Developer says PlayStation Home is "Not Sh*t"

PlayStation Home, the free social-networking style virtual world for the PlayStation 3 where you wonder around a variety of themed areas as your chosen avatar, is "Not Sh*t" according to developer Kirk Ewing. Ewing, who works for Home content developer Veemee, said at last weekend's Games in Scotland event in Dundee, that he wanted to try and challenge the preconception that the service is rubbish.

PlayStation Home was made available to all PlayStation 3 users when it entered public beta testing in late 2008. After creating their avatar, users can decorate their "HomeSpace", explore the world, meet other Home users and play single-player or multi-player mini-games.

As reported by play.tm, Ewing said that "Most people think that Home is sh*t. I'm here to say that it's not."

The developer for Veemee, who are responsible for Home content such as the London Pub, Audi Space and a costume store for Home avatars, went on to cite usage statistics for the service which say that one in three PlayStation 3 owners use Home. The statistics also state that there are "1.7 million repeat users" who each spend an average of 53 minutes in the virtual world as their avatar.

The developer also went on to say that PlayStation Home would be coming out of its beta testing phase "in December of this year." However, videogamer.com (via 1UP) reports that Sony has refuted Ewing's claims, saying that Home will not be coming out of beta. The spokesperson said, "The service is still evolving and as such we have no current plans to take Home out of Beta."

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Umm.. Xbox Live Games Room anyone lol. I dont actually mind jumping into Home every now and again. Sometimes i get sick of playing games and just like hangin out with friends for a chat etc. Can actually be fun sometimes.

simmorya said,
Umm.. Xbox Live Games Room anyone lol. I dont actually mind jumping into Home every now and again. Sometimes i get sick of playing games and just like hangin out with friends for a chat etc. Can actually be fun sometimes.

I thankfully have no one that bored to go into it let alone me call them a *friend*

Baked said,
I still go into Home and play games...its free what more do you want ?

I want to be able to jump. Shoot people (paintball). Kart. Virtual shopping on ebay.. Stuff like that.

Home isnt sh*t, its actuallly pretty good. The problem with Home is that its simply boring. There is nothing to do once you login, except maybe do the mini games like the Air Race or the like, other then that, it really has nothing going for it...

Anarkii said,
Home isnt sh*t, its actuallly pretty good. The problem with Home is that its simply boring. There is nothing to do once you login, except maybe do the mini games like the Air Race or the like, other then that, it really has nothing going for it...

LOL I forgot about that, games that a pretty good BUT boring, yeh they are so good and boring..... Boring and good go so well together....

Pupik said,
"who each spend an average of 53 minutes in the virtual world as their avatar"
In a year?

I was wondering this too. I assumed per week, but the article should really specify this.

Pupik said,
"who each spend an average of 53 minutes in the virtual world as their avatar"
In a year?

In the ps3 lifetime (I bet)
Its so bad...... 53 minutes is 52:59 to long! or maybe the 53 includes all the downloading/loading time =)

Edited by ZeroHour, May 31 2010, 11:24am :

@ potato that is so true, i see this every 3 months i go into home to check up on things and to my surprise no new changes at all but the same geeky kids talking to a girl avatar trying to find out where they are from and how old are they, ahhh home is so S****y what a waste of money that could be used on better development on firmware updates.

Its full of 14 year old boys trying to get "dates". If you want instant friends, make a female avatar, go into a popular spot, and stand in the "coy" position. There will be a kid in front of you within the first minute, trying to be your friend. First question is usually, "where are u from?".

potat4o said,
Its full of 14 year old boys trying to get "dates". If you want instant friends, make a female avatar, go into a popular spot, and stand in the "coy" position. There will be a kid in front of you within the first minute, trying to be your friend. First question is usually, "where are u from?".

so it is fine... if you are pedobear.

LOL, ya my friend owns a PS3 an he said that he never uses Home since it's boring and pointless. Of course the guy who made it is gonna say it's good.

Oh the way things turned out. I remember when PS Home was going to be released and everyone (PS fans obviously) thought it would be the doom of Xbox Live. Haha, good days.

Rodrigo said,
Oh the way things turned out. I remember when PS Home was going to be released and everyone (PS fans obviously) thought it would be the doom of Xbox Live. Haha, good days.
I don't recall anyone even thinking it would be good (PS fanboys included), let alone 'be the doom of Xbox Live'.
And guess what, most people I know were right to be pessimist about it. Its absolute crap.

Spaceoff said,
I don't recall anyone even thinking it would be good (PS fanboys included), let alone 'be the doom of Xbox Live'.
And guess what, most people I know were right to be pessimist about it. Its absolute crap.

I know of only one person who thought like that. lol It just seems like a pointless concept.

Rodrigo said,
Oh the way things turned out. I remember when PS Home was going to be released and everyone (PS fans obviously) thought it would be the doom of Xbox Live. Haha, good days.

Yes. And this is how Xbox fanboys attack PS3 fanboys, fabricating truths/treat one opinion as everyone's opinion. You know, you are no better than the people you describe.


Home suffers from many things:
1. Loading times are absolutely horrendous
2. Lack of people
3. Lack of entertainment
4. Lack of customization
5. Bland environment
6. Very clunky controls

This list can go on and on, but point 1,2, and 3 is the worst part of it.

Eddo89 said,

Yes. And this is how Xbox fanboys attack PS3 fanboys, fabricating truths/treat one opinion as everyone's opinion. You know, you are no better than the people you describe.

Sorry the truth hurts you, but I am not making stuff up. Have a nice day.

Actually, it's true. During the early days, everyone was hyping home as the xbox live killer. You can invite people into your own movie theater, apt, and do all these games with them, in this Home setting.... Turns out sony failed to live up to another hype. A big loss, na, but still failed hype.

..."Most people think that Home is sh*t. I'm here to say that it's not."....
If I think something is ****, then it's **** to me, and I won't use it

It's like someone you hate telling you that you actually love them. it won't make you really love them

His opinion would weigh in more if he wasn't an active developer for it. I personally don;t bother with Home. Just not my thing to walk around a commercial dense atmosphere. I get that in the real world.

CarlMS said,
Oh but it is.

you know what it might look crap to us but a developer always think great about their product... and its not easy developing such a huge networking sw. is home good??? yes!!! is it useful????? No....