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PlayStation Home v1.3 Coming This September

Locust_Star's Avatar Posted by 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 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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BioShock6teen said:

August 22nd, 7:28 pm

For some reason, I can’t join Play Station Home. It says im not old enough; even though I am 14. I really want to join Home

roeiex23 said:

August 22nd, 8:54 pm

very cool update
it just keep getting better

roeiex23 said:

August 22nd, 8:55 pm

mayby you just didnt enternt when hes chanel are empty try later.

HairyToeKnuckles said:

August 23rd, 6:17 am

More expensive clothes! I cannot wait to see how much the new clothes will be! More stuff NOT to buy! Woohoo!

And seeing as how it takes upwards of 60 seconds or more just for the Male and Female buttons to load in the clothing store, I cannot wait to see how long it takes to load the 3-D models in the store! YAY for mediocrity!

MrCaine said:

August 23rd, 8:41 am

open chat was terrible. too many ppl running around yelling f***** and n*****. anyone from closed remembers that. im STILL waiting on Media Sharing, I see. all in all an improvement… and if you DO add open chat remember to up our max amount of blocked ppl we can add…

MeeKrab4You said:

August 23rd, 12:07 pm

Great new add-ons for home, been waiting for the universal game launching!

JamesJam said:

August 23rd, 4:58 pm

now this will make home better and u should be able ur home charter as ur avatar

DaKo0Lkidd said:

August 23rd, 5:46 pm

yes! im so glad i got my ps3 back i cant wait for this update and 3.00 and also just in time for guitar hero 5!!

PlayGPG said:

August 24th, 4:34 am

Oh yeah! I already was waiting for something like that. For more great functions in Home. And now they’re coming! I really can’t wait!

FiloSeba said:

August 24th, 6:03 am

it’s shame that since in latin america Home it’s not available, (“I got three words to start us off: Universal. Game. Launching”), this function will not benefit us…

Dano_84 said:

August 24th, 9:53 am

Can we please use our home avatars as our playstation network avatar? That would be sweet.

wucha11 said:

August 24th, 4:53 pm


spiritanointed said:

August 24th, 8:54 pm

PLEASE bring back the VIRTUAL PSPs!!!!

FelonOnParole said:

August 25th, 10:07 am

What HOME really needs is the ability to play music stored on the PS3 HDD while in Personal Spaces

renegadesquad said:

August 25th, 7:15 pm

I think you should add a update for the central plaza with the v 1.3. it needs an overhaul too.

Peace_Keeper12 said:

August 26th, 3:27 pm

I am very excited for the update…but one thing that I am still disapointed that they still didn’t add was working tvs. I would like to watch game trailers with my friends or football games, basketball or any sport.

IZY2091 said:

August 27th, 5:09 pm

so exciting but when will we get those working tvs. My home space dose not look finished with out a tv and a PS3 siting next to it.

ringobr said:

August 27th, 11:11 pm

I want this new home……

Peace_Keeper12 said:

August 29th, 10:26 am

I am really exicted for this..But I have some requests.

-I want a MGS4 or Metal gear home space

-Working TVS..showing game trailers or atleast Channels to watch

Thanks again sony

kike721 said:

August 29th, 5:55 pm

I’m happy they are updating HOME but they should be working on making it bigger like a small “city”. Also I don’t want people to respond about how much space it’s gonna take because hopefully hey are smart enough to make it optional to have those places. I’t would be badass if it was like what you see when you go outside the balcony of the default apartment. obviously that will be a little TOO big but slowly hopefully they can accomplish it (or something like it).

Gladysk_ProdZ said:

August 31st, 1:50 am


Moi? Je suis pas complètement satisfait! Pouvoir augmenté le cache de Home est une bonne idée, ca va nous permettre de mieux voyagé d’une pièce a l’autre mais:

Avec toute la puissance du Ps3, Home devrait être aussi massif que Grand Theft Auto 4 (ou autre jeux du genre). Courir (pour vrai), sauté, ouvrir des portes, écouté la télé, etc.

Moi, je suis déçu du temps que cela prend au développeur à créer ce monde virtuel.

Débarassez-nous du beta!


Me? I’m not really satified!
Being able to augment Home’s cache is a good idea, It’ll be easyer to get from one place to the other but:

With all the power Ps3 as to offer, Home should be as massive as Grand Theft Auto 4 (or any other game of that gendre). Running (for real), jumping, opening doors, watching TV, etc.

I’m disappointed, the time it takes for the developpers to create that virtual world is insane.

Get rid of the beta!


suckin_blood said:

August 31st, 6:29 am

Totally Awesome can’t not wait!

BalramRules said:

September 1st, 2:50 pm

When’s the release date?

CELO-CHAMP-456 said:

September 1st, 6:10 pm


Jayson619 said:

September 2nd, 9:50 am

Where is it?!?!

burnsideking24 said:

September 2nd, 5:52 pm

most importantly: WHEN IS IT!?

renegadesquad said:

September 3rd, 6:53 pm

i think it’s great but you should overhaul central plaza too. You should give more poses and dance moves for the avatars. All and all it sounds pretty good.

JohnTheKoo said:

September 5th, 9:48 pm

Awesome! Good Stuff! Love’n these cool ideas!

YugoXIII said:

September 6th, 1:08 am

The update left me wondering something, do you plan on adding international traveling in Home? (going into spaces that have been released in other countries, such as the alternate versions of the Central Plaza)

superflydrew said:

September 6th, 5:28 am

when are they going to release this ive been waiting for the longest time

Robert-Ninja said:

September 6th, 7:44 am

Fix the movement. Walking around has this wobble kinda look to it and the transition from walking to running is so stiff. Honestly, make moving around feel a lot more slick like in good games such as DMC4, Batman: AA and GTA IV.

In a game where all you can really do is move and talk, you’d think you’d get the only one that’s not dictated by users, right – but no.

Work on that, please.

DarkCloudwalker said:

September 6th, 1:58 pm

oh i cant wait for the preview clothing and universal game launching :D

GuRuAsaki2098 said:

September 9th, 5:13 pm

All in all… I’ve read it all, & sounds great, but i’ve also knoticed that some old updates aren’t finished yet…

1. SF IV hasn’t hit US HOME yet, nor has the RE 5 Space hasn’t been finished yet, & probably a few other stuff I whould much rather see come first then Sing Star, which by the way, I don’t care for, however I wouldn’t mind it commming, just would much rather see older stuff get finished first…

2. Whats the deal with the Stuff Store? No other HOME is supporting it from what I believe is gonna happen, so is that part of the new update as well, or what?

3. I do not like the camera idea, unless your supporting the option to specify who can take pictures of you within HOME before & even after you visit HOME. I can care less if I see people taking pictures of my avatar, sure thats fine, but if my image isn’t showen in the pictures, that I would like to be able to see me preventing them from doin… Ex: Someone takes a picture of the avatar after I blocked them from da privalige… The camera then takes a picture of the background & all the avatars, but yet mine is still missing in the photo as if I was never there in the first place, now that would be a great idea..

GuRuAsaki2098 said:

September 9th, 5:14 pm

4. Lastly, & Finally, I do not like the idea of the purchasing, and the renting unless the new limited time offer only covers renting, but as I read, it doesn’t specify one or the other, it just says payments & limited time, & my first thought was, huh, what the?

“In the End, i’ll give the update a plus, but also keep in mind that i’m still gonna have issues with it, too, & until HOME is up to date with all of these 4 issues i’ve mentioned handled, i’m choosing to keep this score the same which, so in all of all, i’ll give the update a (5.25%/1 ThumbsUp) out of a score of a (Perfect 10%/5 ThumbsUp) deal”

GuRuAsaki2098 said:

September 9th, 5:14 pm

Almost forgot to meansion, Plz Donot Disrespect those who do not have the money for the items on HOME, & take away their freebies in the process of bringing in the new renting features? I’m not telling, nor asking, i’m just simply stating that not everyone has real money to spend on fake stuff that won’t last forever anyways, again, it’s just alittle something to keep in mind for all those other people out there, please don’t take away their fun to make our fun better, lol, even if you toss in a free dumpster room for people to buy for $0.00, i’d welcome that new room to those who are almost broke off their butts, haha!!!

ubuntu960 said:

September 9th, 7:48 pm

When is this going to come out I’ve waited so long. I want it to come out tommorow i just really want to get this update!


September 10th, 1:57 am

home is awful you can keep your updates………..

eagle55bf said:

September 10th, 2:54 am

I think one thing they should add to home is the ability to to run, jump, and do anything els that should come included when a certain costume is bought. I believe there’s too much time and effort being spent on HOME but the majority of the people seem to be enjoying it not to mention the amount of money spent on things you can’t use in the real world. If this whole UNIVERSAL thing is actually gonna happen, will it have an automated translater for people from other countrie’s.


September 13th, 2:15 pm

I hope somewhere in this update we will be able upload our own music from the playstation for our friends to hear. I want a house party!

PeteWheet said:

September 13th, 7:33 pm

Cool!Now PS Home is better AND making it more popular than Xbox LIVE.Not like i’m going against it.Home needed improvments.

erlycon78 said:

September 14th, 7:20 am

I’m so happy to see Home updated. Can’t wait!

Jayson619 said:

September 14th, 12:30 pm

Been soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo looooooooooooooooooooooong!!!

sirvagus said:

September 16th, 7:48 am

well its about time for the Home to be updated. But we need more stuff in the stores like more furniture for our living space how about TVs with movie and game previews.
And how about interactive games that e can buy to put in out living space – pool, video games, TVs in the living spaces that we can start multi player games, and jukeboxes that we can play out own music.
How about those ideas.

renegadesquad said:

September 18th, 5:41 am

i hope you can add more costimization and better dance and poses.

PoisonedPeach1 said:

September 18th, 10:39 am

Does anyone know when in September this is? Someone told me like 24/25th… Have not seen anything so wondering with the lack of advertising from Sony that maybe it is getting postponed.

KDXF2009 said:

September 18th, 12:13 pm

yeah, i hope this update happens on the 24 cuz its been over due for a while now oh and i like the above ideas about tvs and jukeboxes and interactive game like pool and stuff like that in our living space that would be awesome oh and one suggestion from me i think we need fonts to choose from in home when texting and some font colors would be nice as well

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