Playstation Home Getting Major Redesign This FallAugust 23, 2011
Since Playstation Home’s inception back in 2008, many gamers have had a number of good and bad things to say about the service. I downloaded it the day the beta was released and was completely enamored by it for a few days, but these days I find myself checking in much less; I usually only stop in when a cool new update is released, such as the Dead Island zombie takeover that’s happening in Home right now.
It seems that Sony has been listening to the criticisms, and will be completely overhauling the service this fall. They realized that when you put a bunch of gamers in a virtual space, they don’t necessarily want to talk to each other, and you have to give them something entertaining to do. With that in mind, they are completely redesigning Home from the ground up; replacing Central Plaza with The Hub, which will connect users to the many new theme park-styled sections of Home 2.0.
In the new Home, you will not load up Home and be greeted by your empty apartment, but rather be booted right into The Hub, surrounded by games, with the many new sectors of Home at your fingertips.
“No longer will people come into Home and say ‘I couldn’t find anything to do,'” Jack Buser said at the 2011 Game Developers Conference. The Home team want to “jam fun right in your face” (which sounds dirty, but I’m sure he meant it in a good way).
Home’s new Action District is going to be geared towards Call Of Duty, Killzone and Resistance players, and will feature an “urban feel reminiscent of a first-person shooter level” which “provides a direct travel point to action and horror games.”
So far, there are two additional areas planned; a Sportswalk area, which will be Stadium themed and sports fan friendly, and the Pier District, which will be packed full of boardwalk and carnival games.
So what do you think? Is Sony catering to what you’ve been craving in a Home space? Let us know in the comments below!