Playstation Home To Relaunch on Sony PS3 This Fall; Will Feature Gamification~!

Many have wondered what Sony was planning with Playstation Home, as for years it has been in “beta” with a light set of features.

Sony announced today that they will be revamping Home, splitting the service into sections targetting certain types of players, and launching a variety of new features and games.

Coming in Fall 2011, this new core experience for PlayStation Home features a “hub and districts” design that will help you find games, people and places that fit your favorite game genres. The design features a new Hub that integrates games, quests, community events, and user-generated content, while providing you with additional navigation, shopping, socialization and entertainment options.


The ACTION district

So what does this mean exactly? The times that I’ve used Playstation Home, it generally consists of everyone running around randomly, hitting into each other, and overhearing inane chats going on elsewhere.

In the new 2011 Home, there will be more “to do”. The main theme is to turn all of Home into a giant hub with gaming elements everywhere, including not only the games embedded within Home, but also the entirety of the Home experience as “gamified”.

There will also be new games, including Cogs from Codename: Lazy 8 Studios available at launch. Cogs!

Each of the districts in PS Home will target a certain “type” of games.

  • The Action District targets core gamers who love action games, and is made to look and feel like a FPS
  • In the Sportswalk, sports games fans can find an experience that feels like a REAL LIVE STADIUM
  • Travel to the jungle/beach of the Adventure District for adventure gaming content and fun
  • Finally the Pier Park is an outdoor carnival, with mini games and a boardwalk, and seems more targetted towards casual gamers.

The jury is out on the new PS3 Home. The current version of Home is universally ignored by all types of gamers core to casual, so a revamp was certainly necessary. The question remains – will these features be enough to turn Home into something relevant?

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