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Hirai: 'Home' Launch Does Not Matter
Posted By: John Manalang - Thursday, July 24, 2008 3:53 PM

PS3 Child: "Daddy....when are we going 'Home'?"

Daddy: "There, there child...it doesn't matter when, but as long as I describe it to you like it's the best thing ever, it'll be ok."

In an interview with MCV, Sony Computer Entertainment prez Kaz Hirai that Sony is avoiding to rush the PS3's network service, HOME, out to users. "I want to avoid that," said Hirai. "If we have the right service, it doesn’t matter when we launch – so long as it’s in a reasonable timeframe.”

The SCE president added that even though Sony has delayed HOME twice, he has "done it for a very good reason" because he wants the service to fully serve Sony's customers. First announced during the Gamer Developers Conference in 2007, HOME is a community base service for Playstation 3 users, allowing them to create their own avatars ala Second Life. It was first announced to be released this Spring, but the the date is yet to be announced again.

MCV: Kaz Hirai Interview




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Posted by Blackkro - Friday, July 25, 2008 7:10 PM
HOME will will be the best looking, best playable, best interactive avatar program on a console and on the BEST console, the PS3!

Cant wait for it, and little big planet! :)

Posted by ScottFleener - Friday, July 25, 2008 2:10 PM
PS3 fanboys. sad :(

Posted by Smartguy81 - Friday, July 25, 2008 1:29 PM
@ulrichgaming

2 Human imo looks pretty fun. So did Haze but we saw how that turned out. 1st or 3rd party doesn't matter when it comes to delays. Either really good or really bad. Take GT5 for example...I'm sure the game is going to be great. GT5 is going to have a development cycle of close to 4.5 years once all is said and done.

Home is also very similar to second life. Interaction and avatars. Honestly the idea of Home doesn't sound very interesting. Home won't draw gamers away from Sims or Second Life however. Too heavily vested in something much more developed than the oft delayed home. My two cents anyway. I say it bombs.

Posted by staychisel - Friday, July 25, 2008 12:12 PM
how many times can i repeat myself?

HOME = EPIC FAILLLLLLLLL!!!!

Posted by Ulrichgaming - Friday, July 25, 2008 12:02 PM
@Noirsamurai

Haze is made by a 3rd party.. not sony. and 2 human has been delayed forever... and it's not doing so well... they barely mentioned Home at E3 so they have toned it down...

@smartguy

home and second life are two separate things... just like the Sims is separate... but if you want to lump those all together and you think Home won't have any Buzz... Add up the total of Sims players, and second life players.... that's a pretty large group... MS obviously thinks there is something to it... launching there half azzed party room idea... and the micro mii's...

Posted by Noirsamurai - Friday, July 25, 2008 11:04 AM
Haze was delayed and then when it came out it wasnt any good, so just because something is delayed alot doesnt mean it will come out perfect. all in all it really doesnt matter if it comes out or not as long as the games are there and the system works right. But they should stop even talking about "home" until they actually want to release it or its good enough to come out.You would think half of you were on their payroll the way you act sheesh.

Posted by ei8ht_b8ll - Friday, July 25, 2008 11:01 AM
Kaz is holding out Home until the right time. It's a marketing strategy. I'm sure it's actually done already but when to release it is a different story.. use forward thinking for a sec.. perhaps Kaz will market home on commercials with the next ps3 price drop. Slap that stamp right on the box. Then throw in a free game with the system and market it for 349.. maybe metal gear solid 4 or gasp* Gran Turismo 5. *news headline* It's black friday and Sony's PS3 system just had a price drop to 349 with a free game AND offering a new @home service called.. you guessed it, "home". email me at jt_lefebvre@yahoo.com if you wanna talk more forward thinking. All are welcome including G4 employees
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Posted by theg90 - Friday, July 25, 2008 10:33 AM
FLAMEWAR

EVERYONE GET DOWN

Posted by Smartguy81 - Friday, July 25, 2008 9:48 AM
@GrandReaper999

I also like the search bar. Very nice.

Posted by GrandReaper999 - Friday, July 25, 2008 8:04 AM
Microsoft's portbox will be running ut of steam shortly after thier last couple interesting titles drop. (GoW2, Halo Wars, Fable2). Think of all the eagerly awaited titles from Sony that we don't even have release dates for: Shadow of the colossus on ps3, GoW3, Twisted metal, more recently MAG... Even titles we hope they make we're waiting on. The funny thing about starting first is that your done first. Sony knows when to drop home, and I'm ready for it whenever it's done.. Anyone who is a fan of blizzard (activision blizzard now i guess) knows why waiting for things is important. When things are done when they're done, they're usually done right.

@Smartguy81

Vista's only appeal is the Dx10/11 support. That's it.

Posted by deathtomonalisa - Friday, July 25, 2008 7:44 AM
@thundercracker

your posts are always either very true and informative or just funny as hell so thank you.

Posted by Smartguy81 - Friday, July 25, 2008 7:39 AM
@csh0003

A few suggestions for you.
1.buy vista and use it. it's pretty good.
2.buy a better computer to run vista.
3.stick with xp if your machine is old.
4.go to apple LOL.
5.write your own OS.

I have been running Vista since it launched and have never encountered a problem with it.

@ulrich
do you think HOME is actually going to generate a buzz? You can play second life on pc already.

Posted by Ulrichgaming - Friday, July 25, 2008 7:15 AM
@xJiveJoshx

no where in there does it say delayed...

@Noirsamurai

took MS well over a year to get you a program to transfer all your DRM to another 360... I'd say that is a delay... and MS has had many more... or they just rush out an incomplete or untested product... either way I avoid MS hardware like the plague.
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Posted by Thundercracker - Friday, July 25, 2008 6:06 AM
@damien
DO NOT RESPOND TO PEOPLE WHO SAY THAT A SYSTEM STEALS FROM ANOTHER, its retarded....i want my system to steal the best parts of past consoles, dont you?

Posted by kobebryantyanic - Friday, July 25, 2008 5:58 AM
I noticed the article said we get to create avatars on home. LOL, do the guys on the screen look like avatars? It's best described as virtual people, but hey G4 posted it. It's funny how most of the people that oomplain about home coming out are the xbots, i mean, we ps3 users get to play online for free. And we have 90% of live features for free, home is only there to make our online interactivity experience better, so just sit your ass down and wait. A product need to be at a 100 percent before releasing, but xbots do not understand that, and that's why the RROD is no big deal to them.

Posted by DamienHell - Friday, July 25, 2008 5:53 AM
@csh0003
Yes everything is a copy of everything. Funny fact, do you know who complains the most about vista? People that DON'T OWN VISTA. I own vista, no problems, its confusing as hell at first, but theres no problems I have encountered. Just to point something out, if the xbox is copied from playstation then playstation is copied for the SNES (or whatever console was big when the playstation came out)

Posted by csh0003 - Thursday, July 24, 2008 11:28 PM
Microsoft is the last company to have it crap together. Microsoft cant even fix vista because that a piece of crap they wanted to get on the market. The concept of the xbox is just a copy of the playstation and nothing else. At least sony wants to get things right when they release their products.

Posted by csh0003 - Thursday, July 24, 2008 11:21 PM
Too bad bungie said go buy this piece of crap
halo 3 like a good little xbot. And they did.lol

Posted by B00MR1D3 - Thursday, July 24, 2008 11:07 PM
no it means that all xbox fans should go on all fours and take it in from gates.

Posted by mercisan - Thursday, July 24, 2008 8:42 PM
Wow, sony fans were told to sit their bitch ass down. You'll get it when you get it, ok? Stop bitching. Yep, that's what it means in other words.

Posted by Noirsamurai - Thursday, July 24, 2008 8:24 PM
Its funny that if it was xbox that was making promises and breaking them then xbox would be called unreliable or doesnt have good customer service. thats why i dont care if i pay for it because when they say they are going to do something they do it.I will get a ps3 and ofcourse keep my xbox but i will get it when they finally get their crap together.

Posted by StrongestSaiyan - Thursday, July 24, 2008 7:33 PM
Ok, so the headline was somewhat misleading. I realize it's a quote and all, but it makes it seem like Kaz doesn't care about getting Home out at all, but that's clearly not the case from the rest of the article.

Posted by cakefreak - Thursday, July 24, 2008 7:29 PM
I love the intro with the kid and the dad.

Posted by CrookedEyes - Thursday, July 24, 2008 6:11 PM
I was excited at first but now I don't care

Posted by CrookedEyes - Thursday, July 24, 2008 6:09 PM
I was excited at first but now I don't care

Posted by LOAGEEKS - Thursday, July 24, 2008 6:08 PM
Wow, great example poster manalang............NOT!!!!!!

How many times was MGS4 delayed, how about the PS3 coming out a year later after the 360. Sony makes sure the products they put out is quality. Especially when all eyes are on HOME and if it is anything less then spectacular all the Xbots will be all over it.

I for one was never interested in in Mii, Gui, or whatever else that does not have any thing to do with the games itself.

Posted by WhereAmI1980 - Thursday, July 24, 2008 5:59 PM
hey its free, so I can't complain...

just get it done so I can check it out...

Posted by Bookshelf - Thursday, July 24, 2008 5:40 PM
as long as it runs perfect when it comes out, im cool with it.

Posted by raziel_hell - Thursday, July 24, 2008 5:38 PM
do u have to have a name for each game on psn or just 1 name like live?

Posted by mac11s - Thursday, July 24, 2008 5:33 PM
oh @xJiveJoshx ""xbox online"" IS WAY DOWN COMPARE TO PSN'S HOME THATS WHY XBOX LIVE PRESENTED WIIBOX AVATAR SO ORIGINAL SO SPECIAL LOL!!!

Posted by mac11s - Thursday, July 24, 2008 5:30 PM
WELL ITS BETTER TO WAIT.. AND HOME LOOKS AMAZING AND FREE..CANT WAIT :D:D:D:D:D:D:!!!!

Posted by moose_ - Thursday, July 24, 2008 5:22 PM
Home will come out, just not this year.

Posted by drewmonster - Thursday, July 24, 2008 5:20 PM
@ DamienHell

I think its coming out, just not anytime soon

Posted by DamienHell - Thursday, July 24, 2008 5:11 PM
Its because its never coming out, its like telling your kids their dead mother is out on a buisness meeting and she keeps getting sent to other places. And the screen shots they give you, its like when you write notes for your kids and say its from their mom. Home is never coming out.... and your mom is dead. Sorry.

Posted by vismortis - Thursday, July 24, 2008 5:10 PM
yeah but getting it out before the PS4 would matter a bit they do realize that gamers are a bit fickle right

Posted by xJiveJoshx - Thursday, July 24, 2008 5:06 PM
Yeah another delay! I just want my playstation to work like an xbox online but i seem to be living in a fantasy land.

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