_Keyblade on September 30th, 2009 at 3:53 pm said:

No tv’s aww that’s not cool.
It seens that HOME is updating very slowly.
Free camera FTW! (But that’s all that is free?)


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+ robertmc8 on September 30th, 2009 at 4:07 pm said:

Dam home looking better sorry if I haven’t been in there long time. I’m a shy person to chat too lol. I’m not a very chattier person in home. Darn Looks like a lot downloading all day tomorrow :D.


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+ meccamonty on September 30th, 2009 at 4:13 pm said:

I doubt any of these features will be coming to europe any time soon, sigh..


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+ PaperCarrier on September 30th, 2009 at 4:30 pm said:

Wow! What a spectacular update for Playstation Home!!! I upgraded my PS3′s HDD in aticipation for the huge new update. October 1st also turns out to be my birthday. turning 29. Can’t wait!


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+ CloudStorm87 on September 30th, 2009 at 4:40 pm said:

Nice update. I hope Europe and the rest of the world doesn’t get left behind from these updates coz this might just me interested in Home again.


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+ Sekoku on September 30th, 2009 at 4:48 pm said:

Still no Wesker Glasses in Biohazard 5 US’s space = *yawn*-a-roony.

Capcom/you guys need to get this out. It’s been months since Japan got it. WHAT THE HELL IS TAKING SO LONG!?

Oh, yay, I can now do more than running man, I guess?


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+ h0tp00p on September 30th, 2009 at 4:51 pm said:

Fail. Do you really think you can grow this community without voice support in the common areas? Not a chance in the world.


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+ SHINSPIKES on September 30th, 2009 at 5:02 pm said:

This is great and all, but please bring the stuff we want first. The only thing on here is upping the cache. Thank you soo much for that, but is that the only way to make it faster? I have very fast internet and it doesn’t make a difference. Again, I want open voice chat. We have the ability to mute or turn off, so just bring it back. It feels almost ancient to type all the time. More free stuff from unlockin in actual games. More customization for our spaces, besides buyin furniture. Thank you.


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+ Fil-Am_3450 on September 30th, 2009 at 5:11 pm said:

COME ON!!!! LET THERE BE “WORKING TELEVISIONS AND STEREOS”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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+ Prattz on September 30th, 2009 at 5:15 pm said:

Since we won’t be able to watch our own videos on TVs, I’d love to see Sony make a deal with YouTube.

Streaming Youtube videos on Home would actually be really cool.

I could show people my LittleBigPlanet tutorials. =P


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+ superflydrew on September 30th, 2009 at 5:17 pm said:

i have a great idea maybe home could have a part in the XMB. like use your avatar to walk into room to select things on your XMB. or use your avatar as your psn avatar


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+ Gr00v3r06 on September 30th, 2009 at 5:17 pm said:

Yeah I would like TVs and stereos in my House(in Home) to share music and videos in with my friends. Also give the US home the same great Movies Theater that Europe has with multiple screens. Good to see you guys continue to improve Home.


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+ KILLZONE79 on September 30th, 2009 at 5:26 pm said:

sweet, cant wait too :)


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+ Skater_Ricky on September 30th, 2009 at 5:35 pm said:

Cant wait to get home to download this update… and to get PSP’s New Grand Trismo :D … October 1st is a new start for the PlayStation Network Family :D


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+ MGO_Count on September 30th, 2009 at 5:45 pm said:

Best, update, EVER


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+ OcTavius12 on September 30th, 2009 at 5:45 pm said:

MAKE MORE PICTURE FRAME SPOTS FOR THE SUMMER HOUSE, THOSE FRAMES COST 3 BUCKS AND WE CAN ONLY HAVE 2!!!!!!

THE CHAMBERS WAS FREE AND YOU CAN HAVE 12 WTF


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+ footballrule on September 30th, 2009 at 5:49 pm said:

OMG THANKS YOU Locust_star!!! xD


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+ CapinChronic on September 30th, 2009 at 5:52 pm said:

Thanks for the update L_S great update… I put 20$ in my wallet last week for this update.


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+ dreu81 on September 30th, 2009 at 6:01 pm said:

trophy room any time soon?


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+ LaLiLuLeLo on September 30th, 2009 at 6:29 pm said:

Yay, Home is one more step towards being worth a damn!


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+ RyanMcBainDOTcom on September 30th, 2009 at 6:34 pm said:

Now if we can just get public voice chat back. How long has it been?


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+ lanis01 on September 30th, 2009 at 6:37 pm said:

An excellent update! I just hope Sony is being honest about the camera and other items coming soon. Soon to them seems to be counted in months rather than say, next time we get an update. Still, seriously good move in the right direction.

But that video showing the plaza…that’s not our new plaza is it? Aside from Listen@Home and the big map, it looks just the same :(


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+ RenderMonk on September 30th, 2009 at 6:46 pm said:

I’m glad to see there are improvements and additions being made to the Home environment, but what we ALL want and are waiting for is the Trophy room implementation. Until that happens, Home is a big let down to the vast majority of PlayStation users. Add the trophy room, make sections of home be V.I.P. status only based on Trophy ranks. Please either let us know why this can no longer be done, or advise as to why it has not yet be done and when it can be expected….even it’s it’s years down the line, we deserve that much as paying Sony customers. Thank you for your consideration – Rendermonk


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+ s1vrNb1ck on September 30th, 2009 at 6:56 pm said:

Awesome news, I can hardly wait ;)


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+ NevilleTheGame on September 30th, 2009 at 6:59 pm said:

am i the one who hasnt dled home? u cant listen to ur own music? lol@ ppl buying virtual clothes.


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+ CrusherX on September 30th, 2009 at 7:30 pm said:

Oh. Migawd. UNIVERSAL GAME LAUNCHING! *asplode* This is fantastic, thank you Sony! :D


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+ Razokevin on September 30th, 2009 at 7:59 pm said:

NOOOOOOO! i cant enjoy that till tomorrow at night :’( too sad i need to wait too…


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+ phatso64 on September 30th, 2009 at 8:18 pm said:

hmmmm…. i forsee much shopping 4 phatso (:


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+ gold5225 on September 30th, 2009 at 8:22 pm said:

Cool I kinda Want to buy that Neptune Suite!


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+ sozo- on September 30th, 2009 at 8:23 pm said:

Finally!!! Thank you !!!


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+ rejurg on September 30th, 2009 at 8:58 pm said:

Wheres the penthouse suite at?


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+ x_-Midnight-_x on September 30th, 2009 at 9:18 pm said:

yay !!


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+ SoulBladeNG on September 30th, 2009 at 9:22 pm said:

Wow i like this update very much that i’m going to buy me a 20 dollar psn card .Sadly i work till 7 so i will have much fun when i get off. I love the new private space and the central plaza


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+ BraveQuiskeyan on September 30th, 2009 at 9:24 pm said:

yes! at last the update is finally here….


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+ austinite04 on September 30th, 2009 at 9:27 pm said:

nice update, but not one word of PUBLIC MICS!! so its a major let down or as some call it and EPIC FAIL!!! Im sorry but a new central plaza is nice, a new personal space is okay but seriously, we need to talk again in home. Thats how I made friends in home, by actually TALKING to them not just typing. PLEASE bring back what made version .98 so sweet, bring back the mics!! I really don’t care for the trophy room, who gives a crap about a museum. which home is slowly turning into anyway at this point. I want a paintball space, or lasertag something FUN to do in home.


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+ Erniejpan on September 30th, 2009 at 9:47 pm said:

Is this like a party system? or do you still need to sent invitations after inside the game?

I know the guys who post on the blog about news never answer the question lol. It just like another way of advertising lol. only The guy from Capcom answers to their fans.


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+ skrillazoe on September 30th, 2009 at 10:05 pm said:

Universal game launching. Best news for home ever.


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+ Primalhaze on September 30th, 2009 at 10:23 pm said:

All i can say is… WOW!!
Home just keeps blowing me away. i cant wait to buy new personal space, and i get a pet 2 boot… simply awesome.
However, i still have one question … When will the die hard Bowlers of Home be able to win something? Why are we being ignored AGAIN? lol
All-n-all i can’t say enough good things about Home. i guess i’ll be sleeping even less now. lol
I LOVE PSHome. is it possible 2 marry it? NO but, i sure spend the money on it and live with it 24/7… might as well be…LOL i luv YOU…


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+ dewayne-hamilton on September 30th, 2009 at 10:30 pm said:

So…they delayed the camera. new areas are great…revamped games and plaza super…

…but the one thing i loved about 1.3…

the camera…

…is delayed…

so, how long is THIS great aspect of home gonna take guys? i really don’t even care about updating tommorow…i’ll come back when there’s a camera.

and i swear to big guns upstairs, if you charge us for a camera use “token” fee like the shrink crap…MR Hammy here wont be back.


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+ Erniejpan on September 30th, 2009 at 10:31 pm said:

@202

lmao what is this site? Xbox 360 101? This is PlayStation blog dude lol.


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+ MadDawg542 on September 30th, 2009 at 10:47 pm said:

I’m with PrimalHaze we need rewards for bowling. Heck I even designed two trophies in a 3D rendering program and sent them to CydoniaX and Locust_Star offering to GIVE them to the Home community. I never got a response from either one of them.

Another thing I’d like to see is changed in the bowling app on the U.S. server is to call three strikes in a row a Turkey, like they do on the other servers.

Other than that Update sounds pretty cool!


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+ SeraphimArietta on October 1st, 2009 at 12:32 am said:

I am so getting the Neptune suite.


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+ nuurkey07 on October 1st, 2009 at 12:55 am said:

An Update is When u bring Tv and Stereo but of course you will sell it for 5$ Wtf, we need to display pictures and everything u have to buy is money seriously sony. do you think everybody can afford those in the uk store the have a lot of stuff free why nt here in US.


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+ KILLA_KING_007 on October 1st, 2009 at 3:00 am said:

2 words- Great Job!!!


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+ niwrA on October 1st, 2009 at 3:01 am said:

Awesome update. However, does it also support booting games on the HDD, like PSN downloadable games, demos etc? Or only games you put into the drive?


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+ highscore101 on October 1st, 2009 at 3:04 am said:

I am looking at the neptune suiet on the blog vid and it is awesome ty sony


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