Major PlayStation Home Update Coming Fall


PlayStation Home v1.3 has just been announced at Gamescom in Germany. Follow the link for full official details, but here are the summarized highlights:

  • Universal Game Launching: Any PS3 game can be launched directly from Home. Some games will feature additional multiplayer integration features.
  • Shopping Enhancements: Including 3D item preview and try-on.
  • New Portable Game Objects: (such as bubble machine). Also the ability to hide objects left by others.
  • SingStar Space: Night-club themed space with games, video jukebox, and music trivia.
  • More emotes: Including “action” emotes
  • Cameras: Everyone will get an in-game camera to take Home screenshots.

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It’s been fun checking out all the clever new Home additions as they roll out. This one sounds much bigger than usual. Maybe they will finally drop that beta tag as well.


Written by: Darrin - Contributing Editor


  1. #1 by Emrah on August 20th, 2009 [ 7319 Points ]

    The universal game launching will probably not be a universal party system, this would require patches for games. It will probably be just a way to jump faster to a game from home. “Some games will feature additional multiplayer integration features.” These will be the real deal.

  2. #2 by Paranoimia on August 20th, 2009

    The 3D preview of items is great, and is something lots of people have been asking for.

    The ability to hide objects left by others is fantastic, and will put an end to much of the disruption some people choose to cause by leaving their bubble machines blocking entrances. This was a major problem at one point during Xi, as small groups of people deliberately placed bubble machines at the entrances to some puzzle rooms, preventing people from accessing them.

  3. #3 by No Kill Tayler on August 20th, 2009 [ 1865 Points ]

    This still won’t make me want to come back into home.
    Will it for anyone else?

  4. #4 by Emrah on August 20th, 2009 [ 7319 Points ]

    I’m amongst those who’d rather play Eight days or Getaway than wander about Home.

  5. #5 by Blackstaffer on August 20th, 2009 [ 7211 Points ]

    What Home really needs:

    1) Faster load times.
    2) Game-launching support IN GAMES, with better options than the R2 one, for example.
    3) Faster load times.
    4) Use of avatars outside of Home.
    5) Faster load times.

  6. #6 by Stephencr on August 20th, 2009 [ 285 Points ]

    Blackstaffer :
    What Home really needs:
    1) Faster load times.
    2) Game-launching support IN GAMES, with better options than the R2 one, for example.
    3) Faster load times.
    4) Use of avatars outside of Home.
    5) Faster load times.

    yes more and more faster load times

  7. #7 by Tosh on August 20th, 2009 [ 1102 Points ]

    Blackstaffer :

    What Home really needs:

    1) Faster load times.
    2) Game-launching support IN GAMES, with better options than the R2 one, for example.
    3) Faster load times.
    4) Use of avatars outside of Home.
    5) Faster load times.

    I’m sure this will speed up loading:

    In addition, we’ve optimized the targeting system, added a new queuing system, fixed quite a few pesky bugs, and are giving you the option to determine your cache size (you can choose from 3, 5, 8, and 12 GB) so as to make navigating Home a much smoother experience.

  8. #8 by Blackstaffer on August 20th, 2009 [ 7211 Points ]

    Yes, I saw that. Having a cache will help, but it won’t solve the problem. Frankly, I think that Home and PAIN are the two most sloppily programmed things available on the PS3.

  9. #9 by Kicks on August 20th, 2009 [ 774 Points ]

    I’ve gone in home and played some of the mini games, but hate waiting to play them

    The idea of universal game launching is great, but like some have mentioned could really benefit from a party system that will be near impossible to put in place now.


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