• Major Changes Coming to Playstation Home

    Posted by Mike Yawney on August 23rd, 2011 View Comments

    Sony is offering gamers even more incentive to spend time at Home. The company has announced major changes are in store for Playstation’s gaming hub. In fact major changes may be too subtle. Sony says it will offer a complete redesign to offer “a new core experience” for gamers.

    The all new hub is said to integrate games, quests, community events and user-generated content, while providing players with additional navigation, shopping, socialization and entertainment options.

    “From the Hub, players can teleport to various genre-based districts, where they will encounter games tailored to their interests and style, while introducing them to a rich and diverse selection of game experiences” states the news release sent out by Sony.

    Sony is already hinting at what districts we can expect. The Action District will have a gritty urban feel and act as a travel point to action and horror games. The Sportswalk will have a stadium feel and will act as a portal to sports titles. Adventure district will feature a lush tropical jungle and will launch directly into adventure-themed games. And finally Pier Park will be a water themed area which will feature puzzle, outdoor and arcade games.

    There are also plans on making Home itself a game. A new Activity Board will be accessible to players with a unique “questing system” which will send gamers on missions to discover new games and additional content.

    “PlayStation Home’s new core experience is a giant leap in the evolution of the platform, not to mention a major milestone for PlayStation Network, and its new model quickly deploys our users to many compelling free-to-play games that fit their interests,” said Jack Buser, director of PlayStation Home, SCEA.  “With this update, coming this fall, PlayStation Home becomes a game itself, making it the most robust gamified social experience available.”

    Expect the newly redesigned Home to launch sometime this fall.

    [Sony]

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