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Marvel_us
03-07-07, 12:56 PM
Wow, so Sony really has been working on something big. Check out the trailer.

http://www.gametrailers.com/downloadnew.php?id=17559

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Announces Ground-Breaking, Next-Generation 3D Online-User Community for PLAYSTATION(R)3 - 'Home'

Free Download to Allow Broad User Interaction in Highly Detailed Community Environment; Opens Door to User-Created Content, Collaboration and Commerce

TOKYO and SAN FRANCISCO, March 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) today announced the unveiling of a first-of-its-kind 3D online user community service for the PLAYSTATION(R)3 (PS3(TM)) computer entertainment system. The service, known as "Home," will enable users to create their own avatar and explore a real-time virtual community, as if they are playing a detailed 3D game for PS3. The service will become available globally beginning in fall 2007.


Home will be demonstrated at the Game Developer's Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, California on March 7 as a key element of SCEI Worldwide Studios' President Phil Harrison's keynote presentation titled "Game 3.0: Developing and Creating for the 3rd Age of Videogames."


Home is a real-time online 3D, networked community available on the PLAYSTATION(R)Network. It allows PS3 users to interact, communicate, join online games, shop, share private content and even build and show off their own personal spaces to others in real time. Home will be available as a free download from the PLAYSTATION(R)Store and will launch directly from XMB(TM) (XrossMediaBar) on PS3.


With an avatar uniquely customized according to each user's preference, users can explore the 3D community that is Home -- a sleek, modern environment featuring spacious common areas; custom spaces dedicated to specific games; and personal apartments. Each user is assigned an apartment in Home where they can invite others to join them as they show off their own style in an area they can personalize themselves with furniture, art and other items -- even a different view from their windows. They can also show their personal video, pictures and other digital media content found on their PS3 hard drives in their apartments. Very rich interactive communication with others is achieved through built in text, audio and video chat, along with sophisticated emotional animations for each character.


Sharing continues in the "Hall of Fame," where users can display new 3D trophies that will be unlocked through in-game milestones for the games they own as well viewing the trophies of other users across the PLAYSTATION Network and for other games they've yet to purchase.


"This is a significant step forward in the area of user community services and emergent entertainment experiences," said Izumi Kawanishi, Corporate Executive and CTO Software, SCEI. "While the 3D graphics demonstrate the power of PS3 and the PLAYSTATION Network, the most impressive feature in Home is the variety of ways in which multiple consumers, as well as our third-party partners, can experience the next generation of communication by interacting and sharing among each other. I feel strongly that this unique blend of community, user-generated content, collaboration and commerce will expand the future of computer entertainment."


Home will go into a closed beta test this spring with a full launch targeted for later this year. By having a broad range of business partners participate in Home -- from 3rd party publishers and developers to brands outside traditional gaming categories -- along with a powerful selection of upcoming game software titles for PS3, SCEI will continue to expand the horizons of networked entertainment and vigorously promote PS3 as the next generation computer entertainment platform.

Imbroglio
03-07-07, 01:16 PM
*gasp* a free XBL???

sounds cools :D

Marvel_us
03-07-07, 01:22 PM
More like (XBL + the sims)^2.

This Home thing is better than I thought it would be.

Apollo 13
03-07-07, 01:28 PM
Sorry but in no way does this even make me think of Live. The only thing I can think of when looking at the video was online sims. That is a cool feature and the ppl and Japan will love it.

Imbroglio
03-07-07, 01:36 PM
Sorry but in no way does this even make me think of Live. The only thing I can think of when looking at the video was online sims. That is a cool feature and the ppl and Japan will love it.

Hall of Fame Trophies = Achievements
Chat/Online Friend Connection = XBL

the only thing different is the online "apartment" where others can view your files off of you HD, which is like a creapy rl sims thing if you ask me.

thor1182
03-07-07, 01:38 PM
that doesn't seem appealing to me what so ever. it reminds me, like someone else said, like SIMS.

"Matchmaking" is this a gaming place or a dating site O.o?

Marvel_us
03-07-07, 01:44 PM
It's more than just a match making service. It's a seamless world where you can chat, play games, share music, videos, show off a huge amount of trophies which are more like statues of game characters, download vidoes, music, games etc.

Ninjaman09
03-07-07, 01:44 PM
LOL. Taking cybering to a whole new level.

thor1182
03-07-07, 01:45 PM
this also makes me think of something like 2nd life. It said a lot about buying things from the PS store, so thats how they plan on making money off it, all the customizable stuff people will buy.

There are a lot of IF's in there for this to be a pay off:
1. A lot of people have to buy into and and spend the time getting involved in it.
2. People actually want to spend money on customizable stuff to help cover dev costs and beyond.
3. Server infrastructure run all that

Serath
03-07-07, 01:46 PM
Finally have a real reason to be excited about the PS3. I've had mine since November and seriously used it for a total of maybe 5 hours if that... PS Home just might make me turn it on more... At least until some REAL software hits the system. Motorstorm is starting to fill the gap, though.

thor1182
03-07-07, 01:46 PM
and also, maybe I missed it... but whats the point?

I mean I want a game console for I don't know, games... how does this make me want a PS3?

Serath
03-07-07, 01:49 PM
Honestly... game consoles have gone far away from simple gaming with the introduction of networking. Gaming is now more of a social activity than a simple single person's entertainment. Multiplayer rules supreme, and so getting friends together to play is what makes the modern experience

OWA
03-07-07, 01:50 PM
I'm interested to see how they pull it off. Seems like it would be a tremendous load on the servers/network. I wonder if there is any way to get in the closed beta?

Lyme
03-07-07, 01:56 PM
I'm interested to see how they pull it off. Seems like it would be a tremendous load on the servers/network. I wonder if there is any way to get in the closed beta?

I'm at work and can't check the video, however I am interested in how the network performance is going to be. Rumour has it that the ps3 network is blazing fast everywhere in Japan, while it isn't quite that fast everywhere else.

Marvel_us
03-07-07, 01:57 PM
I doubt they'd do something this huge if they didn't have the servers to pull it off.

Little Big Planet looks pretty nice too.
http://images.eurogamer.net/assets/articles//a/7/3/8/1/8/ss_preview_LittleBigPlanet_Screenshot_76.bmp.jpg
http://images.eurogamer.net/assets/articles//a/7/3/8/1/8/ss_preview_LittleBigPlanet_Screenshot_63.bmp.jpg
http://images.eurogamer.net/assets/articles//a/7/3/8/1/8/ss_preview_LittleBigPlanet_Screenshot_78a.bmp.jpg

Sony Computer Entertainment Unveils Two Innovative User Community Titles - 'Home' and 'LittleBigPlanet(TM)' - Supporting Its Game 3.0 Vision Announced at GDC 2007

New Developer Tools and Technologies Also Introduced for PLAYSTATION(R)3 (PS3(TM))

SAN FRANCISCO, March 7 /PRNewswire/ -- At the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco today, Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) unveiled two unique PLAYSTATION(R)3 (PS3(TM)) titles: "Home," a real-time, networked 3D avatar- based community that serves as a meeting place for PS3 users from around the world, and "LittleBigPlanet(TM)," a community-based game where users play, create and share what they build with other worldwide PS3 users. These new networked titles are part of the "Game 3.0" vision introduced during a keynote by Phil Harrison, President, Worldwide Studios, Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE).


The power of consumer creativity via Game 3.0 leverages trends such as online collaboration and user-generated content with the goal of creating an engaging new experience in interactive entertainment and new streams for creative game development. In contrast to the current game development and publishing paradigm, Game 3.0 reverses the trend of "pushing" content dictated solely by the developer, and puts the spotlight back on the consumer, encouraging them to become part of the game creation process. What is different is how this can be applied to an even broader degree creating new business models that expand the audiences and scope of interactive entertainment.


"Technology innovation is part of the culture at SCE as evidenced by our influence on real-time 3D computer graphics and the optical disc format in the 1990's, to the more recent innovations such as Cell Broadband Engine(TM) computing and the use of Blu-ray in PS3," said Phil Harrison, president, Worldwide Studios, SCE. "Our vision for the future, Game 3.0, will continue our track record of industry advancement by leveraging the convergence of technologies, from broadband and video chat to supercomputer-speed processors, to make gaming more interactive and dynamic than ever before."


Demonstrating this vision of Game 3.0, SCE today unveiled a new real-time 3D avatar-based community and communication service for the PS3 platform. The new service, Home, puts users into a real-time, networked 3D community, where they can interact, join online games, communicate, share content and even build and show off their own personal spaces. Home will be available this fall as a free download from the PLAYSTATION(R)Store. Other notable features include:


-- Making your own personalized 3D character or avatar. These realistic
human characters are highly customizable with different body types,
skin tones, ages, clothing and accessories, creating a unique
personality for each user.
-- Exploring the 3D community that is Home -- a sleek, modern indoor space
featuring spacious common areas, retail shops, game lobbies and
extensible, customizable personal apartments.
-- Communicating with others through text, audio and video chat, along
with sophisticated emotional animations for each character.
-- Being assigned an apartment in Home where others can be invited to join
you as you show off your own style in an area you can personalize
yourself with furniture, art and other items. You can even show your
video, pictures and music content stored on your PS3 hard drive.
-- "Hall of Fame," where you can display new 3D trophies that will be
unlocked through in-game milestones in PS3 games.



Another innovative example of the Game 3.0 vision is a brand-new community-based world called LittleBigPlanet. LittleBigPlanet starts with players learning about the powers of their chosen characters to interact physically with the environment. There are obstacles to explore, items to collect and puzzles to solve -- requiring community-based teamwork and brainpower. As players begin to explore, their creative skills grow and they will be ready to start creating and modifying their surroundings -- the first step to sharing them with the whole world. Ultimately, levels of the game will be user generated on a worldwide scale and will change everyday as players create, publish and share their own levels.


Users have the power to design, shape and build both objects and entire locations for others to play. Players can make their world as open or as secretive to explore as they like. When it's ready, they can invite anyone within the LittleBigPlanet universe to come and explore their "patch," or they can go and explore everybody else's. Other notable features and characteristics of the community-based game include:


-- Players craft their own individual experience. There's not just one way
to play.
-- Unlimited possibilities for user-created content -- players can
customize everything: their characters, the landscape around them and
their own "patch" on LittleBigPlanet.
-- Players discover and win new skills and items to aid them on their
creative journey.
-- Online and offline multiplayer modes -- work as a team or get
competitive.



A fully-featured sample version of LittleBigPlanet is expected on the PLAYSTATION Network this fall, with a full version expected to be made available in early 2008.


Simplifying Development for PS3


SCE also introduced advanced graphics tools and technologies for PS3, including PLAYSTATION(R)Edge -- a new set of cutting edge technologies that will be released to PS3 developers via the existing developer support network. Exploiting the technology of its highest performing games, SCE has chosen to create specialized systems that demonstrate best practices in making use of the Synergistic Processing Unit (SPU) in the Cell Broadband Engine, and utilization of the RSX(TM), a graphics chip co-developed by NVIDIA Corporation and SCE for PS3. With industry-defining features, a tool for RSX performance analysis, GCMReplay, is used extensively in the tuning of first-party titles and was also unveiled.

thor1182
03-07-07, 01:57 PM
yeah our infrastructure in the consumer space sucks.

OWA
03-07-07, 02:00 PM
I doubt they'd do something this huge if they didn't have the servers to pull it off.

Little Big Planet looks pretty nice too.

Thanks for the updates. :)

Marvel_us
03-07-07, 02:02 PM
The art style and graphics for LBP are amazing. Simple but all of the small things are done right, lighting, dof, motion blur etc.

Killzone debut in July.
http://ps3.ign.com/articles/770/770996p1.html

EDIT: A ton of pics of Home and LBP:
http://www.watch.impress.co.jp/game/docs/20070308/gdcps3.htm

S.I.N
03-07-07, 02:04 PM
http://imagesource.art.com/images/-/Mark-McGwire-500th-Homerun-Photograph-C10131513.jpeg

Looks like Sony just hit a homerun. Home looks infinitely better than Live and something you would expect to be charged for but it will be FREE. And Little Big Planet looks amazing.(nana2)

Marvel_us
03-07-07, 02:07 PM
1up Yours podcast: Special Phil Edition

For those who can't understand the concept of Home this is a good listen.
http://zdmedia.vo.llnwd.net/o1/Podcasts/030707.mp3

Lol, even Luke from 1up thinks Home is pretty impressive.

thor1182
03-07-07, 02:07 PM
better than LIVE how? This Home things seems to be aimed at doing something else entirely than be a backbone tool to play games on.

1337_Like_ThaT
03-07-07, 02:10 PM
http://imagesource.art.com/images/-/Mark-McGwire-500th-Homerun-Photograph-C10131513.jpeg

Looks like Sony just hit a homerun. Home looks infinitely better than Live and something you would expect to be charged for but it will be FREE. And Little Big Planet looks amazing.(nana2)

Did you really have to use steroid breathe as an example :p

OWA
03-07-07, 02:10 PM
The art style and graphics for LBP are amazing. Simple but all of the small things are done right, lighting, dof, motion blur etc.

Killzone debut in July.
http://ps3.ign.com/articles/770/770996p1.html

EDIT: A ton of pics of Home and LBP:
http://www.watch.impress.co.jp/game/docs/20070308/gdcps3.htm
Hmm, that actually looks a lot better than I thought it would. I thought they'd have to use really simplistic graphics. All the models are youngin's though so I hope they have some models for us ol' timers. :)

Edit: Nevermind, just read the info posted.

These realistic human characters are highly customizable with different body types,
skin tones, ages, clothing and accessories, creating a unique
personality for each user.

Marvel_us
03-07-07, 02:12 PM
better than LIVE how? This Home things seems to be aimed at doing something else entirely than be a backbone tool to play games on.

How so? It offers everything you need to play games. You don't have to run around in the world if you don't want to. You can have the option of doing all of that in world stuff and navigate through menus.

S.I.N
03-07-07, 02:22 PM
Did you really have to use steroid breathe as an example :p

Yep. It is s perfect representation of how much of a hit this will be towards Live if Sony gets it right. Home run baby.(nana2)