PlayStation Home, the digital hang out space for Sony's PlayStation 3 that opened to the public in 2008, is getting an extreme makeover later this year. Sony's console social network will be redesigned for the fall, reemerging as an experience that's part theme park, part online game and part social network.
This spring, Sony's social networking platform PlayStation Home will graduate to version 1.5, bringing with it "real-time multiplayer." That update is designed to make fast-paced video games, racers and first-person shooters, playable in Home.
PlayStation Home director Jack Buser bragged about the social network's latest population accomplishment, saying that Sony now has an impressive 12 million users signed up for the service worldwide. Why was Sony broadcasting that particular figure at GDC?
Jack Buser, director of Home, was kind enough to join us for this podcast.
Home will indeed hit a 2008 launch, it's most recent launch date, but only after going through an open beta, Home director Jack Buser told me in a recent interview.