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Video: PlayStation Home Adds Developer Tools in Version 1.5

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183w ago - PlayStation Home Community Manager Locust_Star has announced today that PlayStation Home is adding a suite of new Developer Tools and Tech to the version 1.5 update.

To quote: Today, at the [Register or Login to view links] in San Francisco, we lifted the veil on PlayStation Home's version 1.5, which will be coming to your PS3s in early spring.

The update will introduce a suite of new technology with tools that will enhance your experience with real-time multiplayer, improved physics, as well as more realistic graphics and animations. PlayStation Home v1.5 was developed with one singular goal in mind: high-quality games.

Developers will utilize the improved network mechanics to bolster the multiplayer experience with the fastest action available. With the revamped physics engine, developers will carry more control over physics elements, graphics, rendering and animations, which will translate to more realistic and more intricate game experiences.

This update is significantly different from what you, the PlayStation Home community, have come to expect from past core client updates.

While versions 1.3 and 1.4 brought user-facing features like Voice Chat, Cross Game Invites, Navigation Improvements, In-Store Previews, New Item Types...
 

Sony Announces Xi Returns to PlayStation Home, Holiday Items

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193w ago - Sony Community Manager Locust_Star has announced that Xi is returning to PlayStation Home along with some special holiday items on the way.

To quote: This Thursday, December 23rd marks the return of one of the most popular games to ever grace the PlayStation Home platform.

The Xi Museum - a commemorative game space constructed solely for fans of the PlayStation Home exclusive Alternate Reality Game - consists of an updated Alumni hub plus three AlphaZone 1 spaces (Hexopolis, Maximum Tilt and the Text Adventure room) and four AlphaZone 3 mazes.

Play a variety of games in this collection of historic spaces to unlock a slew of collectible ornaments and explore the mysterious world of Xi.

The new and improved Alumni hub also includes a Xi Museum Shop, which has 11 unique items for sale - including full-size Maximum Tilt bikes for your personal spaces to your own version of Jess's Xi party apartment (can you figure out how to open the safe?).

You can also pick up your own Stapler active item for your apartment, who will share new words of wisdom with you every day, as well as an incredibly cute Stapler companion that can accompany you throughout PlayStation Home.

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PlayStation Home Version 1.41 Update, Lots of Additions Incoming

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194w ago - PlayStation Home Community Manager Locust_Star has announced today news of the PlayStation Home version 1.41 update alongside several additions to the PS Home Mall and Novus Prime.

To quote: Early this morning, PlayStation Home received yet another update to its core client.

Available now, the 1.41 update includes many improvements that were requested by our community after the massive 1.4 release last month. Patch notes can be found HERE along with instructions on How to Update to Version 1.41.

[Register or Login to view links], the recently released space combat game exclusive to PlayStation Home, also receives an update this week. Pilots who have earned the rank of Airman or Captain will receive pilot jacket rewards upon reporting for duty on Thursday, December 16th. Earth Fleet is also proud to announce the new Mini-Mech companion (there's no longer any need to walk alone!).

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[Register or Login to view links] is throwing their first event this weekend, and you are invited! Check out the Konami Penthouse in PlayStation Home this weekend for...
 

PlayStation Home: Relive Old Favorites in The PSN Sphere!

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194w ago - SCEE Home Community Lead Alex Weekes has announced news of reliving old favorites in the PSN Sphere as part of this weeks PlayStation Home content update.

To quote: December is a great month for events, and so it is that this week we announce the launch of the PSN Sphere public space.

The brand new PSN Sphere will showcase the top PlayStation Network titles and act as a hub for accessing the uniquely themed event spaces devoted to each title. At launch, the Sphere will host three classic and much-loved event spaces: Fat Princess, Hustle Kings and Gravity Crash.

In addition, those who love puzzles should try out the maze mini game, in which you'll use the SIXAXIS controller to navigate a glass ball towards a portal against the clock. There's a reward on offer for each area navigated... if you're fast enough!

The Sphere will be worth revisiting over time, as it grows with information about upcoming titles as well as themed areas for the best titles; the first of which is due soon, and is sure to send a shiver down your spine!

Christmas: a time for good food, good times... and good sledging! The good people at Audi have taken their long-held interest in all things winter sports related to another level with the design of their technically peerless Audi...
 

Sony's PlayStation Home Turns Two, New Games Are Incoming

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194w ago - Sony PlayStation Home Director Jack Buser has announced today that PS Home is turning two, and that some new video games are incoming as well!

To quote: It's amazing to look at the evolution of PlayStation Home and see how much it has changed since we launched in December two years ago.

From our humble beginnings in 2008, we've become a world filled with hundreds of games enjoyed by 17 million users worldwide and given PlayStation Network users a unique and dynamic gaming experience that can only be found on our platform.

The idea of what games mean in PS Home has also changed. In contrast to the handful of simple mini-games offered at launch, we now see a huge variety of games, including massive full-length games developed by some of the most prominent and innovative indie developers in our industry.

The experience of PS Home itself has radically improved over the years as well, with faster load times, zero-wait game access, intuitive navigation, and the addition of features such as group-based voice chat and robust inventory management.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so check out the infographic below to see how PlayStation Home has evolved over the last two years into an industry leading social game platform:

Also, as part...
 
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