Sony is retooling and re-awesoming PlayStation Home, adding new content, features, and otherwise enticing PlayStation 3 owners. Version 1.3 of Home will hit your console this September. Below, in handy bullet-pointed form, are the major improvements:
- Universal game launching. Finally, you'll be able to kick off any game, any place in Home. Never again will you have to sign out of Home to play infamous. You just insert the disc of your choice while in Home and follow the on screen directions and bam: You're in the game. Some titles (Street Fighter IV, Resistance 2, MotorStorm, and Far Cry 2 so far) support advanced features, and avatars with those games in their drive will be indicated with special icons. So if you don't like some dude's shirt in Home, challenge him to fight in Street Fighter and kick his ass. Just like real life!
- In-store item previewing: When some dude beats you up because he doesn't like your shirt, you'll be able to preview a less offensive one with this feature. It's full 3D, and allows you to check out furniture, clothing and other items from any angle.
- Consumables: Certain items will be yours to consume and/or horde in Home. Sony gives the example of a shrinking potion to make your avatar tiny. Neat.
- Portable objects: To start, Sony will be giving everyone a free camera to snap pictures from either a 1st or 3rd person perspective. These photos will automatically be saved to the Photo section of the XMB, from which you can then upload to the picture frames you have hanging in your personal spaces. The other example given: A bubble machine. More object announcement will be coming, so don't sleep.
- Other improvements: new categories of clothing, optimized targeting system, new queuing system,various bug fixes, , and the option to determine your cache size (you can choose from 3, 5, 8, and 12 GB), to make Home run smoother.
So, what do you think? Is THIS enough for you to try out Home again? For me, there is no improvement I could think of to the experience to get me to go back. No offense meant to Sony, but I was seriously creeped out by Home. Chat-rooms and malls are my two least favorite places on earth, and Home reminds me of an unholy combination of both. Plus, I already have a real home I can decorate any way I want, and I can already shop for real clothes, and hang out with my real friends, and watch real movie previews of movies that don't necessarily come from the movie-making arm of Sony. Plus, I'm an anti-social person by nature -- that's why I like video games. What about you? Are you a Homer? Am I totally missing the point here?