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PlayStation Home Redesign Coming This Thursday

Locust_Star's Avatar Posted by Locust_Star on Nov 02, 2011 // PlayStation Home Community Manager

The next stage of PlayStation Home‘s evolution will arrive on your PS3 this Thursday, November 3rd. This enormous update integrates games, quests, community events and user-generated content, while providing players with additional navigation, shopping, socialization, and entertainment options.

This massive PlayStation Home redesign will launch with a number of new, free-to-play games, including:

  • Bootleggers ’29: Set in the seedy underbelly of the Roaring Twenties, this PlayStation Home exclusive first-person shooter found in the Action District pits cops vs. criminals in a Prohibition-era game of Capture the Cask. Boasting real-time multiplayer action, a variety of vintage weapons and unlockable rewards, and the unique ability to play as your PlayStation Home avatar, Bootleggers ’29 is a 100% free-to-play game that introduces a classic narrative to the modern shooter genre.
  • PlayStation Home Hold ‘Em: A series of backroom poker tables hosted in the brand new Sportswalk district, PlayStation Home Hold ‘Em squares players off in a no-holds-barred, winner-take-all battle of the bluffs. Only the best of the best will progress to the high stakes tables and collect all the prizes in this free version of the wildly-popular Texas Hold ‘Em card game.
  • PlayStation Home Sports Trivia: Test your sports expertise against the PlayStation Home community and unlock a series of themed rewards in this massive sports trivia game, found in the Sportswalk. Packed with over 10,000 trivia questions, this game will challenge the memories of even the most die-hard sports fans.
  • RC Rally: Build and customize your own remote controlled car and race against friends over multiple courses, performing stunts and tricks and unlocking numerous upgrades along the way. This fast-paced PlayStation Home original game can be found in the new Pier Park.
  • Cogs: A 3D version of Lazy 8 Studios award-winning Steampunk puzzle game, Cogs can be found in PlayStation Home’s new Hub. Build a variety of machines from sliding tiles and unlock exclusive PlayStation Home rewards in this highly-addictive puzzler.

PlayStation Home: Bootleggers '29

Bootleggers ’29 in PlayStation Home

PlayStation Home: Home Hold 'Em

Home Hold ‘Em

PlayStation Home: RC Rally

RC Rally in PlayStation Home

PlayStation Home: Cogs

Cogs in PlayStation Home

Your adventure will start at the Hub, which hosts a featured game front-and-center, an Activity Board that includes a robust questing and events system, and stores packed with games, personal spaces, and avatar enhancements. From there, players can navigate to genre-based Districts that are packed with exclusive games and content served up according to each player’s interests, style and game preference. The following game Districts and redesigned core spaces will be available tomorrow:

  • Action District: A gathering place for hardcore gamers, the Action District has a gritty, urban feel reminiscent of a first-person shooter level and provides a direct travel point to action and horror games. Visit the Action District this Thursday to play two classic PlayStation Home Total Game Integration events that allow players to unlock content in Killzone 3 and Dead Island.
  • Sportswalk: The Sportswalk has an exciting outside-the-stadium feel with instant major league sports scores, headlines and highlights and sports-themed games.
  • Adventure District: At the launch of the PlayStation Home redesign, the Adventure District will present the UNCHARTED 3: Fortune Hunter total game integration event, providing a third-person adventure experience including a partial recreation of the Yemen level from UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception multiplayer mode and a cover-based shooting system complete with weapons and gameplay inspired by the hit series. Players can earn unlockable content that can be used in the Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception Blu-Ray Disc game as well as additional PlayStation Home rewards.
  • Pier Park: A waterfront boardwalk leads players to carnival, puzzle, outdoor and arcade games. Take a ride on the Pier Park Ferris wheel or visit the arcade for more games.
  • PlayStation Home Theater: The PlayStation Home Theater sports an ultra-modern architectural design and hosts a wide range of videos programmed specifically for PlayStation gamers, including episodes of Pulse and Qore, trailers and interviews from the PlayStation Blog, and exclusive user-generated videos in the popular Community Theater.
  • PlayStation Home Mall: The all-new PlayStation Home Mall is loaded with thousands of pieces of content from some of the most popular game and entertainment IPs in the world. Shop for PlayStation Home games, extravagant personal spaces, costumes, clothing items and other avatar enhancements, and tons more in the redesigned Mall.
  • PlayStation Home Hub

    PS Home: Action District

    PlayStation Home: Sportswalk

    PlayStation Home: Play Pier

    With more than 230 ready-to-play games, upwards of 10,000 virtual items, and new community events happening every day of the week, PlayStation Home is the place that the PlayStation community gathers to play a wide range of games with their friends. Whether you are a seasoned member of the community or someone that hasn’t visited PlayStation Home in a while, never has there been a better time to come into PlayStation Home join up with our community of millions of passionate PlayStation gamers.

    See you in Home!

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+ ChaseHammerJ on November 2nd, 2011 at 7:35 am said:

im confused by some of these comments above; Home has been in Open Beta for a LONG time now, anyone could get in it. it hasnt been closed beta in a while now.

anyways looks cool, cant wait to see the new stuff.

PLEASE add back the missing items (ie. Cris Angel Coffin Couch)


+ DIGGY305 on November 2nd, 2011 at 7:43 am said:

@13 some users have early access to the Hub e.i. the video you see you above


+ The_Ottsel on November 2nd, 2011 at 7:46 am said:

This looks great! All we need now is Home in our Vita´s!


+ cuterena on November 2nd, 2011 at 7:49 am said:

I suppose I am in the minority, but after seeing the new hub/Home for over a month, I will greatly miss Home as we know it now. I wish they would just add the new “core” spaces without removing the old. I still prefer Central Plaza to the new Hub. While I enjoy the quests, and a couple of the new spaces, I feel the majority of the new Home is change simply for the sake of change. I don’t feel it is an improvement. I realize that this is my opinion, and I don’t intend to take away anything from those who are excited.

I will miss the memories that have been made over the past few years, and will certainly miss our current Home core spaces. The new Hub feels so sterile to me, all shiny, and lacking character. Oh well, out with the old, and in with the new. Lets hope that future core updates include fixing so many of the actual problems in Home, rather than just giving it a face lift, and passing it off as a new experience.

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    + Locust_Star on November 2nd, 2011 at 9:27 am said:

    You aren’t the only one that is getting sentimental about the Plaza (that would be GlassWalls, not me ;). If you really miss the Plaza that much, you can go to the Action District and play the Dead Island and KZ3 Total Game Integration events, both of which are hosted in versions of Central Plaza.


+ Hypnotic_Inertia on November 2nd, 2011 at 7:49 am said:

Is it just the hub being released or will it have new virtual merchandise to go along with the update?

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    + Locust_Star on November 2nd, 2011 at 9:28 am said:

    There’s not a ton of new virtual items coming this week, but there are definitely some. And there are plenty coming in future weeks. On top of that, we’re putting hundreds of items on sale to help celebrate this momentous occasion!


+ cuterena on November 2nd, 2011 at 7:51 am said:

@ 11….

Sadly Jack Buser killed the Trophy Room idea a while back in a post about the new Home hub. He said something about the integration of rewards for Home from games, and in game rewards from events like Dead Island and Uncharted were implemented instead. So, as for the Trophy Room, I would say it is a lost cause. Too bad, too. I think Home could have gotten more gamers interested, if they were shown that Home is still dedicated to suiting the gamers out there.


+ driftersgonewild on November 2nd, 2011 at 7:53 am said:

I dont need to go to Disney World anymore by the looks of things


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    + Locust_Star on November 2nd, 2011 at 9:29 am said:

    Great comment! Disney World (as well as a variety of other theme parks) definitely inspired the design.


+ bestscreenname on November 2nd, 2011 at 7:59 am said:

I’m interested to see what changes will be made from the private beta to the public beta, if any. Also, I’m pretty excited to see that the Adventure District is being released tomorrow!


+ mastorofpuppetz on November 2nd, 2011 at 8:13 am said:

what a waste of Space, time and resources HOME is. Sony would be better off using that time on improving PSn and the XMB……. no one buys a PS3 thinking of home as any positive reason to buy one.


+ Tjoeb123 on November 2nd, 2011 at 8:14 am said:

Must we own a copy of UNCHARTED 3 to play its PS Home game?

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    + Locust_Star on November 2nd, 2011 at 9:33 am said:

    Nope. You get a robust game experience based upon UNCHARTED 3 in Home that is completely free and requires nothing more than a PSN account. Complete all the challenges and you’ll get a voucher code with will unlock the Kickback Endurance Booster, which you can use in the UNCHARTED 3 multiplayer when you get the game.


+ Alkazaar777 on November 2nd, 2011 at 8:18 am said:

Hey GREAT Update you guys are the best!!! On another note, are you guys still gonna release the steampunk space you guys promised to released when you announced it on Qore a long time ago?

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    + Locust_Star on November 2nd, 2011 at 9:34 am said:

    It was put on hold while the developers worked on this update. There is no current date of release for the Steampunk space, but we will update you if/when that changes.


+ Zup3rZon3x on November 2nd, 2011 at 8:20 am said:

How big is the update?

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    + Locust_Star on November 2nd, 2011 at 9:35 am said:

    *stretches arms out as far as possible*

    Bigger than that ^


+ dilbig5 on November 2nd, 2011 at 8:24 am said:

Looks very promising


+ xCh0z3n-0n3x on November 2nd, 2011 at 8:24 am said:

NNIIIIIIIIIIIICE i love home the way it is now…i have TONS of items and i didnt even have to pay for anything…and they are very nice items too…like guns from games like Resistance 2, Dead Island, Uncharted 3 and more, wall ornaments and other stuff…anyone who does not go on Home is missing out on alot! this update is just amazing…now we will have even more things to do!


+ regentpark on November 2nd, 2011 at 8:26 am said:

Nice! I love it! Finally i can get off Facebook and start my online social here where my gaming comment matters!

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    + Locust_Star on November 2nd, 2011 at 9:36 am said:



+ Shirobara- on November 2nd, 2011 at 8:28 am said:

First off, I’d like to say ‘thank you’ for all of the hard work that clearly went in to this redesign. Updating something of this technical scale on a weekly basis, I’m certain, is a daunting task. The addition of the hub will make it even more daunting, so I wish everyone on the developing or moderating end the best of luck with all the craziness that is sure to come their way as a result of this.

I suppose my question for today is as follows: As we are seeing Home up the ante in space design and gaming, I am very curious if the programming involved will eventually be able to effect avatars. I, for one, would love to see more dances and gestures come to our avatars. As our avatars have learned how to duck-and-cover for the Uncharted missions, and any other number of games, it doesn’t seem impossible to implement further animation, especially considering that full-body suits already tend to do so. However, I’d rather see things that don’t limit our creativity in dressing our avatars by forcing us into a specific style, or empty $10 out of our wallet per animation. Do you forsee any sort of development in the future in regards to animation or any other aspect of the avatar system? Thanks if you’re able to answer.

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    + Locust_Star on November 2nd, 2011 at 9:48 am said:

    Hi Shirobara,

    First off, on behalf of the entire team, you’re welcome!

    Secondly, avatar updates are possible (we’ve added dances, emotes, and other animations in the past) but are not part of this update. The animations you reference (meaning, those that are not tied to specific games or items) reside on the client level, which means that updates to the core client (e.g. v1.55) are required in order to effect these type of changes. This update is not a core client update – it’s an update of content that was built from the client technology. But there are more core client updates coming, and you can bet that the development team is aware of the community’s desire to see new avatar animations, because it is most certainly a widespread request.

    Hope this helps answer your question.


+ monyking on November 2nd, 2011 at 8:30 am said:

I can’t wait to see this improvement…Thank you for inviting me to try out the beta. It’s awesome!!!!

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    + Locust_Star on November 2nd, 2011 at 9:35 am said:

    Thank you for participating!


+ DarthDanMan on November 2nd, 2011 at 8:30 am said:

No, the Uncharted 3 Home game has been out for 3 weeks.


+ erickafollie on November 2nd, 2011 at 8:31 am said:

Firstable i want to start by saying THANK YOU to the Home Volunteer Team for making a Central Plaza Halloween Party that NEVER Happened, many of us were dressed up and some others went out of their way to PURCHASE a costume for an event that left us waiting, so Thank you .
Secondly , lets be real, Home hasnt change at all , its just a nice FACADE but the same old stuff remains, it only looks pretty and more spread out but is the same old boring Home , THE 50 ITEMS or less hasnt been removed, the 2 active items the same , No personal spaces in which your friends dont have to LEAVE to be able to change clothes, no full lenght movies to be played or even music , This new Home will be great for a month if not less then the thuth will settle and at the end of the day, we will still have to deal with shortcomings, the ever more pricey virtual items and the fact that is just the old Home in a better looking paper wrap .


+ MarkakaJin on November 2nd, 2011 at 8:33 am said:

That’s cool but where’s my Nathan Drake outfit with my custom animation? I pre-ordered Uncharted 3 through PS Home and I should have the code by now. Come on, now.

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    + Locust_Star on November 2nd, 2011 at 9:50 am said:

    Amazon handles fulfillment of the voucher codes for the pre-order exclusive items, so ultimately any questions should be directed to their customer service department. That said, the codes are only sent out until after the game ships, and usually arrive within a few days tops.


+ nYcFrEeWiLL82 on November 2nd, 2011 at 8:44 am said:



+ jbisnutbush on November 2nd, 2011 at 8:52 am said:

I cannot wait to check this out!


+ Ra_The_Sun_King on November 2nd, 2011 at 8:58 am said:

Is it Me or the people in the pictures checking the Hub spaces are new people, is it an strategy to make them go UUHHH WOW and also because they probably dont know all the problems that plague Home ?
Any news on the Recycling Bin for the items we dont want , and the Home Gift Machine, to send , exchange or give away items in our possesion to friends . ?
I like the new Hub, looks nice , however im not gonna go OOOOH WOW its Amazing til a month after, as they say , NOT Everythign that Glitters is Gold.
i agree with Erickafollie, in 1 month we are going be in 2012 and til this day we cant listen to music, no new avatar moves, we bought personal spaces with TVs that only shows trailers , etc etc etc , for that and many other reasons , im cautions about going out Celebrating the “NEW ” Home . Hope it proves me wrong , but for some reason I doubt it .


+ PirateHarlock on November 2nd, 2011 at 9:01 am said:

Erickafollie is pointing out several of homes biggest flaws that others have spoken out about as well. I also was at central plaza monday night and early to boot, stayed past 10 and the event indeed never took place. I was on a different server than erika and this was NOT an “isolated incident”. Do us, and your reputations a favour and if you announce an event make sure it happens.

As for the rest, the redesign looks good but friends who where in the beta have said its nowhere near ready for release as late as a week ago. Hopefully someone put the effort in to ensure it isn’t a huge egg on sonys collective face when thursday rolls around. I’m hoping (probably in vain) that some of the other longstanding issues will be dealt with in the redesign. In short I want this to be a positive thing not an overly ambitious whitewash.


+ laura_loves_dogs on November 2nd, 2011 at 9:06 am said:

Hello i would like to know if the bowling alley is still going to be in the new playstation home and if so where is it going to be at

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    + Locust_Star on November 2nd, 2011 at 9:51 am said:

    Yes – you will be able to access the Bowling Alley from Pier Park.


+ gothicknight67 on November 2nd, 2011 at 9:18 am said:


Is there gonna be any virtual items available this week, and a private CP private space would be nice,alot of my friends think so to


+ Grits_N_Gravy_23 on November 2nd, 2011 at 10:59 am said:

Looks promising


+ Phantom_Outlaws on November 2nd, 2011 at 12:44 pm said:

why people continue to take Home so seriously is comical to me. aside from the virtual items, it’s a free service. if we had to pay a monthly subscription for Home with the problems erickafollie pointed out, then i’d be extremely angry! but i don’t want to discount what erickafollie says because those of us who do use Home, would like these problems solved…but i don’t expect much from a free service so…i’m surprised the developers even listen to us at all. but they have to because the virtual items we buy is what keeps them going i suppose. best way to hurt a company is through the pockets. don’t like the service, leave that service alone.

but no one is forced to use Home and those that feel it’s a waste of time, simply don’t go on Home. some of us enjoy it. there is no way on earth to please everybody all the time, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
using these forums to complain about something being a waste of time, can also be considered a waste of time. there are other games that exist if Home is not for you. i am curious to how people react once the newness wears off from The Hub.


+ DCS-Tekken on November 2nd, 2011 at 12:47 pm said:

Well in that case if Home Tomarrow is gonna be a Game Platform then it needs to be 17Plus then!

Nuff Said!

We can’t have the kiddies playing these games now can we….


+ Gaucho21 on November 2nd, 2011 at 12:48 pm said:

This looks like a lot of fun. I can already see myself spending a lot of time at that Poker table. . .


+ Hooligantuan on November 2nd, 2011 at 12:51 pm said:

This is looking like PS Home is finally heading in the direction it should.

I’ve always wanted to do FPS action in PS Home where everyone uses their Home avatars. At long last? :D

(PS: I still want to play Saucer Pop, man. Can you hide that *somewhere*?)


+ kat498 on November 2nd, 2011 at 12:55 pm said:

I was bummed I wasn’t chosen to be in the beta…becoming a usual thing for me though…I’m never picked for beta testing…I sure wish I knew exactly how they pick people for that, because as much as they want to say it is random, it’s awfully funny to me that all my friends that were beta testers for the original closed beta Home were also “randomly” picked to beta test for this new hub as well as for lockwood testing…I signed up months before my boyfriend on the lockwood gift machine, and he got a message instantly when he signed up! I feel like I am blacklisted from being a tester. Why does Sony hate me?

I am looking forward to the new hub tomorrow though, looking forward to playing poker in Home again…and finally being able to ride the ferris wheel with my beta testing turd of a boyfriend. :P


+ therob21 on November 2nd, 2011 at 12:57 pm said:

I’ve waited for this for a long time and now i finally get to experience the NEW home!!! Thanks Sony and Home Dev Team! I’m so excited!


+ Hooligantuan on November 2nd, 2011 at 12:57 pm said:

And, man, I don’t need a trophy room, but what I’d LOVE to see is a minor Profile revamp.

I’m talking more than a measly – what – 21 characters for our statuses?

Then a row of 8 trophies we PICK to display.

Then a row of our most recent 8 trophies.

That is my dream PSN Profile and it doesn’t seem like a major revision. The trophy picker would be the big thing, but that’s essentially slick looking radio buttons capped at 8.

(Plz pass this on to the relevant folks?)


+ lisatsunami on November 2nd, 2011 at 1:24 pm said:

@Locust & Glass: to my eye, this update looks like the most amazing social gaming virtual space ever. Kudos. All the more amazing because it’s free & from my small experience there, unpoliced.

However, since I’m antisocial I’ll be spending all my gaming time in the U3 campaign. As awesome as the 2D looks, my socks are knocked off by playing in Bravia 3D.

I will check out the new Home when Nate & I finish our latest adventure.


+ devilmosh on November 2nd, 2011 at 1:48 pm said:

I’ve been having a major blast in the Hub beta. The only downside has been not enough people, and that will certainly change tomorrow! I’m looking forward to playing Bootlegger with a full warehouse!

To all those involved, great job! All your hard work and love for PS fans shines like a beacon in the Hub.


+ Tomaisin on November 2nd, 2011 at 2:02 pm said:

I certainly hope that all the bugs with freezes and being booted off in a middle of a convo or game is corrected as well. Otherwise all the upgrades are not gonna mean anything if you have to keep logging back in every 5 minutes. Just saying….


+ Joyce139 on November 2nd, 2011 at 2:45 pm said:

it looks gr8 but idk if im ready 2 never see Central Plaza or the current mall again. i still miss Club Fight Night


+ TheUndertaker85 on November 2nd, 2011 at 2:57 pm said:

Ok, so let’s get down to some meat and potatoes questions now then since this announcement is finally out and The Hub is actually getting released to the public…

1) This has really been bothering me too. Will we see customizable sensitivity options for games within Home? I’m part of the beta for The Hub and while games like Bootleggers is something different going into Home and it will peak interest in Home, it just feels… Off. I play a lot of shooters. More shooters than anything else. To me Bootleggers just feels kinda… Clunky. I think this could be remedied by simply allowing players to set up customizable sensitivity for themselves. While I know some do enjoy Bootleggers in its current state, you should know that I am reassured that many that try out Bootleggers and other games in Home will agree with me. While the current sensitivity will be good for some, it won’t be for all.


+ TheUndertaker85 on November 2nd, 2011 at 3:00 pm said:

People ALWAYS like to have different feels to their games. While some like tighter turning and movement, others will like it loose, and some will just like it in the middle. This is one problem I see going into all of this. No real way for the user to set settings how they want to play. I think this could turn users away from Home games rather than keeping them there.

2) Will we see upgrades to the Home application itself in the near future? Like trophy support and more support for things our PS3s can already do like video and audio playback? Not talking streaming here, simply playback. This has been my biggest urk with Home to date. It REALLY disconnects itself from the PS3 which is very disappointing.

3) Will Home ever support 3D? Some users can currently upscale to 3D but users without 3DTVs that can upscale are left without a 3D Home. I think the interactions being in 3D could increase immersion and bring an all around more natural feel to Home.

4) Will avatar animations like walking, running, and emotes ever be upgraded? I really believe this is why Home avatars seem so… Fake. The way they use these movements just ruins it.


+ TheUndertaker85 on November 2nd, 2011 at 3:04 pm said:

I do have to clarify too. These aren’t “bashes” on Home. I do think Home is getting better, slowly but surely. I fully believe though that if you address these issues and the many the community has been having with missing items and give Home that real feel you could have a killer product. As it stands right now though… I don’t think The Hub will keep people in Home. These spaces are nice and the games coming in are good, plus these changes orienting more with games is good in its own right, but I think to get people into Home and keep them there you’ve got to be serious about changes taking place and DON’T completely eliminate the social aspect of Home that’s already there but seek to add to that too.


+ Lord_Rinja on November 2nd, 2011 at 3:06 pm said:

Although I’ve been super busy lately, I’ll be checking out the new and improved Home later on tomorrow after class. This is a huge step forward for Home and a great reason why everyone should be excited. Locust, Glass, Jack and the rest of the crew, keep up the good work. I look forward to a more interactive Home :-)


+ OCxViRuXz on November 2nd, 2011 at 3:17 pm said:

Something we have all been waiting for :) i really am going to miss the plaza tho… to many memories there. hopefully some day they will bring it back… since 2nite is the last nite i will be on for a few hrs hoping to meet new ppl to start 2mrws new home with new friends. anyone want to add me plz feel free to do so


+ phineasandferb55 on November 2nd, 2011 at 3:24 pm said:

Alright! I love Playstation Home and i’m gonna love it even more! ^^


+ gold818 on November 2nd, 2011 at 3:24 pm said:

I wonder if they will update the PlayStation home graphics engine after all it’s kinda looking dated at this point compared to frostbite engine 2 and cry engine 3. P.S. don’t get me started about uncharted 3.


+ TSFRJ on November 2nd, 2011 at 3:27 pm said:

Published under LBPpsHOME there are 3 HUB lbp levels. 2 of the levels are still locked till tomorrow untill reall hub goes live.


+ TSFRJ on November 2nd, 2011 at 3:31 pm said:

Locust_Star For all those who get emotinal and may miss the central plaza on LBP2 look up PSN id: LBPpsHOME to play a LBP2 level that is a faitful recreation of central plaza, old theater, and old Mall.


+ HOTTSCOTT40 on November 2nd, 2011 at 3:47 pm said:

goodbye old home we’re moving in to our new home woot woot


+ sephirothstealth on November 2nd, 2011 at 3:50 pm said:

Locust_Star i really enjoyed being a private beta tester in playstation home & did my best to make sure that i gave my opinions on the forums of private beta. thx Locust_Star


+ TheEpicness_11 on November 2nd, 2011 at 4:08 pm said:

Is this an update of bought through ps store?

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