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Sony Guarantees Playstation "Home" Launch Before 2009 59

Sony's Martijn Van der Meulen gave an update on the progress of Sony's Playstation "Home" environment, telling IGN there is "a 100 percent guarantee that Home will be released by the end of this calendar year." Originally intended for use on the PS2, the release was pushed back several times as Sony sought to improve the concept. One thing Sony has been trying to accomplish is making the game "safe" and accessible to kids while maintaining an adults-only area. They maintain that it is not a social network, but rather a "visual representation of the PlayStation community."
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Sony Guarantees Playstation "Home" Launch Before 2009

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  • Guaranteed! (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Zerth ( 26112 ) on Monday August 25, 2008 @11:14PM (#24746729)

    Yup, they'll release it this year, whether it sucks or not. It'll be almost like PC software, just slap it out there and patch afterwards.

    It's not like they need to be first-to-market or something...

    • by Khuffie ( 818093 )
      No no no. They'll release it this year in time to coincide with the release of Duke Nukem Forever.
    • True, second life has them beat by years.

    • I cant remember the last time I inserted a new disk in my 360 and wasnt prompted for an update. Pretty much all games are patched just after release today (PC or otherwise) as a ham fisted DRM system, they actually "break" the software before they ship it.
    • "Home" was actually one of the reasons I bought my PS3. Since I bought it, a dearth of good exclusives and the AWOL status of Home has led me to basically just use it as a blu-ray player. "Home" was to be one of the few things that PSN had that Xbox Live didn't do better already (and since all my friends are on Xbox Live, the only reason to ever use PSN). But I've basically given up on the idea that Home (if ever deployed at all) will ever look anything like what they originally promised. There have been to

      • When it comes to quality exclusives and actually delivering on promises, the PS3 is a joke compared to the 360.

        I think you're a bit behind the times. You owe it to yourself to check out the many excellent current titles.

        • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

          by powerlord ( 28156 )

          When it comes to quality exclusives and actually delivering on promises, the PS3 is a joke compared to the 360.

          I think you're a bit behind the times. You owe it to yourself to check out the many excellent current titles.

          Nah, let him just keep repeating that tired old meme.

          We'll keep enjoying the Ratchet & Clank Future and Resistance series, Drake's Fortune, Warhawk (psyched about the new expansion due out this week), Little Big Planet, God of War 3, or downloadable games like Super Startdust HD, Pixel J

          • by elrous0 ( 869638 ) *

            Actually, I've played all of those games except Ratchet and Clank and the two on your list which you claim to be enjoying but which aren't even out yet. I enjoyed Warhawk, but only until Halo 3 multiplayer came out. Drake's Fortune is a nice-looking platformer, but is pretty mediocre once you get past the pretty water effects. Resistance is just a run-of-the-mill FPS like any other FPS. Warhawk and Metal Gear Solid 4 are the the only PS3 exclusives worth anything more than a rental.

            And you are aware that o

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 25, 2008 @11:15PM (#24746739)

    A "visual representation of the PlayStation community"? Now there's a scary thought.

    • by ProppaT ( 557551 ) on Tuesday August 26, 2008 @08:46AM (#24749997) Homepage

      On the flip side of things, at least you'll finally be able to answer the question "who the hell is buying the PS3 anyway?"

      • I've been surprised at just how well it's selling. According to Wikipedia, 14 million units sold worldwide vs 19 million for the 360.

        By the way... nice website:

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        • by Poltras ( 680608 )
          According the vgchartz [], 20.35M and 14.89M as the writing of this message. Also, please note that the PS3 is currently outselling week after week the XBox, although TBH at this trend it's gonna take 3-4 years before they reach it. I don't think Sony is having financial problems, for those worried; the PSP is selling good and with a profit on each unit.
  • Hope (Score:5, Funny)

    by pieisgood ( 841871 ) on Monday August 25, 2008 @11:19PM (#24746769) Journal
    I hope it also comes with a 100% guaranteed money back if I'm dissatisfied with the community.
  • Whew... (Score:4, Funny)

    by CaseM ( 746707 ) on Monday August 25, 2008 @11:19PM (#24746771)
    a 100 percent guarantee that Home will be released by the end of this calendar year

    Thank God. And here I was worried that I might not have anything to do after finishing Duke Nukem Forever.
  • Let me see, you have a bunch of people with a common interest in gaming, and Home allows them to communicate with each other. Sounds like a social network to me.

    Then again, it's SCEE we're talking about. You can't expect too much from them.

  • by Beezlebub33 ( 1220368 ) on Tuesday August 26, 2008 @12:03AM (#24747149)

    Considering what goes on in second life in the adult areas, I cannot wait to see what happens in the adult-only areas with PS3 graphics.

    • Doesn't second life involve semi-programming to make those sex scenes? (Asking honestly, I've never been tempted to try second life). Does that sound like something a sony game will do? (Okay, that WAS a rhetorical question. No. I'll be suprised if you can do more than sit, stand, walk, and laugh.)

      • Doesn't second life involve semi-programming to make those sex scenes? (Asking honestly, I've never been tempted to try second life).

        Yep, scripted beds/poseballs with custom animations, sometimes with scripted genitalia/attachments as well.

    • Without a wiimote? Won't be as much fun as it could be.

      All guys have wii's, no?

  • Guarantee? (Score:5, Funny)

    by illegalcortex ( 1007791 ) on Tuesday August 26, 2008 @12:30AM (#24747369)

    Calculon: And you say you can guarantee me the Oscar?
    Bender: I can "guarantee" anything you want.

    • by tomzyk ( 158497 )

      Tommy: Let's think about this for a sec, Ted, why would somebody put a guarantee on a box? Hmmm, very interesting.
      Ted Nelson, Customer: Go on, I'm listening.
      Tommy: Here's the way I see it, Ted. Guy puts a fancy guarantee on a box 'cause he wants you to fell all warm and toasty inside.
      Ted Nelson, Customer: Yeah, makes a man feel good.
      Tommy: 'Course it does. Why shouldn't it? Ya figure you put that little box under your pillow at night, the Guarantee Fairy might come by and leave a quarter, am I right, Ted?

  • If Sony get home right, it could be absoloutely brilliant, in an addictive, chatroom kind of way, it could be the next second life, without a doubt.
    That being said, it's a huge concept and a lot of work, especially on a closed platform, I know this post will be a bit of a 'duh!' but I'm betting home is either extremely successful or a huge failure, not much room inbetween.

    I love my PS3 but I am betting on failure mind you, getting the formula right first try would be incredibly difficult and considering how

    • by KDR_11k ( 778916 )

      Wouldn't success also require a userbase that cares about the concept of Home?

      • I wouldn't say I 'care' as a PS3 enthusiast nor am I seriously interested but I will say I'm curious and that's all they need (I THINK it's free isn't it? you only pay for addons or something?)

        So if it's free, curious people will check, if it's a killer app, bingo - huge adoption, fast, in theory anyhow.

        • All the info I've read says it will be free.
          • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

            by powerlord ( 28156 )

            All the info I've read says it will be free.

            All the info I've seen says that the core functionality is free, but that there will still be "premium content" users will have to pay for.

            For instance, you'll be given a basic starter apartment for free, but be able to buy a bigger space (to hold more stuff, some free, some not), for a small fee.

            Not a bad middle ground for the system, since it lets users have a fully useable system for free, but lets people who believe that the "flame stickers make it go faster"

    • by xhrit ( 915936 )
      Live might have more content then the psn, but it is not exactly good. For one thing it is so slow - too much time is spent looking at a stupid spinning circle in live. Second, you have to pay for the ability to use the good parts (like being able to play games online). And the good parts are unreliable, with massive rolling outages.

      But that is ok. You got a FREE XBox LIVE Arcade to compensate for the service being so unstable.

      And a promise about how microsoft is going to enhance their dreamcast3 with
  • Maybe they mean the end of the mayan calendar long cycle? That gives them until 2012. Though that doesn't leave much time to recover the costs before the end of the world.

  • To me the "Home" logo looks like a virus in the act of infecting a cell.

    They really need to come up with something less evil-looking.

  • I read the title on the story, and immediately wondered if the existing console was the Enterprise Edition...

  • So he just threw the guaranty out there but didn't back it with anything. What happens if they don't release it in time? SO what would you like to see as a penalty? I say go old school and have him eat a hat.
  • In reading TFA, the author was really kissing Sony's a**. Not one "this could've been better" or "this was a little shaky".

    Kind of a fluff piece.

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