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This Week in PlayStation Home: New BioShock 2 and FINAL FANTASY XIII Content, Sodium Updates, and Wireless Keypad Giveaway

Locust_Star's Avatar + Posted by Locust_Star on Apr 21, 2010 // PlayStation Home Community Manager

You’ve been asking us for weeks in the official PlayStation Home forums, in the comments section of this Blog, and on fan sites and podcasts…and we’re coming through for you like you knew we would! That’s right, Home people – this Thursday, April 22nd the long-requested FINAL FANTASY XIII costumes (along with some additional FFXIII furniture) will be released into the ever-expanding world PlayStation Home. For the guys, our friends at Square Enix have made Sazh and Snow costumes, while all you gals out there will be able to pick up the gorgeous wares of Lightning and Vanille. These clothing items will be sold as bundles in the Costumes store and include composite clothing sets, gloves, and wigs (an extra chocobo wig for Sazh will be sold separately). Peep the below visual evidence for an idea of what to expect when this truly awesome FFXIII content releases later this week.

Final Fantasy XIII Costumes for PlayStation Home

Speaking of highly-requested content, we’ll be partying like its 1968 in Central Plaza come this Thursday when Big Daddy and Big Sister costumes (along with some other BioShock 2 virtual items) are released in PlayStation Home. We’ve snagged a few pics to give you a taste of what to expect when you add these creepy items to your collection (fun fact: Mr. Magnus Keynes – Home’s resident business guru – is too scared by BioShock 2 to even review these new items whereas our very own CydoniaX regularly schools the rest of the team in multiplayer mode and is sporting the Big Sister armor as I type).

BioShock 2 for PlayStation Home - Bouncer BioShock 2 for PlayStation Home - Big Sis

In other news, Sodium will be receiving an update this week which will result in faster loading, new objectives being doled out by VICKIE (with new rewards, of course), and a new interactive map. As with all things in PlayStation Home, these updates come at the request of our loyal community members who regularly contribute great ideas on the official PlayStation Home Sodium forum. So, please, keep the good thoughts coming!

Ever since we released the new and improved Gamer’s Lounge last week, our nightly Featured Game parties have been hopping. And while you can always count on at least one official event being staged every single day in PlayStation Home (like this upcoming Saturday night’s Battlefield: Bad Company 2 game launching party), you can also bet that we’ll regularly break the mold and offer additional, 100% exclusive giveaways complete with the best prizes we can get our hands on. Starting this Friday, April 23rd and running to next Friday, April 30th, we’ll be giving away Wireless Keypads to 10 lucky contestants who participate in our Wireless Keypad sweepstakes. Want to learn how you can enter to win? Read the official Rules and Regulations, tacked on below for your convenience.

Wireless Keypad Sweepstakes

See you in Home!

The following promotion is intended for viewing in the 50 United States and the District of Columbia (“D.C.”) only and shall only be construed and evaluated according to United States law. Do not enter this sweepstakes if you are not a legal resident of, and located in the 50 United States or District of Columbia at the time of entry.

PLAYSTATION®HOME WIRELESS KEYPAD SWEEPSTAKES
OFFICIAL RULES

Void outside the 50 United States and D.C. and where prohibited.

1. ELIGIBILITY. The PlayStation®Home Wireless KeyPad Sweepstakes (“Promotion”) is open only to legal residents of the fifty United States and the D.C. who are 13 years of age or older at the time of entry and hold a PlayStation Network account in good standing as determined by Sponsor. Employees of the Sponsor and its parent, subsidiaries and affiliated companies and their immediate families are not eligible to participate in this Promotion.

2. SPONSOR. Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC, 919 E. Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City, CA 94404.

3. TIMING. Promotion begins April 23, 2010 at 12:00pm (noon) PST and ends April 30, 2010 at 12:00pm (noon) PST.

4. HOW TO ENTER. No purchase necessary. Internet access, a valid PlayStation®Network account, a PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system with a copy of PlayStation®Home installed on your system required. Log into your PlayStation Network account and launch PlayStation Home application The following question will be posted on a billboard in one of the core Home spaces: How would owning a wireless keypad improve your PlayStation®3 experience? To enter, send an e-mail to HomeContests@playstation.sony.com. Enter “Keypad” in the subject line and in the body of the email include your PSN ID and your answer to the question. To be valid, entries must be received no later than April 30, 2010 at 11:59pm PST.

2. PRIZES. Each prize winner will receive one (1) Wireless Keypad compatible with the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system (ARV $49.00). Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prize of equal value if prize is unavailable. Prizes are non-transferable and no substitutions allowed.

3. WINNER SELECTION. Ten (10) prize winners will be selected following the Promotion Period. Winners will be determined by a single random drawing of all valid entries received by Sponsor, whose decisions are final. Selection will be held on or about May 1, 2010. Sponsor will send a notification email to each winner’s registered PSN e-mail address. If any winner does not respond to Sponsor’s notification email within 7 days of the date of the notification email, he/she will be disqualified and a new winner will be selected based on the original selection criteria. Winners may be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Release (“Affidavit”) within seven (7) days of the date indicated on the correspondence sent by Sponsor. Failure to execute and return Affidavit within the stated time period will result in forfeiture of prize and an alternate winner will be selected. If a winning entrant is a minor, then Sponsor will award the prize to that winning entrant’s parent or legal guardian. If the potential winning entrant is a minor, then the Affidavit must be signed by potential winner’s parent or legal guardian and returned within the stated time period or prize may be forfeited and an alternate winner will be selected. Please allow four to six weeks for receipt of prizes.

4. ODDS OF WINNING. The odds of winning depend on number of valid entries received.

5. ENTRY CONDITIONS AND RELEASE. Limit one entry per person and e-mail address. Subsequent entries will be disqualified. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, mutilated, illegible, incomplete or misdirected entries. Sponsor is not responsible for technical, hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmissions which may limit an entrant’s ability to participate in the Promotion. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to cancel or suspend this Promotion should virus, bugs or other causes corrupt the administration, security or proper play of this Promotion. Entries not satisfying these Official Rules will be automatically disqualified. Return of any prize/prize notification as undeliverable will result in disqualification and an alternate winner will be selected. Sponsor’s decisions are final and binding in all matters related to the Promotion. Potential winners must comply with the Official Rules’ terms and conditions, and receipt of prizes is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements.

6. PUBLICITY. By attempting to enter, entering or accepting a Promotion prize, an entrant or prize winner agrees to the use of their statements, name and/or likenesses for purposes of advertising, trade, or promotion without further compensation, unless prohibited by law.

7. LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY. By attempting to enter, entering or accepting a Promotion prize, an entrant or prize winner agrees to release Sponsor and its parent, subsidiaries, agencies, divisions and affiliates from liability, claims or actions or any kind for injuries, damages or losses to persons and property that may be sustained in connection with the receipt, ownership or use of the prize or while preparing for, participating in or traveling to or from the Promotion or any Promotion or prize-related activity. Neither the Sponsor nor its parent, affiliates, subsidiaries, agencies, divisions or related companies are responsible for any damages, taxes or expenses that winners might incur as a result of this Promotion or receipt of prize.

8. WINNER LIST. To obtain names of winners, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Wireless Key Pad Sweepstakes, Attention: PS Home-Annabelle Garcia, 4th Floor, 919 E. Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City, CA 94404. Prize winners’ name request will be fulfilled within four weeks. Request a copy of the winner list must be received by May 15, 2010.

9. COLLECTION OF INFORMATION. Sponsor will collect information in connection with the Promotion in accordance with Sponsor’s privacy policy, available at http://www.us.playstation.com/Support/PrivacyPolicy.

10. RESTRICTIONS. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

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+ KoalaAteYoBaby on April 21st, 2010 at 10:12 pm said:

The wireless keyboard is more inconvenient than taking the time to manually type each letter in by looking at the screen. 1) make sure its always lit enough to see the pad. 2) have fun retyping letters that won’t punch in properly even when they click 3) make sure you have baby fingers or your baby is willing to type for you.
Don’t buy this garbage and shame on you Home for thinking this is a good giveaway


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+ NAUTICA_OMEGA on April 21st, 2010 at 11:14 pm said:

why not a lil sister outfit???lil sister plays a big part of bio shock :P


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+ hunnybunnee on April 21st, 2010 at 11:59 pm said:

How do you steal free items? I believe the items you are talking about are all free not paid for items.


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+ YOUR_BLOCKED2 on April 22nd, 2010 at 12:13 am said:

get soccer outfits. you guys got other sports


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+ stardeth on April 22nd, 2010 at 4:08 am said:

@koalaateyobaby Awww, hang in there, li’l buddy, you’re just not used to new tech. Don’t give up on it, I’m sure you didn’t try texting on your phone the first time and say, “this sucks!!”, and throw it away. Just keep practicing and I’m sure, one day, you’ll be able to type on it like the rest of the world. lmao


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+ Frejim on April 22nd, 2010 at 7:59 am said:

If anyone wants the Big Daddy (Amazon preorder bonus) costume, contact me. I’m willing to trade mine for a PSN card, since i dont use Home that much.


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+ Dub_Chriz on April 22nd, 2010 at 8:50 am said:

Hey Locust, when are we going to have new clothes in Threads Store?


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+ Keyeszx on April 22nd, 2010 at 1:23 pm said:

Why don’t you guys turn the Gamer’s Lounge into a techno club(dark, flashing lights, the works). Kind of like Japan where it will be the new Listen@Home and people will go there to dance and launch games.

You could make Listen@home into watch@home. Put a movie or something there, new one every week or something. You could even merge it with the area with the screen already.


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+ Akson23 on April 22nd, 2010 at 1:54 pm said:

I have a question and its why is there a change in the ps home theater its like very time I see a video its starts to play while its buffering and that is not good cause its like 4 seconds of play and then buffering and it get frustrating.Why didnt you leave it the way it was where you had to wait until the buffering was done and then you could see it.This new way doesent work cause you cant pause it and whn the video is dont and I want to see it again tyou still have to see the buffering again when you didnt have to wait for a second time in the past.And it has been like this ever since the new update came up.


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+ Akson23 on April 22nd, 2010 at 1:57 pm said:

If this theater problem keeps happening Im gonna get out of ps home and delete it from my ps3 hdd


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+ Lucky13X on April 23rd, 2010 at 4:03 am said:

Regarding Bioshock Prototype costume and other Home pre-order exclusives…HCMs and Sony are likely watching three things: 1. How many pre-orders sales were done through Amazon for those items. 2. How much do the codes for these items sell for on eBay and other to see how much non pre-order consumers are willing to pay. 3. How many unused codes are out there based on the amount produced by Sony compared to amount of codes redeemed. Then they use all those numbers to determine a price to make the item available that is not too high for some of us to consider purchasing, and not too low or too soon also that pre-order customers are not too angry. Hope this explains things!!


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+ SonsOfMonroe on April 23rd, 2010 at 10:14 am said:

@ 60 Maybe It’s Your Connection I Never Go Through That Buffering Issue.


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+ delta__nine on April 23rd, 2010 at 4:50 pm said:

I have a wireless keypad.use it everyday.love it


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+ chris79nc on April 24th, 2010 at 10:45 am said:

“GAME”needs to come to playstation home USA !!!
I’ve seen it on youtube.
i want a space suit too!
From the moon base i mean.(GAME)
Please bring it to the USA PS home.


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+ NAUTICA_OMEGA on April 25th, 2010 at 4:11 am said:

soduim,,soduim,soduim…..u make changes for us to keep comeing back for more,yet u have the scorpian issue…..bring the scorpians back!!!!!besides that a thought for new items,,,as for pretti lil hearts floating about a ladies head,,some of you out there are so home addicted, that many of u need flies above your head,some of use has bad day why cant we show it with a gray cloud with rain falling upon our heads,or how about a sun shinning when we have our good days.as for hand held items,why does home insist on us gettin rainned on in central plaza,where are the umbrellas?where is our devils fork to match out horns? and as for mui mui items, how many of u want to be a black little guy,but bigger??and what about us girls with our long beautiful hair that we cant show off in vurtal home,,we are not all blondes,so we have to settle for the short hair :(


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+ DeathAdder83 on April 27th, 2010 at 11:17 am said:

Well I was already going to light this 5 dollar bill on fire…maybe I’ll just buy a Big Daddy suit for PSN Home instead….who doesn’t love the endless hours of Home excitement!!!!?


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+ EmOkiDD on April 29th, 2010 at 9:19 am said:

i’ve checked all posters and home spaces. y cant accesses the contest question?


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+ oNeSpUnDooD on April 29th, 2010 at 3:03 pm said:

how do i access the poster or billboard to even play for the contest


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+ KarmaTheDog on May 3rd, 2010 at 8:38 pm said:

I really dont get buying digital clothes, rooms, and wigs. Pay more attention to releashing more downloadable games… Just my opinion


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+ rucovered on May 5th, 2010 at 8:35 am said:

Yo i was wondering when Home is gonna get more save slots for avatars. You guys put out tons of clothes therefore takes 20 minutes just to make a avatar would be nice to be able to save some of that hard work.


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