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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

UPDATE: If you’re having trouble logging into Home, please follow these instructions.

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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+ mgsfoxhound2 on October 5th, 2009 at 3:31 pm said:

yes sony cool your jets some on finishing updates for us i can wait longer… better to wait longer then to have problems like this. Thanks for all the hard work!


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+ SetTrip04 on October 5th, 2009 at 5:05 pm said:

Thats whats up! New Stuff, I cant wait to go home! Metal Gear Online!!


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+ zeke2040 on October 5th, 2009 at 6:57 pm said:

thanks for the help… i was wondering why i couldn’t get into home at all… and i hope you fix the problem with items that are causing the system to crash… keep up the good work team..


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+ dnirish on October 6th, 2009 at 7:57 am said:

when will there be anytime chatting on the ps3 like xbox has?


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+ dnirish on October 6th, 2009 at 8:00 am said:

and on chating i mean, like during a game or chatting while playing a different game with friends @ anytime while online?


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+ nYcFrEeWiLL82 on October 6th, 2009 at 11:11 am said:

HoMe is giving me a hard tyme to njoy..al this logging in and out and deleting and reinstalling ..man sometimes i wonder why i still try..ooh i know.. because its FREE!..lol and its actually worth it.thanks for the new neptune personal space..its one of the best if not the best..keep it up..ooh and when is the STUFF sToRe and them SoNy Tv’s…AND OPEN CHAT!! PLEASE!!! THANK YOU


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+ jamiewatson on October 6th, 2009 at 5:45 pm said:

thx 4 the update we need more dance like club style dances like spinning on ur head couples dance alittle closer together than they we do now n let kissing be on home but the othe persons has to allow it make more stuff 4 couples on here to do n i like the bed but is ther gona be more stuff added 4 the bed or wat is the just another stupid way to sell a bench n we need to be able to use the tvs 4 like movies we have in the disic drive 2 be able 2 play on home at r houses and the radioeo y cant u let people play music from ther cds when they put ther cd in the disc drive n play songs on it so u can have fun with ur friends and couples n play songs a love boat would be akinda cool n like i said wat is all the hype about the beds if u cant use them im buying 1 tomarow so please tell me


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+ med5doc on October 6th, 2009 at 11:55 pm said:

THE QUESTIONNAIRE IN HOT SHOTS GOLF SPACE HAS NOT WORKED SINCE IT OPENED, I HAVE TRIED EVERYDAY AND IT KEEPS SAYING IT’S CONGESTED AND EVERYONE ELSE I ASKED SAYS THE SAME THING AS WELL, SO IT’S JUST NOT ME!

Also, I finally got Home to work, had to delete everything, but finally was able to get on! Thanks for fixing the issues!


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+ Jayzer3Cat on October 7th, 2009 at 11:02 am said:

haha what a joke, home sucks and launching games between friends has been on xbox live forever, i have been a member since it started. I can`t believe people are paying real money for a fake chair or couch in a fake world. Even in world of warcraft they don`t charge you for such rediculous things. You shouldn’t have wasted that time and amount of resources on something so irrelevant and trivial. I would have liked to have seen more features from in game or via the xmb instead of this worthless home concept.


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+ Atomic_Virus on October 7th, 2009 at 1:16 pm said:

Do you know if they are bring public voice chat back?


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+ B-I-G-D on October 7th, 2009 at 2:20 pm said:

i cant get on home since the 1.3 update. it freezes up and i have to restart my playstation. can someone please help me?


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+ twister1389 on October 8th, 2009 at 5:19 am said:

same goes here, my PlayStation freezes every time… it works for a short while but it freezes after wards.


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+ sw1tchd on October 8th, 2009 at 4:09 pm said:

i am having the same problem.. it gets to the initializing and then freezes.. it never had this problem before..


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+ demzalf on October 8th, 2009 at 5:00 pm said:

How about adding more appliances to the furniture store like a 52″ Sony Bravia flatscreen and a PS3 SLIM for starters. Grey and black headbands for customizing avatars, as well as flanel shirts and more costumes. Access to the areas outside the Central Plaza would be nice as well(can we go outside the gate to the Marina where the boats are?) Perhaps adding stores to the Marina would be a nice touch. The list goes on. Last question/gripe: where is that Mech from in the Central Plaza? A game? Enquiring minds want to know.


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+ chaos285 on October 8th, 2009 at 7:13 pm said:

I cant get into home after this update what happened is it home?? or what i really wana get into home what do i do


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+ tuko on October 8th, 2009 at 10:08 pm said:

there seems to be an easy solution to the freezing: delete it and reinstall.


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+ DARRELLBRETT2458 on October 9th, 2009 at 12:03 am said:

I downloaded the new update for home, but when I tried to connect it froze on me!!! So I deleted it and now have to redownload it. hopefully it will work then. I hope it gets fixed. Has anyone else had this problem? Please tell me what to do.


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+ BD-S-I-C on October 9th, 2009 at 7:16 am said:

This neptune space looks great!

The worst personal spaces are: All the KZ2 spaces and the Ghostbusters Firehouse was really pathetic.


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+ BD-S-I-C on October 9th, 2009 at 7:17 am said:

Also, while were on the subject of Updates, please make it so we can play videos or movies on the LCD’s in our spaces.

Videos and movies that we have on our HDD


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+ SolidAce1 on October 9th, 2009 at 7:33 pm said:

I know! I d/led the 1.3 update and I found online that because of a few free items that you achieved in Home, the system freezes! What kind of BS is that? They gotta fix this and patch it up so the many owners can enjoy the new HOME! I want to see the new Plaza! This is ridiculous.


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+ kode-_-red on October 11th, 2009 at 6:35 pm said:

is the update for psp too?


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+ Karlos-Creed on October 12th, 2009 at 2:50 pm said:

WHEN R U GOING 2 FIX HOME


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+ dominiumundi on October 15th, 2009 at 5:45 pm said:

Hello guys, I got a problem. I download the patch and install it. Now when I want to enter to HOME, the system starts but then frezze in the Initializing Screen, what can I do? It´s normal . . . Help me!!!


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+ gundumb87 on October 17th, 2009 at 6:10 am said:

are you really going to make people pay to play online?? and nice updates thanks


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+ gundumb87 on October 17th, 2009 at 6:11 am said:

psn must be free!!!!!!!!!!


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+ diogo1997 on October 18th, 2009 at 8:31 am said:

im from portugal and i already have the version 1.3 but the center plaza is not the same


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+ SIRDETH on October 26th, 2009 at 10:24 am said:

i kinda miss the beat test days of maniacs running around rudely interrupting your chat by screaming jibberish lol it added a chaotic effect that was sorta fun, now its just so quiet unlike real life that’s full of racket,, add some real world sounds and i think more activities how bout a thrift store? a game show? something to do with rock band? add some mysteries hidden areas i know im sounding like i want it game like but hey ideas lead to cool innovations, homes problem is its kinda boring but that could be easily fixed


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